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His press conference was pretty assured today - for someone who had probably just been give 20 conflicting pieces of advice - nice bit of humour about the dog and the seances too.  He only talks to living Presidents?  Don't know quite how canned the question were, but he matched to wrap his answers around the key campaign talking points.

Vote McCain for war without gain
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 7th, 2008 at 07:41:34 PM EST
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Some presidents are good at press conferences, some aren't.  Kennedy was great.  He was always happy to spar with the press, and the press loved him for it.  Bush is awful in press conferences.

The economic advisory board is a decent cast of characters, but he probably wasn't being given too much differing advice.  There's been a unifying of the two wings of the Democratic Party's economic people over the last few years.  Whereas under Clinton, you had two camps --the Public Investors/Economic Activists (Reich, Krugman, Stiglitz) and the Budget Hawks (Summers, Rubin) -- you now have a group that largely agrees and fits more with the former category.  Summers has talked a great deal about fighting wage stagnation.  Rubin has 'fessed to Reich being right about public investment.

So, on the economic front, I'm optimistic.  I think there's plenty of agreement on the critical stuff.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Nov 7th, 2008 at 07:57:51 PM EST
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