Republican party pollster and communications consultant
Barack Obama will be the next President. For a pollster and message consultant to declare the outcome with 10 days to go is risky. But John McCain's campaign has shown no capability to capitalise on events, and the Obama campaign just doesn't make mistakes.
It didn't have to be this way. McCain could have stood up and said no to the $700 billion "taxpayer-funded Wall Street bail-out". McCain could have been a hero for the middle-class.
Sure, it's now called an "economic rescue plan" by the White House, but the Bush Administration's rebranding came too little and too late. He could have declared that "Main Street should not have to pay for the sins of Wall Street", that it's "time for the corporate con-men to do some time for costing us some dime".
That decision alone would have made him a hero to tens of millions of hard-working middle-class voters who resent seeing their tax dollars handed over to fund the retirement packages of the Billionaire Boys Club. But he didn't.
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