I have nothing original to say about the substance (such as it is) of the Bush-McCain attack on Obama as an “appeaser.” But the process is worth attending to. For once it was the Democrats who spoke with one voice, and (as far as I can tell) mostly managed to make the story “Bush makes vicious, dumb, attack; McCain agrees” rather than “Obama called soft on terrorism.”
Here’s Obama’s speech today, the one the McCain forces are calling “Barack Obama’s hysterical diatribe.” Judge for yourself. To my eye, it’s calm, reasoned, and devastating. At long last, we have a Democratic candidate who knows how to counter-punch.