Maybe I've just missed it, but it seems to me that one of the things that's being missed about Barack Obama is that he can be funny.
In a speech in Elko, Nevada, this afternoon, Obama relayed the story about John McCain, in the midst of a financial meltdown, boasting that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." Obama responded today, "But it sounds like he got a little carried away, because yesterday, John McCain actually said that if he's President, he'll take on the -- and I quote -- 'ol' boys network' in Washington. I am not making this up. This is someone who's been in Congress for 26 years -- who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign -- and now he tells us that he's the one who will take on the ol' boy network. The ol' boy network? In the McCain campaign, that's called a staff meeting."
He got off another good one in the same speech:
"[Y]esterday, John McCain's big solution to the crisis we're facing is -- get ready for it -- a commission. That's Washington-speak for 'we'll get back to you later...'"
Lot of worried people on our side have been calling on Obama to get angrier. I just want him to move the jokes up a little higher in his speeches so they make the news clips.
Both quotes come from this post by Steve Benen.