This afternoon I attended the McCain rally in Woodbridge, Virginia. The crowd was quite boisterous and enthusiastic — even when MCCain commented that the polls put him about 6 points down right now. There were plenty of signs in the crowd, and while many of them must have been prepared by the campaign (a common practice), there were clearly some home-made ones. I snapped a shot of one that caught my eye. I posted it over here.McCain offered his clearest and most pointed criticism of Obama’s tax plan yet. I’ll turn to the Associated Press for the exact language:

“That is not a tax cut. It is just another government giveaway,” he told a crowd of about 7,000 cheering supporters at an outdoor rally at the Prince William County government complex.

He invoked again the name of Joe the Plumber, an Ohioan he had made famous Wednesday night at Hofstra…

Obama has said that under his economic plan, 95 percent of Americans— families that earn less than $250,000 —would see no tax increase.

“How do you cut income taxes, federal taxes, for 95 percent of Americans, when more than 40 percent pay no income taxes right now?” McCain asked. “How do you reduce the number to zero?

“Well, that’s the key to Barack Obama’s whole plan. Since you can’t reduce taxes on those who pay zero, the government will write them all checks, called a tax credit, and the treasury will have to cover those checks by taxing other people—you—including a lot of folks just like Joe.

“In other words, Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on some, in order to give checks to others isn’t a tax cut. It’s just another government giveaway.”

McCain’s message was received warmly, and he got a rock-star welcome. You get the sense that he’s finally hit a winning message.