Well, they’d better hope so.
According to the Washington Post, the McCain campaign and the Republicans are “readying a newly aggressive assault” for the final month of the election season, moving away from John McCain’s maverick-war-hero biography and shifting focus to Barack Obama and his associates; senior campaign officials offered Tony Rezko and William Ayers as examples. (I love the WaPo’s description of Ayers, “whom the McCain campaign regularly calls a domestic terrorist because of his acts of violence against the U.S. government in the 1960s.” [Emphasis mine.] Well, what would you call him?)
Sources at the campaign say that the new ad I touched on earlier, taking Obama to task over his description of himself as a “tax cutter,” was the leading edge of this new aggressive stance. Hot Air backs me up that McCain will have to do better than that, and the best way to do it is to go national hammering the Democrats’ opposition to his drive for tightened oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Details, and a dimly encouraging quote from McCain, below the break.
Obama was a willing part of that obstructionism, no doubt prodded along by the gobs of money he has accepted from those GSEs in particular, which amounts to more than any other senator, with the logical exception of Banking Committee chairman Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut (who, it must be remembered, has had nearly 30 years in the Senate to rack up his total, as oppose to Obama’s less than four). That tack makes for a much sharper leading edge at a time like this than hitting Obama on his pretense to tax-cutting.
The WaPo article says that McCain appears to be getting the message:
Speaking in Pueblo just as the House was finishing deliberations on the package, McCain blamed fellow lawmakers for the failure to adequately regulate the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“It was the Democrats and some Republicans in the Congress who pushed back and did not allow those reforms to take place, and that’s a major reason we are in the trouble we are in today,” he said. “Those members of Congress ought to be held accountable on November 4th as well.”
OK, good, Senator. Now you just have to take it national and put it in your ads, and connect Obama to the reform blockade. Shouldn’t be too hard; he was there, he was active, and he was well-paid.
UPDATE: Come on, Senator, if Alec Baldwin of all people is able to connect these dots (Baldwin called out Barney Frank and the Democrats on Real Time last night), is there any excuse for your not having mined this mother lode yet? Baldwin can’t do it for you, since nobody watches Real Time anymore.