DENVER (CNN) – Republicans are trying to portray the Obama campaign as a cult of personality. All conventions have elements of hero worship — but they have to be very careful not to go overboard this year, because that would play into Republican criticism.
The one thing they will need from somebody at this convention is a powerful speech that talks about what George Bush has done to this country. The problem they face is that over the course of the summer, the election became a referendum on Barack Obama. That’s a problem. He can win if it is a ref on Bush. It would be that if Bush or Cheney was on the ballot — but they’re not. We’re going to be looking for this convention to try to make Bush and the Bush record the central element of this campaign — and tie McCain to that record.