Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama took the tax issue away from the GOP

(Hat tip: Instapundit)

Pollster Scott Rasmussen drills down into his numbers to find that Obama took a page from Ronald Reagan's anti-tax pitch to win voters:

"Down the campaign homestretch, Mr. Obama's tax-cutting promise became his clearest policy position. Eventually he stole the tax issue from the Republicans. Heading into the election, 31% of voters thought that a President Obama would cut their taxes. Only 11% expected a tax cut from a McCain administration."

If so, McCain's effort via his focus on "Joe the Plumber" to paint Obama as a tax-raiser didn't work at least in part because the message that sank in was Obama's saying in every speech that he would cut taxes for 95% of all Americans. An amazing reversal on an issue on which Republicans have typically enjoyed an advantage.

Now, Obama has to deliver.

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