Paul Krugman's August 17, 2008, op-ed "It's the Economy Stupor," illustrates absolutely perfectly the Left's--in this case, Obama's--bizarre lack of fire:
No, the problem isn't lack of specifics — it's lack of passion. When it comes to the economy, Mr. Obama's campaign seems oddly lethargic.Shades of Al Gore, Jr.
I was astonished at the flatness of the big economy speech he gave in St. Petersburg at the beginning of this month — a speech that was billed as the start of a new campaign focus on economic issues. . . . he seemed to go out of his way to avoid scoring political points. "Back in the 1990s," he declared, "your incomes grew by $6,000, and over the last several years, they've actually fallen by nearly $1,000." Um, not quite: real median household income didn't rise $6,000 during "the 1990s," it did so during the Clinton years, after falling under the first Bush administration. Income hasn't fallen $1,000 in "recent years," it's fallen under George Bush, with all of the decline taking place before 2005.
Obama surrogates have shown a similar inclination to go for the capillaries rather than the jugular. [Emphasis added.]
W's catastrophes don't stop with the economy, either, as we know. The thing is, if McSame is elected, it will be because we Democrats ran another utterly inept campaign, learning nothing from Kerry's experience, and nothing from Gore's. And if McSame is elected, there will be no relief for the US middle classes, nothing will be done about renewable energy and global warming, and there will assuredly be nuclear war. He just can't wait.
If we can't get passionate over these issues, we are the living dead.