Asked about the McCain campaign's claim that Obama had "played the race card" — one McCain spokesman had suggested that McCain was being painted as a racist — Obama called the criticism an attempt to alter the campaign's focus.This election message should be simple. Republican policies and ineptitude have gotten the country in the mess we're in now. McCain is proposing to continue the failed strategies of the past 8 years.
He added of the Republicans' approach: "They're very good at negative campaigning. They're not so good at governing."
Though he has to pass a basic test of acceptability, this election really isn't and shouldn't be about Obama. It's about the last 8 years of failed government. Democrats need to get better about saying that same thing over and over again between now and November.