ST. PAUL (CNN) - What they’re asking for is a personal vote for John McCain - put aside policy, and the record of the Bush administration, and vote for the better leader.
Well, voters don’t do that.
They don’t put aside policy entirely. Most of all, they want to know what John McCain’s going to do to help fix the economy.
Personality does matter, but we’ve elected a lot of people who didn’t exactly have scintillating personalities: I give you Richard Nixon – twice – and Jimmy Carter. People vote for someone who can get the job done
What was interesting is, I didn’t hear much tearing down of Obama – less than you might expect, except from his fellow Democrat Joe Lieberman.
But a lot of raising John McCain to the status of a hero and saint. And no one denies that his story is remarkable, and requires respect and admiration. What people want to know is does he have the ability to solve the nation’s problems.
What’s missing in the whole evening, amid the chants of “USA!”, character, and honor, is any serious talk about the economy – issue number one on American minds. Sooner or later, someone at this convention has got to address it. The bottom line is, we’re still waiting for the biggest concern in the country to make an appearance. What are they going to do about the economy?