Ever since Arizona Sen. John McCain sealed the deal this spring to propel himself toward the GOP nomination, I have been worried that his hope to run a “respectful” campaign would enjoin him from getting his hands dirty. In fact, several times in March, April and May I watched as McCain rebuked his own supporters for making strong arguments against Barack Obama, and I thought we were doomed.
Even a little more than a week ago, when McCain and Obama squared off in Mississippi for the first presidential debate, he harped on and on about earmarks and spending when asked about the mortgage and economic crisis. I thought of the end of his acceptance speech, where he yelled “FIGHT WITH ME! FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY!” and shook my head in disappointment.
Now, in terms understood by Sarah Palin and other hockey moms and dads across the country, John McCain has not only dropped the gloves, but he’s pulled Obama’s jersey over his head and is preparing to slug him right in the gut. Yesterday, at a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he FINALLY talked about our economic troubles and gave credit where credit is due. Now, if he can only do the same in tonight’s debate, I think we may see a big shift in the polls.