On the trail today in North Carolina, Barack Obama will hit back at McCain's efforts to paint him as a closet socialist, tightening the "desperate McCain attacking to avoid real discussion of the economy" frame in a particularly memorable way.
From the prepared remarks:
We've tried it John McCain's way. We've tried it George Bush's way. It hasn't worked. Deep down, Senator McCain knows that, which is why his campaign said that "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."
That's why he's spending these last few days calling me every name in the book. I'm sorry to see my opponent sink so low. Lately, he's called me a socialist for wanting to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so we can finally give tax relief to the middle class.
By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in Kindergarten.