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The Economy Awol

Ramesh first pointed this out to me, and I think he’s right: the Republicans aren’t talking enough about the economy. National security obviously is now as important as it was in the Cold War again, but that doesn’t mean the economy still isn’t a huge issue. Every speech to this point, you just see the Republicans doubling-down and doubling-down on national security, even in speeches that could have quite a different focus, from Laura, to Zell, to Cheney. I’m told Bush is going to emphasize the economy when he departs for his post-convention tour, but judging just from the content of this convention one could be forgiven for thinking the Bush campaign is content to fight Kerry to a draw on the economy and beat him on national security and character.

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