Friday, September 05, 2008

Like The Last Eight Years Never Happened

Watching the Republican convention this week, if I didn't know any better I would have thought that Democrats have been in power the last eight years and "insurgent-mavericks" John McCain and Sarah Palin are running as the "true agents of change" to topple the liberal establishment in Washington and return conservative governing principals to DC.

But of course George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been running things the past eight years in Washington, Republicans have held power in the Congress for six of the last eight years and four of the last eight years in the Senate.

So what the hell are they running against - themselves?

Turns out yes:

By the time the convention here was about to get under way, Mr. McCain almost sounded like a speaker at an Obama rally. “I promise you, if you’re sick and tired of the way Washington operates, you only need to be patient for a couple of more months,” he told supporters in O’Fallon, Mo., on Sunday. “Change is coming! Change is coming! Change is coming!”

He continued the mantra Thursday. “Let me just offer an advance warning to the old big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd,” Mr. McCain said. “Change is coming.”

Boasting that he had fought corruption even among Republicans, he said the party had lost its way. And he offered a sweeping promise of reform: “We need to change the way government does almost everything.”

So McCain, who has voted 90% of the time with George W. Bush the last eight years, is going to be this "agent of change" even though every idea he proposed in his speech - from more oil drilling in Alaska to Iraq war policy to the handling of the economy - is nearly identical to Bush's record of the last eight years.

Wow - meet the new boss, same as the old boss - now that's change you can believe in!!!

If you liked the last eight years of Cheney/Bush rule, you'll love the next four years of McCain/Palin rule.
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