McCain keeps complaining about millions of dollars, and Obama keeps coming back with billions.  I think this is a signature problem of McCain’s.  He doesn’t appear to have any overriding proposals for revamping government; instead he betrays a small-minded obsession with minor spending scandals.

Sure, I much prefer McCain’s plan to save us hundreds of millions of dollars to Obama’s plan to increase taxes by billions, but it makes for mismatched rhetoric.


Check out, for example, the quibbling that begins around three minutes into this video: