There are two races for president this year, Michael Tomasky writes in the Guardian, “a race about Barack Obama and a race about what the GOP has done to the country.” And Obama would be well served to turn the focus to John McCain, whose recent gaffes have gone unanswered as the Democrat tries to make people vote for him—and not against his opponent.
It will be easier for Obama to attach his rival to the failed Republican experiment than convince a skeptical public of his patriotic bona fides, Tomasky writes. “Most of all, Obama needs to make the race about GOP failures and persuade people that McCain will continue them. ‘McCain equals Bush's third term’ is a decent slogan. But they need to paint in the canvas.”