Though John McCain has just pulled ahead among that all important demographic — pet owners — when it comes down to the whole shebang, November's enchilada, it's neck-and-neck. According to Gallup, Obama is polling at 46 percent, and McCain at 44 percent.
One Republican columnist over at Politico has figured out what McCain needs to do to tip the scales toward victory this fall. Though Santa he ain't, here are the five things McCain has to make a list of and check twice in order to beat Barack Obama:
- He should take a page from the Republican party’s founder: Abraham Lincoln. He believed that less government worked best and if McCain presses this point, the delineation between Obama and himself will give Americans a clear choice.
- McCain must talk to our enemies. As another great Republican, Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” McCain must explain to Americans that he is willing to talk to Iran, North Korea or Cuba.
- House cleaning. (Isn't this on everyone's to-do list?) McCain needs to rid the GOP of age-old party hacks who are still fighting the battles of the 80s. Juice up some new blood with new ideas.
To see what else McCain should jot into his Day Planner,
- Leave the girl out of it! Attacking Michelle Obama when the country is in economic straits and tensions are mounting in the Middle East is petty and will gain zero points with the public
- If the Republicans want to win nationally they must reach out to minorities. The GOP knows it can not sustain itself simply on the core of white Southern voters. If he wants to win this election, he’s going to have to win black and Latino voters and drop Lee Atwater’s strategy of division.
Do you think this plan will do it? Are we going to see a close race to a photo-finish in November, or is there something either candidate can do to pull ahead? What will a razor-slim margin of victory (yet again) mean for the future of the country?