Tuesday, April 01, 2008

To Bush, Or Not To Bush, That Is McCain's Question

On The Democratic side of this primary season, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton must walk a fine line between remaining above the mud and attacking each other while simultaneously preserving their dignity in the process. Although McCain is free and clear of his former opponents such as Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, he still has a tightrope to walk, between the man in the White House today, and the White House he wants to occupy in January of 2009.

From Yahoo News:

"The point is, I'm not running on the Bush presidency, I'm running on my own service to the country, my own record in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate and my vision for the future," McCain told ABC television.

"Now we'll have lots of time to portray that, and I'm doing that now."

McCain, 71, has been a fierce supporter of the Iraq war, though challenged the Bush administration's past management of the conflict, and admits his fortunes could be tied to the way the war develops over the next nine months.

So what is the difference that McCain suggests there is between him and Bush?

"I think after 9/11 we made a mistake, we made a mistake in telling Americans to take a trip, to go shopping, I think we had an opportunity to call Americans to service," he said.

Well isn't that nice. I agree we should be stepping up as Americans to do more service, but there is more to our nation's future than that. McCain talked about his service in Vietnam and no one can deny him that. Yet we are here in 2008 and our country has priorities. McCain's just happen to be out of step for most Americans. He wants to continue this ridiculous war in Iraq (and bomb, bomb, bomb Iran too) and he doesn't even know what the hell is going on there.

John can pretend not to be George Bush because he wore a uniform and didn't shop after 9/11, but that doesn't mean he knows how to move America in the right direction for the next four years. If anything, his policies would keep us on the same bloody and costly path.