I find it fascinating that Obama's priorities are becoming clear. The order thus far? Taxes (that's refutation of McCain), Energy, Education. Paul Krugman will not be happy. Health care is sliding down the list here. But if someone complains about specifics after this speech, then they're simply displaying their ignorance. Sean Wilentz, I'm talking to you.
Here we go--health care. And he's hitting the key area--the option of the government program. As Krugman himself argues in his book, that's the key aspect. If government offers an option, they'll drive down price and open the market. Government doesn't have to pay to advertise or to bounce people from coverage. Their plan will drive down the cost of health insurance.
Wow, he's truly drawing on the reciprocity that flows through the liberal tradition. They'll be some talk about John Kennedy and reciprocity at Madison next month.
John McCain likes to say he'll follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. But he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives--that is a direct attack and a powerful one. He's hitting hard on foreign policy. The gap he's developong is between what John McCain says and what John McCain does.
And that is ironic--cause it's Obama who's been accused of being all words and no action. But in this text, it's McCain who's all hat and no cattle.