The panel on this morning's Fox News Sunday talked about the bad economy President Bush and the Republicans have created and how it will effect Senator John McCain's campaign. One of the big obstacles McCain faces and I believe is the one he can't overcome is the economy, stupid. Panelist Fred Barnes just uses the tried and true Conservative play-book. He says McCain can combat Democratic attacks by distorting their positions to the American people.
Barnes: " ...What I think he would have to do would be to go on offense against the Democrats and say look, the Democrats are threatening a trade war. They not only want to reopen NAFTA with our biggest trading partners, Canada and Mexico, they want to stop any more free trade agreements... [snip] Secondly, they will raise taxes in the teeth of a recession which would obviously, that would make things worse."
Barnes says McCain should warn that the Democrats will raise your taxes and want to start a trade war in the middle of a recession, which of course, is patently false. Bill Kristol agrees with Barnes that McCain should go with these attacks, but Juan Williams steps in and reminds everyone that Americans equate the billions of dollars being spent in Iraq to the economic crisis at home and that to run on less taxes and more war isn't going to cut it for McCain this fall. Of course, no one on the panel agrees with Juan, but he gets it right.