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Don’t Believe the Hype: McCain Is Still a Bush Republican September 5, 2008

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The New Republic/The Plank

September 5, 2008

How did it play politically? Will it energize the base? Will it make swing voters swoon?

As usual, your guess is as good as mine–or any of the pundits you see yapping on the television right now. Until the focus groups and polls come in, we’re all just speculating.

But I can register a verdict on substance. If this was McCain’s answer to voter anxiety about the economy, it wasn’t too impressive.

As you’ve been reading–or, perhaps, as you’ve noticed on your own–economic policy has not been a big theme this week in Minneapolis. The Republicans have been campaigning heavily on McCain’s character and supposed leadership skills. To the extent they recognzied the high anxiety over employment, wages, or health care costs, they have spent most of their time criticizing Barack Obama’s plans for relief rather than offering their own. Only when they have made the case for more oil drilling–or that old Republican standby of cutting taxes–have they talked substance. And even that’s been pretty thin gruel.

At times tonight, it looked like McCain might take a different approach. He made a point of acknowledging the financial difficulties confronting many Americans:

These are tough times for many of you. You’re worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and are struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home. All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that’s just what I intend to do: stand on your side and fight for your future.

He repeated the argument later, saying, “I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn’t even noticed.” Source Article

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