‘Dangerous threesome’

‘DANGEROUS THREESOME’…. As John McCain’s desperation level gets higher, his rhetoric gets stranger. From an event in Cleveland:

“This election comes down to how you want your hard earned money spent. Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future, or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the Presidency and the Democratic leaders who have been running congress for the past two years — Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? This is a dangerous threesome. They believe that $1 trillion of rescue financing is not enough and have already proposed another $300 billion spending spree they are calling a stimulus plan. I would rather give the great American middle class additional tax cuts and let you keep that money and invest it in your future.”

First, as we talked about over the weekend, the “checks and balances” argument is wildly misguided. McCain is, in effect, telling voters that Obama will be in a position to deliver on his campaign promises, thanks to a like-minded Congress.

Second, last week, McCain liked the idea of a second stimulus plan. He really should keep up on his own talking points.

Third, if a tax cut for the American middle class were really a priority, Obama’s middle-class tax cut wouldn’t be three times as big as McCain’s.

And fourth, “a dangerous threesome”? Is this really the most presidential message McCain can think of?

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Steve Benen

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.