What did Barack Obama do on vacation in Hawaii, beside body-surf and eat shaved ice? He learned three important lessons, John Dickerson writes in Slate, about how to handle the coming phase of the campaign:
- “Keep it big.” The Democrat has decided to push the “turning-point election” idea. Voters aren’t pleased with the way things are going, so he’ll stress “change vs. more of the same” even harder.
- "Show them how you feel." Since getting back, Obama's been trying to show he's no unfeeling, cold fish. Wage discrimination makes his "blood boil," he says, and he's looking for a running mate who's "mad right now."
- "Stay in McCain's face." The Democrat has been getting aggressive, painting John McCain as another President Bush and a "poll-driven Washington insider."