By Patrick Appel

McCain really is taking tips from the Clinton campaign:

I agree with Ben Smith:

In truth, and while there are other dynamics going on, the central issue is just sheer volume. There's vastly more public interest in, and coverage of, Obama. His rise is a better, newer, story. That means that McCain's message has been muted; but his missteps are too. He's been able, in particular, to make it this far with a domestic policy agenda whose sheer vagueness wouldn't have made it through the Democratic primary.

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