Monday, September 22, 2008

CNN Sez: It Really Is the Economy, Stupid!

"The economy has always been considered John McCain’s Achilles heel, and the CNN poll of polls started to show an Obama edge in the middle of last week — just as the financial crisis began to hit home for many Americans,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

And oh my, look at the brand new CNN-Opinion Research national poll!

Obama (D) 51%
McCain (R) 47%

So why has Obama been doing so much better lately? Basically, this election has become all about the economy. With people losing their jobs, their retirement savings, and even their homes, they can't afford to fret over trivial crap like "lipstick" and "bullying". The GOP is trying to make this election all about "personality" nonsense, but that simply doesn't work when people are worried about their own livelihoods.

This is why Democrats can't stop making a personal connection on this election's top issue. We need to keep talking about why the McBush deregulation agenda hurts working class people. We need to explain why a campaign run by corporate lobbyists can't be trusted to protect workers and middle-class investors once elected. We need to keep making the case that only a Democratic President and Democratic Congress can fix this economic mess and make our economy work for working people again.

Obama's been doing a great job at this. He just needs to stay on message, and we can't let GOP ploys distract us. Make this election a referendum on the failure of Bush-Cheney-McCain to protect the middle class, and see Democrats win.


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