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Palin and Obama August 29, 2008

Posted by clintcarter in Politics.
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2 thoughts about the political headlines from the last 2 days.  Part of Obama’s speech from the DNC bothers me.  Here’s what he said:

“Tonight, more Americans are out of work, and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes, and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay and tuition that’s beyond your reach.”

The blame, he said, lay squarely with “broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.”

“America, we are better than these last eight years.  We are a better country than this.”

The reason this bothers me is that it’s a short sighted statement.  It looks at the past 8 years in a vacuum – without considering what has come before.  And I’m not just getting on to Obama.  I remember hearing this same type of rhetoric during Bush’s first presidential campaign.

The world has changed exponentially over the last 20 years.  Communication, technology, and the political landscape of the globe have been revolutionized.  It’s silly to say that the “years of plenty” that happened during the Clinton administration were a product of his policies or that the “lean years” are directly tied to the policies of the Bush administration.  If anything, an administration’s policies don’t start having a significant, measurable effect until the years that follow.

That’s thought #1.  Thought #2.  Wow.

Talk about a gutsy, left field move for McCain.

Let’s see, I’m running for president as the underdog.  I need a strong running mate to help me pull this off.  Why don’t I choose someone with not much experience that nobody knows about?

It sounds ludicrous.  But I really like the move.  I like the fact that he didn’t go with a known commodity or the expected.

Bravo, Mr. McCain.  I’m not really that excited about your presidential campaign, but this was a stroke of genius.

 

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