The Note: Obama Running Bush Playbook

By Alexa Ainsworth

Jul 2, 2008 8:23am

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports in Wednesday’s Note: So let’s get this straight:

One candidate is swiping a policy page from President Bush…

As well as a page from Karl Rove’s playbook

And is trying to swipe a Bush Cabinet secretary

While The Wall Street Journal editorial page places him as the president’s heir…

The president himself swipes one of that candidate’s funkier moves

(And the candidate is letting him have it.)

Hint — it’s the candidate who is currently in the United States of America.

Read the rest of The Note — and get all the latest on the 2008 election, Congress, the White House and the wide world of politics every day — from Rick Klein by bookmarking this link.

And it’s the candidate who right now might be sparking an interesting debate — if only he could break through some surrogate silliness.

The inherent problem with the message-a-day campaign is that today’s only registers if yesterday’s story is closed. (And why, with Sen. John McCain stumping where the voters ain’t, is he talking faith-patriotism-service, not jobs-gas prices-economy?)

In the meantime, Sen. Barack Obama is not quite getting past retired Gen. Wesley Clark’s Sunday remarks — and he can blame an aggressive McCain campaign, a stubborn Clark, another off-message surrogate — plus his very own political instincts.

All of which combined to let McCain up the ante, just before landing in Colombia (when a political hit, by unwritten rule, would be verboten).

“I think it’s up to Sen. Obama now to not only repudiate him, but to cut him loose,” McCain told reporters in the airspace between Indianapolis, Ind., and Cartagena, Colombia.

Continue reading today’s Note by clicking HERE.

ABC News’ John Santucci and Alexa Ainsworth contributed to this report.

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