Steve Bennen, over on C&L, has a suggested McCain plan to go after Obama from one of the usual idiots. Steve’s got his response, I’ve got mine.

1. Play the national security card without hesitation.

By telling Americans that there’s no end in sight in Iraq and that we need to start even more wars, all the while calling Obama naive for advocating what even the Bush administration is doing?

It’s getting easier to paint McCain as senile all the time.

2. Talk about the Iraq War without apologies or perceived contradiction.

Well, as Steve Bennen has already pointed out, it’s too late for McCain to avoid contradiction. I’ll just add that talking about the Iraq war without apology alienates most of America and most of military families.

Nice work, guys.

3. Go at Obama unambiguously from the right.

This plays directly into Obama’s strategy. Hillary would play right into McCain’s. Everyone clear, now?

4. Encourage interest groups, bloggers, and right-leaning media to explore Obama’s past.

Right, ’cause that’s been a winner so far. If you want to reduce the Republican party to a handful of trailer-parks in the deep south, by all means: proceed.

5. Make an issue of Obama’s acknowledged drug use.

Well, Obama didn’t forge the names of his employees so that he could steal his drugs from a charity, like Perky McPercoset did.

Bring it on.

6. Allow some supporters to risk being accused of using the race card when criticizing Obama.

Great. This is from Time magazine. It reads like William F. Buckley Jr. from the 1950’s. The Republican party is already 90% white. Pull this shit, and you can kiss an increasingly diverse America goodbye.

10. Use his sterling war record to reinforce his image of patriotism and valor – and contrast it with his opponent’s.

McCain’s sole claim to fame is being taken prisoner, unless you want to use that footage of his plane catching fire on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of the worst non-combat disasters in modern Naval history.

Sure, make McCain look like the Keystone Kop of national security. He’s already babbling like a senile idiot. Bringing up his record will show America he’s always been this way.

11. Emphasize Barack Hussein Obama’s unusual name and exotic background through a Manchurian Candidate prism.

You know, when America is looking for an alternative to Republican failure, it doesn’t help to stress how different the guy is.

13. Face an electorate less consumed with “change change change” (the main priority for Democratic voters) and keenly interested in “ready from day one” as an equally important ideal.

McCain’s record is already clear. As I’ve already written: “The conservatives hate him, the base doesn’t care for him, the Evangelicals don’t trust him, the party elite don’t like him, even veterans won’t vote for him, and hate radio wants to raise money for Democrats against him.”

That’s what Republican voters think of the man.

14. Link biography (experience/courage) and leadership (straight talk) to a vision animated by detail – accentuating Obama’s relative lack of specificity.

Republican voters don’t do specifics. It’s too bad their party has spent a generation making ignorance their most precious national resource, but after all this creationism, climate science denial, voodoo economics, and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the few remaining Republican voters don’t have much of an attention span and don’t respond to anything more sophisticated than “vote Democrat and dark men will rape your wife.”

Lie down with white trash, wake up with stupid. There’s your party, guys.

16. Confront Obama with a united, focused campaign absent of second-guessing, which hits the same themes and message every day.

The McCain campaign has already demonstrated that their only response is “the liberals don’t like McCain.” Why? Because McCain’s staff is made up of lobbyists who’ve never had to argue a damned thing in their lives. They’re used to just buying people off, and it shows.

Utter, complete, irredeemable, bush-league operation. Have fun at the FEC, morons!

Once again we see that the Republicans’ biggest problem is themselves. They insist on growing increasingly irrelevant to the country they’ve damaged so much, and they still don’t have a clue.