Matt Towery

I can hardly believe what I am seeing on television and reading in newspapers.

John McCain runs a silly ad using young Hollywood ditzes in an image next to Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Obama's team accuses McCain of running a "mean campaign." Then McCain counters by accusing Obama of "playing the race card."

What planet do these campaigns live on?

States are having to fire employees, end benefits and cut back on essential services because tax revenues are down as a result of a disastrous economy. Congress votes on another round of spending to bail out another sector of the economy -- the mortgage industry -- thereby heaping more huge debt on the backs of taxpayers. We are fighting all types of active and potential enemies all over the world. And this is what we get from the two campaigns?

There is a reason why all of the polls show these two candidates in a neck-and-neck race. It's because nobody knows what in the world they stand for or why in the world anybody should vote for them.

If Obama wants to know why he didn't get a big bump from his recent globetrotting mission, the answer is simple -- he didn't say anything. Yes, one can understand why his rock-star reception would upset the McCain camp. But their response is one straight out of the cookie-cutter GOP media school for children. They throw bimbo celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in with Obama. Boy, that will sure make voters feel reassured about their nation's political future.

All that stupid commercial did was confirm that the McCain campaign is no more capable of giving the American people tangible reasons for supporting their candidate than the glib Obama camp is capable of putting meat on the bones of the Illinois senator's own message.

Do these campaigns not realize that these alternating fuzzy feel-good and frenzied attacks are not what people want to see and hear?

Americans have cancelled vacations. They are spending less on everyday retail items. They are paying outrageous amounts at the gasoline pump.

When they are forced to travel, say by air, they face long security lines, airlines that charge them for everything under the sun, and often delayed and uncomfortable flights.

Few under the age of 50 believe they will ever receive Medicare. They know the whole thing will have gone bust by the time they qualify. Most think the same about Social Security.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery