McCain Courting the Sourpuss Vote

Apparently John McCain is running on a platform of bitter medicine:

"Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing....

"To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude."

In other words: All those huge crowds the democrats, particularly Obama, are attracting -- that's just the product of "rhetoric" and "platitudes". Don't pay attention to all that energy and enthusiasm. Come instead to my dreary campaign!

What a rally cry! Can't you just feel the momentum?

UPDATE: Jared Bernstein has more:

It’s an obvious strategy: try to turn your opponent’s strength into his weakness. But it’s nuts. Both Obama and Clinton are incredibly beefy, with policy agendas that are more robust and carefully thought out than any presidential bid in recent memory. On health care reform alone, they’re trailblazing.

And what are McCain’s “sound and proven ideas?” Stay the course in Iraq for 100 years, if that’s what it takes? Extend the Bush tax cuts? Cut Social Security and Medicare? If these are the sound and proven ideas that are supposed to expose the empty rhetoric of the other side, the man’s got a problem.

UPDATE II: And while we're at it...

Maybe they seem like "platitudes" to John McCain because John McCain has been in office too long. I mean, everyone gets burnt out. It's not a characteristic I'd be looking for in someone running for president but who am I to tell the Republicans who their candidate should be?