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Rep. Chris van Hollen (D-Md.) talked with Washington Post editors and reporters about what Barack Obama needs to do between now and Election Day to convince skeptical voters. He also explained how Obama can help Democratic congressional candidates win in November. (By Emily Freifeld / washingtonpost.com)

By Jonathan Weisman

DENVER -- Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) acknowledged today that John McCain's "low road" attacks on Barack Obama had taken a toll on the presumptive Democratic nominee's popularity, and he encouraged the senator from Illinois to flesh out what a campaign of "hope" means to ordinary voters.

Obama's personal story -- raised by a single mother, lifted by an education financed by scholarships -- would help seal the Democrat's bond with working-class white voters, he predicted. But, Van Hollen said, Obama "has to take the great hopes that are surrounding his campaign and translate that a little bit more into policy."

Obama's economic plans, including an extensive rewriting of the tax code to benefit middle class workers and a second stimulus package, are plenty detailed, Van Hollen said. But those details have not "filtered down" to ordinary voters. Nor have his intentions on health care or his plans to keep U.S. corporations from sending jobs overseas.

But Van Hollen expressed confidence that the battering Obama has taken over the past month has not changed an overall political environment conducive to Democratic victory.

"Now is the time for Barack Obama to begin the second wave of this campaign," he urged.

Democratic leaders in Congress will try to help this September. They are conferring with Obama aides to compile a second economic stimulus plan that mirrors Obama's, with temporary assistance to states burdened by rising Medicaid costs, funding for infrastructure improvement and rebates to offset home heating costs this winter.


Democratic leaders will also push a broad energy package that includes a mandate on electricity generation from renewable energy sources, spending on alternative energy research and development, higher royalties for energy exploration on public land and some increase in drilling on the outer continental shelf.


Van Hollen hopes that robs Republicans of the one issue they have gotten political traction on: drilling.


He acknowledged getting that package signed into law will be difficult.


"What's important is to show the American people that we are serious, that we are considering all the ideas that are out there," Van Hollen said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 25, 2008; 3:27 PM ET
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Comments

Van Hollen wasn't born in the U.S., I mean. Sorry, I got my articles messed up.

Posted by: Roberto | August 28, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

He can't be president. He wasn't born in the United States.

Posted by: Roberto | August 28, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I am so tired of the "Yes, we can", "Change we can believe in" - what does this mean when the same Democrats who chant this garbage are partying like rock stars while the corporations are footing the bill?

Posted by: David | August 25, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Pelosi Tells Disappointed Clinton Supporters to Avoid 'Victim Politics'

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Conventions/story?id=5650893&page=1

Isn't 'Victim Politics' what the entire Democratic Party is built upon?!

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry we failed you, Hillary. We should had worked harder - we should had worked smarter. Now we must accept Obama (the modern JFK) as our Commander-In-Chief, tutored by Biden (our new Dick Cheney) ... then again, perhaps not ...

Posted by: Louie | August 25, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I see the same old smears are still with us. Obama needs tie up McCain to the Roves of the world and show there is a true axis of evil or it perhaps it's excess of evil when you consider the amount there spending on McCain campaign brownie points for doing a heckeva of a job.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I'ma da JakeD . .
I'ma da JakeD . .
I'ma da JakeD . .
JakeD, JakeD, JakeD . .

Aww yeah,
Aw yeah,
Aww yeah, yeah, yeah. . .

You fear me,
You clearly,
Cant stand me,

Ima like-a mole,
Who'se on parole,
But I aint selling ma soul.

WEKOGNIZE!

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

THE CORPORATE MEDIA NARRATIVE:


Barack Obama must get a six-hundred and thirty-eight point bounce.

Barack Obama must be inspiring, but not TOO INSPIRING SO AS TO SEEM A PROPHET, and present his ideas clearly, but not TOO CLEARLY SO AS TO SEEM SIMPLISTIC, and with specifics, but not TOO MANY SPECIFICS SO AS TO SEEM WONKY, and be tough, but not TOO TOUGH SO AS TO SEEM TO HAVE GONE NEGATIVE.

Barack Obama must walk on water (but not in such a way that suggests that either he or his supporters see him as a deity) and give a speech in front of 70,000 people (but not in a way that suggests that he's a celebrity) and completely unify the party (but not in such a way that suggests that said party is "liberal") and speak to the base (but not so much that suggests he's "out of the mainstream of America" ) and embrace Democratic ideals (but not so much as to suggest he's "going back to the days of Jimmy Carter") and remind America about all the good that happened under the last Democratic administration (without using the words "Bill" or "Clinton" or "Hope" or "Cigar" or "Blue Dress").

Barack Obama must be able to quote all the lyrics from American Pie and solve the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle in less that seven minutes and win American Idol and juggle a half dozen flaming chain-saws and name the capitols of all forty-nine states (Hawaii being recently deemed Unamerican and sold to the Chinese for a bag of gumballs) and eat poorly prepared Fugu without dying.

Barack Obama must be black, but not too black, and not black while trying to seem white, and certainly not black while trying to be white without trying to LOOK LIKE he's trying to look greyish-blue.*

(*Ronald Reagan, with a deep, rich, Coppertone tan is the preferred outcome.)

Barack Obama must convince Joe Biden to wear a blonde wig and a pants suit.

