John McCain As Bush 44

As we watch news of ongoing financial crisis, the Obama campaign wants the Republican party to "own their mistakes," as the Senator put it in Denver.

Joe Biden today in Michigan:

Eight years ago, a man ran for President who claimed he was different, not a typical Republican.  He called himself a reformer.  He admitted that his Party, the Republican Party, had been wrong about things from time to time.  He promised to work with Democrats and said he'd been doing that for a long time.

That candidate was George W. Bush.  Remember that?  Remember the promise to reach across the aisle?  To change the tone?  To restore honor and dignity to the White House?

We saw how that story ends.  A record number of home foreclosures.  Home values, tumbling.  And the disturbing news that the crisis you've been facing on Main Street is now hitting Wall Street, taking down Lehman Brothers and threatening other financial institutions.
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If we forget this history, we're going to be doomed to repeat it -- with four more just like the last eight, or worse.  If you're ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man.

Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed "Bush 41" and his son is known as "Bush 43," John McCain could easily become known as "Bush 44."

And an AP headline today:

Obama blames Wall St. crisis on Republican policy

The implementation of political ideology brings results, either positive or negative; as we're seeing this week, Republican governance brought economic
crisis. John McCain enabled and furthered those policies. He owns it.

Tags: Election 08, joe biden, John McCain (all tags)

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17 Comments

Re: John McCain As Bush 44

Great, let's beat them over the head with it from now to election day.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-09-15 07:46AM | 0 recs
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Good.  I didn't like Obamas statement this morning where he let McCain off the hook.  Obama and the Dems need to hang the economy around the GOP, and by extension McCain, at every turn.  In plain simple language we need to point fingers without hesitation.  Worst case scenario, the GOP tried to deny the allegation, so what.  As the old expression goes, if you are on the defensive, you've lost.

by tlhwraith 2008-09-15 07:51AM | 0 recs
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not that there's ever a good time for bad financial news, but, frankly, the market tumbling couldn't come at a better time than now.  It's important that voters get an "in your face" view of what the last 8 years of Republican economics brings us.  Deregulate the financial industry and give all the tax breaks to the wealthy and this is what happens.  You can say it again and again, but without some tangible problems, people don't get it.

by slynch 2008-09-15 08:00AM | 0 recs
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If this message wins us an election, I think it should then be turned as a weapon to dismantle reagenomics.

http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/9/ 15/104152/710/44#c44

by lockewasright 2008-09-15 08:32AM | 0 recs
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howdy locke, long time no see.

agreed.  I'm not sure why it takes a total economic disaster for people to see that reaganomics doesn't work.  Sometimes I wonder about the "average" voter's intelligence, as "elitist" as that may sound.  But, as my father-in-law used to say: "the average IQ is only 100, and that's just not that high."

by slynch 2008-09-15 08:46AM | 0 recs
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We keep buying bombers and underpaying teachers...

by lockewasright 2008-09-15 08:49AM | 0 recs
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Beacause that's the way people are. They mes around and mess arund until the engine throws a rod and then have to do something serious.
If this is what it takes to have poeple start to back away from Reaganomics, then so be it. Cruel and a little stupid, but par for the course.
by spirowasright 2008-09-15 02:14PM | 0 recs
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agreed

by slynch 2008-09-15 10:15PM | 0 recs
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oh, and by "tangible," I mean major economic problems.  People are far too likely to dismiss their own bad financial luck as their own failing.  But when major markets crash...

by slynch 2008-09-15 08:01AM | 0 recs
McCain has lost it completely

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 908/McCain_Fundamentals_are_still_strong .html

``There is turmoil in financial markets ....''

``I believe the fundamentals of our economy are still strong ..''

In consecutive sentences.

What is he smoking?

by ann0nymous 2008-09-15 08:11AM | 0 recs
Biden came out SWINGING today!!!

It's awesome!!!

by puma 2008-09-15 08:14AM | 0 recs
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Or another way of saying it...
Visually that is.....

by Jbeat 2008-09-15 08:14AM | 0 recs
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I am and have been an Obama supporter who has been concerned over the last 10 days about where they were taking the campaign message.  They needed to find a way to connect with voters at a gut level on the economy, etc.

I think this is it--essentially, here we go again.  Repubs promise to be bipartisan, put aside special interests and change the tone in Washington.  The result--the worst presidency in modern American history, with the middle class left in the rear view mirror.

If I were the campaign, I'd produce an ad that would highlight the economic concerns of the middle class, then feature clips of Bush making these promises in 2000 and then cut to McCain saying the same thing in the last few weeks.

America can't afford more of the same.

by TRH3 2008-09-15 08:16AM | 0 recs
Ground Is Shifting

After almost 3 weeks of trivial crap being pushed by the McCain campaign and the media, reality has intruded today.  The credit markets are melting down and that means people can't buy homes, cars or start businesses.  I don't care about the Wall Street bankers but this has real life impact that will be felt throughout the country.

This is serious stuff and McCain really has no clue.  Read his comment about the fundamentals of the economy being strong.  WTF???   Will anyone, even his rich buddies, buy that one?

The ground is shifting quickly back to issues like the economy and that is a strength for Obama and the Dems.  

by jmnyc 2008-09-15 08:30AM | 0 recs
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When McCain is out there stumping on reforming Washington, ridding it of lobbyists, and banning earmarks (yeah, right), he looks so desperate. Just words. No action. He's had 26 years to reform Washington, and he's failed. He could have used his popularity and status after 2000 to work with Bush and pass legislation to reform Washington; however, he did not and for this no one should trust his recent rhetoric.  

by Steve24 2008-09-15 08:58AM | 0 recs
THIS is the narrative

Republicans got complete control of the national government, and this is what they produced.  They put conservative ideology into law and policy domestically and internationally, and it proved to be disastrous.

Each time Republicanism and conservatism have failed, a new candidate has stepped forward claiming that they were somehow better than that, they they offered a new and improved Republicanism, new and improved conservatism.  Bush 41 called himself "kinder, gentler."  Bush 43 called himself "a different kind of Republican."  McCain -- Bush 44 -- now says he is a conservative Republican, but "a reformer."

But each time the result is the same.  Recession.  Foreclosures.  Corruption.  Financial crises.  Health care crisis.  Deficits and debt.  International isolation.

McCain will be no different, no matter how he tries to dress this up.  He is Bush 44.

We need to confront this head-on, agressively and relentlessly.  Republicanism is a failure.  Conservatism is a failure.  McCain will be more of the same.

by DFLer 2008-09-15 09:01AM | 0 recs
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Yeah, just wait until Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid come crashing down.  Then we'll have them!

by Cal in California 2008-09-15 09:24AM | 0 recs

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