McCain's absentminded elitist air would be one thing, but the real distinction is his philosophy. He believes the rich, like him, should stay rich -- too bad for the middle class, which is supporting that wealth.
Small details, exact costs, specifics, particulars -- all are fatal to a convention speech. Just ask Bill Clinton as he walked off the podium after delivering his keynote address at the 1988 Democratic Convention.
When uninsured Wal-Mart workers get sick, American taxpayers foot the bill. They pay for coverage through Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor. That's what the Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, banks on.