That's what Obama's doing to McCain. Great stuff. Few things have heartened me as much this year as that speech. I knew Obama was an amazing counterpuncher, but here he is, going out there from the opening bell, landing a whole flurry of punches.
McCain's in trouble already.
As diarist sricki notes, Obama also mentioned his intention to partner with Elizabeth Edwards on his health care plan. Elizabeth, as we remember, chose initially to endorse Clinton's plan over Obama's.
Even before that, of course, Elizabeth Edwards favored the health care plan of her husband John. And now that both Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are out of the race, that's the more relevant datum. I assume Elizabeth thinks Obama can be persuaded into supporting a health care plan that's got a lot in common with the Edwards plan.
I really think that's all it comes down to: Obama's been getting it from all sides, while the GOP shifted their fire from Hillary to Obama months ago - and indeed has been somewhat supportive of her.
That's finally been sinking in over the past month. It would be just the reverse if Obama were the one trailing, and Hillary was about to wrap up the nomination.
Hell, it was the reverse just a few months back, when Hillary still looked like the favorite.
If one boat is sailing into a headwind while the other has a tailwind, the boat with the tailwind may well seem to be the faster boat. But the boat we choose, whichever one it is, will have to sail into the headwind.
If we chose that boat on the basis of its speed with a tailwind, that would be kinda dumb.
It's an oddity that Clinton has become the stronger GE candidate against McCain. When I voted for Clinton back in Feb, she wasn't any stronger than Obama, but as the campaign has went on, Clinton has become stronger against McCain than Obama, even as her chances to win the nomination dwindle. As someone that just wants Dem to win the presidency, Clinton wasn't my first choice, but her chances look pretty good now.
What's so odd about it? Obama's been getting hammered from both Hillary and the GOP. The GOP's been semi-supporting Hillary in the Dem race ever since it became clear, a few months back, that Obama was going to be hard to overtake. After a couple of months of the GOP's holding its fire (and Obama's attacks were always restrained, knowing he'd need Hillary and her supporters in the fall), of course Hillary started to look better.
This isn't rocket science. Same thing would have been true in reverse - in fact, it was true in reverse, just a few months ago, when the GOP had been aiming its guns at Hillary, before they figured out Obama had the upper hand.
Obama's almost certain to reach 2025 next Tuesday night. (DemConWatch says he's got 1976 delegates; if he can get 35 in PR/SD/MT, he'd only need 14 supers this week, and there are 7 'Pelosi Club' members who've said they'll vote for the winner of the pledged delegate majority.)
Once he's in the end zone, they aren't going to move the goalposts back in a way that even temporarily undoes his win. Not happening.