Barack Obama must council his wife to appear strong, but not uppity, smart, but not elitist, sure of herself, yet still subservient and willing to bake a pie and stitch the hem of a skirt. Barack Obama must also convince Michelle to leave her machine-gun, eye-patch and twelve-inch afro back at the hotel.

Barack Obama must survive SIX years as a POW at the hands of the Marine from The Village People.

Barack Obama must inspire Tinky Winky to have a heterosexual threesome with La-La and Dipsy. Same with Dumbledore. Same also with Senator Larry Craig.

Barack Obama must wrestle a live Puma and win over the "sheet-wearing, still-naming-their-sons Adolph" demographic and bowl a three hundred game and prove without a shadow of a doubt that he doesn't want to have sex with someone's white sister and create a car that can drive a hundred miles using only the flesh of a single terrorist and bleed red, white and blue when stuck in the eye with a flag pin.

Barack Obama must ride a camel through the eye of a needle.


John McCain... needs to live through his next speech.

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | August 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

At least one Dem isn't afraid to speak the truth...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Will Obama be rid of with his own generated sex and financial scandals?

Does Michelle know?

There is a term called "down low" in the black community for professionals who have gay sex on the side despite being married with children and have respectable daytime jobs.

Larry Sinclair has come forward with gay sex and drug use claims with Obama in November 1999. He is scared of death threats from the Obama camp since he came forward two years ago.

Google "barack obama is a closet homosexual," or "Video: Pastor Manning Says Obama is Homosexual...," or "Digg - Is Larry Sinclair Obama's dark secret," etc.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Will Obama be rid of with his own generated sex and financial scandals?

Does Michelle know?

There is a term called "down low" in the black community for professionals who have gay sex on the side despite being married with children and have respectable daytime jobs.

Larry Sinclair has come forward with gay sex and drug use claims with Obama in November 1999. He is scared of death threats from the Obama camp since he came forward two years ago.

Google "barack obama is a closet homosexual," or "Video: Pastor Manning Says Obama is Homosexual...," or "Digg - Is Larry Sinclair Obama's dark secret," etc.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Will Obama be rid of with his own generated sex and financial scandals?

Does Michelle know?

There is a term called "down low" in the black community for professionals who have gay sex on the side despite being married with children and have respectable daytime jobs.

Larry Sinclair has come forward with gay sex and drug use claims with Obama in November 1999.

Google "barack obama is a closet homosexual," or "Video: Pastor Manning Says Obama is Homosexual...," or "Digg - Is Larry Sinclair Obama's dark secret," etc.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain has so much wealth he has no concept of money—unless of course it's money from lobbyists and corporations or to buy more mansions. That's why at the Saddleback forum McCain ludicrously declared it takes $5 million to move from "middle class" to "rich." That's why he admitted economics isn't his strong suit and came up with a plan to sink our country even further into debt. And that's why he can't sympathize with Americans facing foreclosure, soaring gas prices, unemployment, and the daunting costs of health insurance. None of these problems register when you're living in a solid gold bubble like McCain, or however many gold bubbles he's living in.

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/49690-poor-little-rich-man-mccain-can-t-remember-how-many-mansions-he-has
.

Posted by: It's time to end the Republican Fascist rule of America | August 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are in so much trouble they are tyring to make a movie about Obama's teen years. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Kanye | August 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Now Who will McCain Pick They have shot their self in the foot when it comes to Romney McCain released attack ads on the Biden Pick because Biden said some things negitve toward Obama during the primary.

Romney called McCain dishonest during the Primary, and more.

Huckabee came in second during the Primary not Romney., This wont go over well with the Christian Base.

Romney and McCain would be the Super Rich ticket. In a middle Class Election.

Biden will win working class Votes, Romney will remind the working class he is the guy that lays you off.

Biden will be filmed going to church every sunday, Romney will be filmed going to a Mormon church, making the base of the GOP more then Uncomfortable.

So who should McCain pick??

Huckabee would energize the Base.

Huckabee is veiwed as Middle class, Winning overwhelming working class voters.

Huckabee didnt attack McCain during the primary.

Huckabee can hold his own with anyone in debates.

Huckabee Has 1 house

Huckabee is the most logical, despite what the bloggers that are on Romney's payroll say. By the way, the radio host of Republican talk radio
they are on the Romney payroll too. Romney should learn he cant buy an election. He outspent every candidate during the primarys, even outspending Huckabee 6 to 1. Huckabee still got more delegates.

http://www.HotPres.com McCain Dui? http://www.duihlepguide.com

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The clock is tickin
the cops is sittin waitin on me to pop the ribbon so i can get locked in prison
but i forgive em
they dont know i got the bishop
givin me a future face they cannot prevent it
skys the limit, i travel but i tries to pivot
look in my eyes and combine the spirits
time'll end it
if its not a coupla g's its dimes and pennies
if i dont break a knuckle or knee, my shine is finished
im climbin in it but i could fall down the chimney
a hound is in me so dont come around or near me
you clowns is really f**kin up
ya bound to get it
i sit a barrel on ya tongue so round and pretty
fought my ticket now ima skip town and kick it
dress code just some khaki brown lil Dickies
got them pounds and chickens stuffed and coffee grounds in visions nigga

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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