Three weeks after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, began accusing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of "running for George Bush's third term," McCain started saying Obama was running for "Jimmy Carter's second" term.
A late comeback, and one that tens of millions of Americans who have no memory of the Carter presidency might find as evocative as a Grover Cleveland joke.
(Not that there's anything wrong with a "Ma, ma, where's my Pa? Gone to the White House, ha ha ha!" reference every now and then.)
Today McCain launched a web video that dovetails with his new talking point that when it comes to energy proposals, Obama is "Dr. No."
"No To Drilling Offshore Oil," the web video says, "No To A Gas Tax Holiday….No To Innovation. No To The Electric Car….No To Clean, Safe, Nuclear Energy...Barack Obama Truly Is The Dr. No Of Energy Security."
I get the argument, and I don't think it's a bad one on the merits.
But unless one is over a certain age, a Sean Connery fan, or a member of Ian Fleming's immediate family, is the first James Bond film -- one that then-President John F. Kennedy heralded as a fave -- really the best reference for a 71-year-old candidate to be making?
On the plus side, at least it's a talkie.