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June 02, 2012

Panic at the White House; & Obama Misses the Nice, Civilized Punching-Bag McCain Campaign

Two great "Quotes of the Day" from Allah you've probably already read. Really outstanding digest of the two most important political trends this week -- pundits are finally getting that this is a depression, not a "recession" we've recovered from, and there will be no "mini-boom" for Obama.

There had not been one since the depression started. Although it's always possible something good will happen, there's no particular reason to expect the depression to suddenly end, and certainly no specific reason to expect it will do so in time to aid Obama.

The other big news about the structural dynamic of this election is that Romney is winning over skeptical conservatives by demonstrating he's not just willing to fight, he's eager to do so.

Now, I gotta tell ya, if McCain were running against Obama with a record of failure and economic depression, even McCain would be blasting him on this, too.

But Romney's doing a little more than that-- the campaign's protest of Axelrod demonstrates he's willing to fight fire with fire, and not just clap himself on the back for being "above the fray."

Anyone who's above the fray shouldn't be running for President. This is sort of the dictionary definition of a "fray."

Moe Lane flashes back to the 2008 campaign, in which John McCain was expected to be a boyscout, and meanwhile Barack Obama was free to goof on McCain's inability to write an email -- an inability caused by the fact that his arms were busted up by the North Vietnamese in a torture camp, and so he doesn't type his own messages.

There's a kicker to that story, too-- it's worse than I remembered.

So yes, it's not 2008 anymore.

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