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Tonight's Debate and Enough With Mr. Nice Senator

8:10 PM, Oct 15, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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2) Sen. Obama's tax cut? Yeah, that's welfare. He would take money from people who do pay taxes to give it to those who pay no income tax, and he has very cleverly renamed that a "tax cut." Here's the thing, Sen. Obama: You can't give a tax cut to 95 percent of Americans when 40 percent of Americans pay no income taxes at all. The money that Obama will call a tax cut when he gives it to someone else is more accurately known to you hard-working folks out there as "Tuesday's paycheck" or "the four dinners I would have taken my wife to" or "the little pink bike I would have bought my daughter." Which brings us to...

3) The Plumber. Joe, the plumber. Joe Wurzelbacher, the plumber: conduit for the life-giving flow of common sense-induced concern from normal Americans and small businessmen fearful of Obama's tax plan and unlucky recipient of Obama's college digestion of Marxism. Obama revealed to Joe exactly what he is, and McCain should make that clear to Americans without lacing it with any Senatorial niceties.

4) The end of Mr. Nice Senator. Tell America that Obama's tax-and-spending plans would crush an already crippled economy, that his protectionism would close markets to our products, that his health care mandates and tax hikes would force small businesses to let people go. Tell America that he has horrible enough judgment to hang out with a domestic terrorist, and then facilitate that radical's work in the public school system your children attend, and then asks voters to trust him representing them across the table from Ahmadinejad. Tell America that he is a product of machine politics who pays a well-known voter fraud organization to get out the vote for him, repeatedly lies about the association, and wipes his website of the evidence of his lie, all while presenting himself as a pristine pillar of the new politics. These arguments are not out-of-bounds (nor is Wright, for that matter), and McCain should not be ashamed of voicing them, and doing it with passion. Every second wasted on being overly kind to Barack Obama tonight is just that: wasted. He's got the press to love on him. No need for McCain to do it.