According to Rasmussen, half of all voters believe that the William Ayers issue has harmed the campaign… the McCain campaign. Is this a nation full of lucid thinkers or what?

It’s been known for a long time that the public in general doesn’t care about William Ayers — or even the Reverend Wright. Hell, even if this is true they won’t care. There are still those on the right who believe that McCain should hit harder on Obama’s Wright association, but I’m not sure that would make a difference either.

Unfortunately, there’s really no such thing as “anti-American” anymore — there is only a “New Patriotism” — and that’s a movement that seems to be growing in popularity, and it’s going to get us all killed. Even worse, it might impede the printing and delivery of our next government check.

This is where McCain should be striking, as at this point it’s the only way to make an impression on total dipshits.

With Obama as president and a Democrat majority in Congress, the defense budget will be cut by 25% in order to help pay for the pie-in-the-sky slew of new programs, not the least of which is “free” health care.

McCain needs to hammer on this issue and state that he considers military and “nuclear deterrence” programs to be the best health care program the government can possibly provide. And to get the vacuous dingbats on board whose entire world consists of what they see reflected in their bathroom mirror, point out that if we’re attacked and their mailman is killed, they absolutely will not be getting their next government check, and that includes the one earmarked for their health care.

This should be the closer to a series of new McCain ads: “What good is Head Start, free prescription drugs and well-child exams to a smoldering pile of ashes formerly known as an American family? In a dangerous world, we need a strong military — your health and Social Security check depends on it.”

In the meantime, Obama’s inaugural speech is already written. The guy doesn’t lack for confidence, I’ll give him that much.

Somewhat unrelated feelgood story of the day: Oliver Stone’s extended version of a cartoonish SNL skit called “W” is going to lose money.

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