Thursday, August 21, 2008

How Many Houses Do You Own?

I have to hand it to John McCain -- he's been running effective negative ads. The Republicans have done a poor job of governing, but they sure know how to pick a negative campaign theme and stick with it, day after day.

But now McCain has made a gaffe that opens him up to some negative shots from the other side, and Barack Obama is taking advantage. McCain was asked how many houses he and his wife own, and didn't know the answer. He said "I think — I'll have my staff get to you." Apparently the answer is seven. This is just a few days after he said that being rich in America means earning at least $5 million per year.

This seems like a fair thing to go after. With Republicans painting Obama as an out-of-touch elitist, it has to be fair to point out that the real member of the elite in the race is McCain. I think most non-elite American know how many houses they own. Maybe we can ask McCain about cars next. And perhaps we can call in Jeff Foxworthy for some quips:

You might be elite if . . .

* You don't know how many houses you own.

* You think being "rich" means earning more than $5 million per year.

* It takes nine digits to say what your wife is worth.

Hey, I'm not trying to start any class warfare. The Republicans started that already, trying to paint Obama as elite. Let's see who the real elitist is.

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