John McCain tries out a new campaign theme:
Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Saturday raised the prospect of a complete Democratic takeover of Washington as a reason to elect him over Democrat Barack Obama in 10 days. [...] McCain said having Democrats in control of the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and the Senate under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, would give Democrats unfettered power. [...] “But that is exactly what’s going to happen if the Democrats have total control of Washington. We can’t let that happen. Are you ready for Obama, Pelosi and Reid?” the Arizona senator said.
I’m going to agree with Chris Bowers that there’s something paradoxical about this. Presumably, the reason Democrats are forecast to make gains in the House and the Senate and Obama is leading in the polls is that, yes, most voters want Democrats to take over. This sounds more like a fundraising pitch than a general election argument. Voters prefer a Democratic congress and they seem to prefer Obama as well. To the 41 percent of people who have an unfavorable view of Pelosi, this is maybe a persuasive argument, but to the 59 percent who either like her or are indifferent it’s hard to see this moving the dial. Meanwhile, I doubt anyone even knows who Harry Reid is.