Pit bull bites off own head; Maverick shoots own foot
The Disassociated Press, October 25, 2008
In crazed desperation, the McCain-Palin ticket has finally begun attacking the sitting Republican president, George W. Bush:
In an interview Thursday with The Washington Post, McCain spoke of Bush in tones bordering on contempt, ticking off a litany of what he said were the president's failures.
"Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government--larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America--owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously," McCain told the newspaper.
"We just let things get completely out of hand," he said of the past eight years of Republican rule.
This is fascinating stuff to me. Of the five major criticisms in McCain's litany, at least four have seriously troubled me going all the way back Bush's first term. McCain talks as if people hadn't noticed these problems until recently.
Since late 2002, many of us have been bewailing Bush policy on just the things McCain mentions: spending, the Iraq war, American debt to China, the stubborn denial of global warming. These were the policy blunders that led us to fight tooth and nail to get Bush-Cheney out of the White House in 2004. Because we saw it couldn't go on: such high-level irresponsibility was sure to bring disaster if we continued on the same track.
But what was John McCain doing back then? In fact he was stumping for Bush, busy attacking us "others" as unpatriotic and irresponsible. The record shows how things really stand: Although he had a longstanding personal dislike for the man himself, McCain went out of his way to stump for the president because he had faith in the policies.
And what do we hear now? "We just let things get completely out of hand," he tells us.
Hmm. You got that right, Jack. Too bad you only noticed it last week.
The idea of McCain as a "maverick" has been way overblown, and I for one am getting sick of hearing the word. The only major point on which John McCain stood against Bush policy was torture, which is understandable, as he himself was a victim of torture. On all the rest--the war, global warming, the debt, financial policy--McCain has been lock-step with Bush-Cheney all along. So it annoys me to no end to see this cranky old fraud (because that's what he's made of himself) try to take up the mantle of the many Americans who've been able to see the writing on the wall since 2002. To put it simply: John McCain has no right to be claiming any of these positions.
And the idea of Sarah Palin criticizing Bush is even more ridiculous! Palin strikes me as nothing if not a kind of "Dubya in Prada." We see the same cocky self-satisfaction, the same lack of concern for due process, the same sense of political entitlement. Her now famous "You just can't blink" is something Bush could have said. Rather than painstakingly formulate policies that work for America, politicians of this stripe don't have time to blink because they're too busy congratulating themselves on their own righteousness.
McCain-Palin have spent most of their campaign attacking Obama's honor and patriotism, implying he's somehow un-American. Palin in particular, with her praise of small-town America, implicitly attacks urban America as somehow un-American. Now McCain-Palin have gotten busy attacking Bush, a figure you can be sure they doggedly supported as he enacted one blunder after another--blunders we other Americans could see as such even at the time he was making them.
So what I'm wondering is--who is there left for McCain-Palin to attack? Really, to keep their campaign dynamism going, they should probably finish October by attacking their near relatives as irresponsible and un-American, then their friends and staff, and finally themselves.
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[Above press quote from MSNBC:
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