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Posted by on Sep 6, 2008 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Change Agents? Mavericks? I Don’t See It.

McCain and Palin are presenting themselves as change agents who will bring a new way of doing things to Washington. I’m not seeing it.

On Iraq, they want to fight until victory is achieved. That’s the long-time Bush aim. They want to keep the Bush tax cuts that are so weighted to the rich. Where’s the change? They want to appoint the same-caliber Supreme Court Justices when vacancies open up. No change there.

The major differences displayed to date by McCain and Palin when it comes to policy, in fact, seem to be with each another. McCain says he wants to work together with Democrats. Palin wants to shake things up and confront the devils. You can’t do both. You either cooperate or you duke it out. Which way is this ticket leaning?

Obviously, they’re leaning in as many ways as they can get away with. Let’s hope they are obliged by press and voters to be a tad clearer during the next two months.

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  • Ricorun

    Percolating down what Mr. Silverstein said even further, my overall impression of the RNC convention is this: schizophrenia. Schizophrenic in terms of symbols, schizophrenic in terms of message, schizophrenic in terms of personalities. I am deeply disappointed.

  • jwest

    Not as disappointed as you’re going to be on election day.

    McCain saw that Barak’s idea of being the “change” candidate was working – so he stole it. With Palin and his previous maverick image, he’s now the “change” agent for the country.

    Barak had better pick a new theme quick, because the Change Train has left the station.

  • elrod

    jwest,
    Problem is, what does change mean for McCain? He never defined it. He just uttered a bunch of BS about partisan rancor and gave no examples of how he’d change things. Every policy measure he offered was GOP boilerplate from the Bush platform.

  • Ricorun

    jwest: Not as disappointed as you’re going to be on election day.

    Perhaps so. But if that happens I hope it’s because McCain reestablishes his credentials as a maverick. In which case I will fervently pray McCain stays healthy.

    McCain saw that Barak’s idea of being the “change” candidate was working – so he stole it.

    What a guy. But what did we expect from someone devoid of his own ideas?

    With Palin and his previous maverick image, he’s now the “change” agent for the country.

    I quess the emphasis should be on “previous”. At any rate, the country deserves what they get — either way. That’s the whole point of democratic elections.

    Barak had better pick a new theme quick, because the Change Train has left the station.

    Everything considered, I doubt that imperative. As far as I can tell the only change McCain is offering is… lipstick. And that’s only in a God forbid scenario. They already had the pit bull part down. Thus so far, by and large, lipstick really is the only certain and demonstrable difference between the current Bush administration and a putative McCain administration.

  • elrod

    Actually, I don’t know what Palin wants to do. She hasn’t said anything. She’s a completely vapid vessel with no opinions on anything of national or international interest.

    The Alaska example is so unlike the nation as a whole. What does she want to shake up in Washington? How? What is her agenda, and is it identical to McCain’s?

    Oh yeah, she’s running into hiding because she’s “not ready” to answer questions.

    What a joke.

  • Ricorun

    By the way, jwest, Barack’s name is spelled B-A-R-A-C-K, not “Barak”. I don’t want to portray myself as some sort of spelling Nazi, but it’s hard to believe that at this point in time you haven’t learned better.

  • Leonidas

    McCain and Palin have both taken on theior own party and won. Things Like McCain-Feingold, the Gang of 14, McCain-Kennedy,, what kind of bi-partisan reform have Obama or Biden engaged in sucessfully or where have they cahallenged their own party like McCain and Palin have?

    All I’ve seen is more of the same from the Democratic ticket over their careers. Ask Obama’s constituents from Grove parc.

    • Rambie

      Yes, and for all the “rebelling” McCain did, the far-right NEVER trusted McCain (I doubt they do now) and swiftboated McCain in 2000 so Bush Jr could win the nomination and the Presidancy.

      They’re going to let McCain talk about “change” all they want to get votes but they won’t let him do anything they don’t want him to.

      It’s already been shown, she only took on the party when it was politically convenient for her to do so. Well good for her, but that’s not truly “going up against your own party” as much as it’s cheeking which way the smoke is blowing.

  • jdledell

    Leonidas – Can you tell me specifically what policies of the present Bush Administration they are going to change? Taxes, Iraq and foreign policy seem pretty much the same. Is McCain going to reintorduce his immigration bill that he and Bush sponsored? Is he going to drill in ANWAR as Palin wants and Bush wants? Give me some guidelines here. Thanks.

  • kritt11

    Bush said he was eager to work with Democrats too, when their party took over both houses of Congress in ’06.

    Unfortunately, that sentiment turned out to be largely a smokescreen— because he vetoed almost every bill they sent him, and was quick to lacerate them publicly in the press when things did not go 100% his way.

  • kritt11

    McCain has sold his soul to the conservative bigwigs in the GOP- lock stock and barrel. If there was ever any doubt, his meetings with Jerry Falwell (shortly before his death) and choice of Palin over the much more moderate Lieberman confirms it.

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