Friday, March 28, 2008

If You Liked Bush, You'll Love McCain

Glennzilla cuts through the packaging and states what should be blindingly obvious to all voters about Chalky McSame's foreseeable foreign policy:

McCain is a pure neoconservative in exactly the way that Bush and Cheney are, which is exactly why David Brooks, and like-minded ideologues like Bill Kristol, swoon over McCain's foreign policy "principles." That's fine. Brooks is a neoconservative and it's thus perfectly natural that he would find a neoconservative foreign policy speech to be filled with wisdom and insight. But to pretend that it's some grand departure from the Bush/Cheney approach is pure deceit.

Just as was true for Bush in 2000, McCain is running at a time when the Republican brand is sullied (in 2000 because of the ugly Gingrich/impeachment crusades and in 2008 because of the destructive Bush years). Thus, McCain is being politically marketed in exactly the same way that Bush the presidential candidate was (he's a uniter not divider; a new kind of Republican; you always know where he stands; he's a conservative who deviates from dogma and appeals to Democrats; he transcends partisanship; we're going to be a more humble nation, etc. etc.). It's exactly the same wrapping. And te media believed all of that about Bush and they now believe it all about McCain.

But beyond just the political packaging, McCain -- with a couple of pointed exceptions -- is a carbon copy of Bush in substance as well, at least with regard to war and foreign policy. [emphasis mine]
It's not a crime to favor the Bush-McCain view of foreign policy, but everyone should understand that a McCain presidency represents a direct continuation of Bush-Cheney policy.

The political media love McCain but have soured on Bush. This doesn't change their sameness on policy.

I hope people who assumed the best about Bush in 2000 and 2004 will think twice and think twice again before accepting the packaging, branding, spin, and other obfuscation on McCain. A lot of well-meaning people realized only too late that Bush was not the "uniter" he claimed to be, nor the "compassionate conservative" he claimed to be, nor the advocate of "humility" he claimed to be. Likewise McCain is no "maverick" in any substantive sense.

If you genuinely believe Bush-Cheney have the right policies on foreign affairs, in Iraq and beyond, you would be well-served to vote for McCain. A vote for McCain is a third vote for Bush-Cheney.

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