Wednesday, June 04, 2008

McCain Change Is Same Speech 6/3/08

If you weren't paying attention last night the TV had McCain, Clinton, and Obama on making speeches. If you missed the McCain effort, it was an effort apparently for him to do and much more so to watch without falling on the floor laughing. McCain is not much good at making speeches and should fire whoever his strategist was that suggested making this at a time where it would be directly compared to Clinton and especially to Obama. A lot of green for a background is not friendly to human complexion and John is somewhat challenged that way. Most of what was unfriendly to McCain is not poor speechifying or grimaces or background; it is what he says. For all of it you can see Politico.
The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received. As the father of three daughters, I owe her a debt for inspiring millions of women to believe there is no opportunity in this great country beyond their reach.
Sure John, your pals in the media overlooked Hillary's good points and seem to have played up you publicly calling your wife "c**t" and standing for everything that Hillary has campaigned against. She seems to have stuck by her spouse where you did what, exactly? Yes, John you should put yourself on the same table with Hillary.
Pundits and party elders have declared that Senator Obama will be my opponent.
These are your pals who've let you get away with virtually any lie and any behavior and you're going to diss them?
But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going backward.

Here's your frame made for you, now you get to guess where he's going with it.
The right change recognizes that many of the policies and institutions of our government have failed.
Since your Party did everything in its power to smash the mechanism of institutions and they failed I wonder that you make this argument and go on to list the failures your Party has fought all attempts to fix.
some of those changes have distressed many American families — job loss, failing schools, prohibitively expensive health care, pensions at risk, entitlement programs approaching bankruptcy, rising gas and food prices, to name a few. But your government often acts as if it is completely unaware of the changes and hardships in your lives.
At every step I made sure this will be what happens to them. I have been an integral part of making sure that you were ignored in favor of the rich and the corporatist. See my list of advisers.
Our disgraceful failure to do so here in New Orleans exposed the incompetence of government at all levels to meet even its most basic responsibilities.
That's too easy to kick apart.
The wrong change looks not to the future but to the past for solutions that have failed us before and will surely fail us again. I have a few years on my opponent, so I am surprised that a young man has bought in to so many failed ideas. Like others before him, he seems to think government is the answer to every problem; that government should take our resources and make our decisions for us. That type of change doesn't trust Americans to know what is right or what is in their own best interests. It's the attitude of politicians who are sure of themselves but have little faith in the wisdom, decency and common sense of free people. That attitude created the unresponsive bureaucracies of big government in the first place.
Here's your change, we've spent the last seven years playing this card and doing our damnedest to effect it and we're going to sell it to you again. You're not to notice that this is exactly what we ran on in 2000 and 2004, and 2006 and you have the results right now.
You will hear from my opponent's campaign in every speech, every interview, every press release that I'm running for President Bush's third term.

So he tries to drum it into your minds by constantly repeating it rather than debate honestly the very different directions he and I would take the country.
I have voted 95% with the current administration, the GW Bush administration that I am now saying I oppose. I oppose it because I say so.
Americans ought to be concerned about the judgment of a presidential candidate who says he's ready to talk, in person and without conditions, with tyrants from Havana to Pyongyang, but hasn't traveled to Iraq to meet with General Petraeus, and see for himself the progress he threatens to reverse.
He hasn't talked to our political shill in Iraq but seems to have in DC so he just doesn't know how safe I was in a market with hundreds of troops and gunships.
we need a President with a record of putting the nation's interests before the special interests of either party. I have that record. Senator Obama does not.
Make sure nobody mentions Chuck Keating or telecoms or my advisers like Black and Gramm. I'm pure as driven snow for the last week or so...
Senator Obama proposes to keep spending money on programs that make our problems worse and create new ones that are modeled on big government programs that created much of the fiscal mess we are in. He plans to pay for these increases by raising taxes on seniors, parents, small business owners and every American with even a modest investment in the market. He doesn't trust us to make decisions for ourselves and wants the government to make them for us. And that's not change we can believe in.
On the other hand I advocate that the very rich not pay for any of the benefits they reap and the real tax load remain on those I just mentioned to you. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain - George II.
Lowering trade barriers to American goods and services creates more and better jobs; keeps inflation under control; keeps interest rates low; and makes more goods affordable to more Americans. We won't compete successfully by using old technology to produce old goods. We'll succeed by knowing what to produce and inventing new technologies to produce it.
You can all see how well this has worked out for you, trust me, my hand isn't in your wallet.
We are not people who believe only in the survival of the fittest
We absolutely believe in the socialization of risk to protect the incompetent plutocrats and boost the ones that don't manage to fail.
The sweeping reforms of government we need won't occur unless we change the political habits of Washington that have locked us in an endless cycle of bickering and stalemate. Washington is consumed by a hyper-partisanship that treats every serious issue as an opportunity to trade insults; impugn each other's motives; and fight about the next election. This is the game Washington plays.
And I've played it to the hilt with every filibuster I've voted for.
But he hasn't been willing to make the tough calls; to challenge his party; to risk criticism from his supporters to bring real change to Washington. I have.
I did this, way back in time, before I became a Bush clone and caved every time.
as we did in the weeks after September 11th.
Make sure to bring this up and make sure to remind everybody about all the crap you Republicans rammed through.

There you are, vote for John McCain, he'll tell you doing exactly what the Republicans have for the last several decades is new and it is change. He'll call himself a maverick while he toes the Party line. Here's some sort of Leader You Can Believe In.


KISS said...

I most enjoyed the hypocritical " Not wearing the flag pin" by Obama and than mysteriously wearing the pin and than not wearing the pin , than on than off and now the Amerikan flag with the Israeli flag on the other side. Now that is what I call a real politician. Double speak out both sides of his mouth in true Amerikan politics. Did he learn this from Bush or Daley?

Paul said...

Hey Chuck -

I love the way you do this dialogue alongside his speech...wouldn't it be great if some talking head would pop up live while he was speaking and say all of this same stuff. I am so sick of hearing about McCain as a maverick. Those days are long gone.

The other thing nobody is talking about is this: not only was the substance of his speech ludicrous, as you so eloquently point out, but his delivery was damn near laughable. You could see him practically cracking up, with the ridiculously refrain, "that's not change you can believe in" delivered in a way a school child might mimic some kid on the playground. Not only that, but how many people did have there: 2 dozen? I swear this guy doesn't stand a chance.


KISS said...
Makes my point. The picture tells it all

Chuck Butcher said...

Since I don't give a rat's ass about flag pins I didn't pay it a lot of attention though somebody said something about some touching story of someone giving it to him at a rally - or something.

KISS said...

The pin, in itself is of no consequence. It is the pandering and double speak that is alarming. The sad excuse is " They all do it" is pure BS. The picture I alluded to was Lieberman McCain and Obama all huddled together.
Remember Obama was a forerunner campaigning for Lieberman against a fine dimmo Lamont.

Chuck Butcher said...

I was pretty busy when that was going on, Lieberman Primary, so I didn' give it as much attention as I would have.