…and because John McCain cannot legitimately claim that, he is in deep kimche.
While this has been obvious for some time, a radio advertisement this AM brought it home.
With suitably ominous music in the background, the radio spot goes on about how (this is a paraphrase) “Democratic liberals have promised a trillion dollars in new spending…money that will come out of your pocket.” It was followed by a McCain campaign disclaimer.
Without a lot of information in front of you the claim rings true. Of course, this is what Democratic Liberals do-regardless of how they choose to categorize themselves. They like new programs, even if they conflict with existing programs, and like to spend money on them. If that means redistribution of wealth…that’s just the way the ball bounces.
The only problem is that the GOP cannot reasonably say to this “we won’t”. Spending has gone up under the Bush administration with a GOP congress in the saddle for six years. McCain has been in the Senate for all that time and more, and has made a big deal out of voting with President Bush 90% of the time.
How can you make a claim about the other party when your actions do not reasonably argue you would do something else?
And there is the problem. McCain might be able to argue he stands for something, that he is a maverick. But for several years the GOP has stood less for positions and philosophy than for power and perquisite. We have seen how this played in Richmond, and now we are seeing how it plays nationwide.
George Bush does not appear to speak French, but if he could he would likely be quoting Louis XIV of France-“Apres Moi, le Deluge”…and all because the GOP cannot truly argue that it stands for something.