McCain,  Obama

Obama equals Bush III

Check out this clip of Obama (accurately) decrying the false umbrage over some “lipstick on a pig” comment, and longing for a return to “issues”. Think of the implications. The McCain campaign is fighting the war they’re in, while Obama campaign fighting the war they wish they were fighting. It’s quite similar to most of the Bush presidency, and by extension saying that your enemies hate you for your “virtues”.

Just imagine what the debate would be like if the candidates had clear, consistent ideologies (a la Wilson, Reagan (sort of clear) or Polk) or clear records of achievement, like Bill Gates, David Petraeus, or Andrew Carnegie. Instead it’s a desperate attempt to convince the electorate that if elected they’ll pull off five consecutive miracles when they can’t even do simple card tricks.

In reading over this, I realize that the above paragraphs aren’t particularly clear, but I’m in a rush.


  • Brendan

    Sorry for the deletion. I read your post too quickly the first time, and my comment was correspondingly nonsensical.

    While I take your point, I think overall that McCain equals Bush III.

    If you don’t mind my asking, how did you happen across my blog?

  • Steve

    I believe it was the Gary Hart interview on BloggingHeads.

    And I don’t think I was clear or complete on the post. I see Obama, much like Bush, as not having a clear political ideology (the means), just a focus on ends. IMHO this leads to a willingness to do whatever the consensus of informed opinion (from within a broad range of ones’ ideological spectrum) says he should do.

    Obama and Bush are also usually used as a device to talk about oneself, much like the iPod. McCain, not so much.

    I don’t view either candidate favorably, but McCain is more of a wannabe Caesar, and not that similar in personalty or style to either Bush or Obama.

  • Brendan

    I believe it was the Gary Hart interview on BloggingHeads.


    Hard to believe that possibility didn’t occur to me. I was locked into wondering what curious turn of phrase you might have Googled.

    For the record, I don’t see Obama at all the way you see Obama, but if you’ve spent any time at all on the forums, I expect you’ve heard more than enough from me on such matters.