Speaking of that fine subject, this proposal is not exactly audacious ( HT Kathy G), just a illustration of how Obama might go on the front foot on behalf of issues based politics (as opposed to lipstick based politics) – an illustration of how propitous the times could be for Obama if he has the gumption to seize the day.
Memo to Obama
What do I know, but here’s what I would do if I were you. I would call a press conference tomorrow to discuss the financial crisis. Do it in New York City. Even better, on Wall Street. Begin with a fifteen minute statement outlining why the crisis has occured and what, generally, the government should do about it. Contrast your approach sharply with that of McCain and the Republicans. Take questions for an hour from reporters. Finally, issue a challenge to McCain to debate the issue by week’s end. And offer to allow McCain to bring Sarah Palin and Phil Gramm at his side if he needs them to advise him on the issues.
The trick here is that this is more or less politics as usual, but it’s politics as usual in the dramatic form of street theatre – which is something that seems to be necessary to stir the media and their consumers into actually noticing. It’s not that hard to think up this kind of stuff. Let’s see what happens.