Monday ABC's Jake Tapper picked up on the Atlantic Monthly revelation that Mark Penn, Hillary Rodham Clinton's strategist, had proposed negative attacks against Barack Obama for being "not at his center fundamentally American." Now CBS' Jeff Greenfield picks up on the same theme and, like Tapper, investigates whether John McCain's campaign is following Penn's advice, advice that Rodham Clinton herself rejected. Tapper picked up on McCain's use of the word "American" to differentiate himself from Obama. Greenfield focuses on "celebrity" as the quintessence of otherness.
ABC's Tapper meanwhile has moved on to the virtue of bipartisanship as a pitch to voters. McCain routinely appears on the stump with Democrat-turned-independent Joseph Lieberman. Now Obama has been endorsed by Jim Leach, longtime Republican Congressman of Iowa. Tapper noted that political operatives like to float names of possible aisle-crossing running mates, not because such Veep picks are likely, but "to push that bipartisan image." The opinion polls say 13% of registered Democrats are likely to vote for McCain and that 13% of registered Republicans are likely to vote for Obama.
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