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21st August 2008 Charles J. Brown
12:47 pm

McTV Cribs: $13.8 Million

So John McCain has no idea how many houses he owns:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.   “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”   The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

This could be a game-changer.  In fact, it could turn out to be McCain’s grocery scanner moment:  evidence that he is out of touch with the average American’s economic troubles.

McCain v. Minnesota has additional details.  The kicker:  the combined properties are worth $13.8 million. Thirteen. Point. Eight. Million. Dollars.  No wonder McCain thinks that you have to have a net worth of $5 million to be rich.

And less than 24 hours later, Obama has a response:

Brilliant.  Devastating.  To the point.  Wonder if anyone is researching how many houses Britney and Paris own?

Two other observations:

1.  In this and other negative ads, Obama frontloads the “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.”  In bio and positive issue ads, it happens at the end.  I can’t say that it’s true 100 percent of the time, but it looks like a trend.  There must be a reason for it.

2.  As Thomas Frank noted in What’s the Matter with Kansas?,  many Americans want to believe that that anyone can get rich — that’s why they vote for Republicans even though it is not in their best interests.   Obama’s instincts are right on this, but he has to be careful to appeal to Americans’ populist anger without denying them their dreams of prosperity.

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