"Here's the deal: Palin is the latest G.O.P. distraction," Bob Herbertwrote in a New York Times op-edon Tuesday. "She's meant to shift attention away from the real issueof this campaign--the awful state of the nation after eight years ofRepublican rule. The Republicans are brilliant at distractions."
Herbert's right on target. Barack Obama honed in on that point in Denver too, "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."
On cue, Sarah Palin attempted to paint an absurd caricature of Obama inher speech at the Republican Convention last night: "What does heactually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters andhealing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... takemore of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and toreduce the strength of America in a dangerous world."