Brass Knuckles

Barack Obama spits out what sounds like a threat by saying “they don’t know who they’re dealing with”.

I hope we do know who we’re dealing with. From Time, The Page:

Jim Messina, Obama campaign’s chief of staff, tells Iowa Democrats: “I’m not the public speaker in the group, so we’ll try this.” Of Arizona, says: “If Senator McCain continues to be the schmuck he’s being, we’re going to play there, you know, and go tell some truth.” Also says the campaign has 2,504 people on staff, including four PhD statisticians, and says the campaign does not focus on national polls, but rather polls in 18 battleground states.

There’s something mob-ish about all of this. When an ABC reporter is roughed up trying to cover a story about big donors meeting with big senators, that’s news. To us, anyway.

We’re going to need brass knuckles, and two tough, seasoned candidates. The new players on the other side don’t play nice. At all.