OBAMA STAYS ON MESSAGE…. Yesterday morning, the Obama campaign pounced with unusual speed when John McCain declared, once again, that the fundamentals of our economy are still strong. This morning, Obama’s team released a new ad hammering the point home.

For those of you who can’t watch video clips from your work computers, the spot features text telling the viewer: “September 15, 2008. Lehman Brothers collapses. Markets in turmoil. Job losses at 605,000 for the year. Foreclosures at 9,800 a day. And John McCain says?” The video then shifts to McCain, reading from his prepared text yesterday morning, telling a Florida audience, “Our economy I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

The ad then asks, “How can John McCain fix our economy if he doesn’t understand it’s broken?” It concludes with a shot of McCain and Bush together, smiling for the cameras.

Also today, Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in Golden, Colorado, specifically on the financial crisis.

It looks like the campaign is finally on message — and on the offensive.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.