The McCain/Bush… Oops! I mean McCain/Palin ticket by underground

Obama has rightly caught out the Republicans trying to divert attention away from policy debate by perverting comments he made likening John McCain’s promise of change to putting lipstick on a pig.

“You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough.”

McCain’s team then accused Obama of sexism, twisting the comment as a dig at McCain’s running mate, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Palin, a self-confessed ‘hockey-mom’ had previously commented that the only difference between a hockey-mom and a pitbull was lipstick.

Sarah Palin is not a pig with lipstick on. She is George Bush in a skirt.

Republican supporters have lapped up this mother-of-five, moose-shooting, oil drilling, homophophic, evangelical Christian, lifetime member of the NRA. For everyone else, she’s scary. With McCain, whether you like him or not, you have a man who is rational and reasoned, to some extent, but with Palin you have George W Bush’s Christian fanaticism and unenlightened reasoning. Sure she may have mobilised America’s conservative base, but Bush is the most unpopular president in history and so she could well push ‘moderates’ away. Obama may or may not succeed in showing Americans that McCain is an extension of Bush, his pig comment is a great call, however misunderstood/perverted, but with Palin onboard Obama should not struggle to show that NOTHING will change under the McCain/Palin ticket from Bush’s disastrous two terms in office.

A recent poll has shown Obama to be the overwhelming favourite among everyone who doesn’t get a vote. Outside the US, he was favoured over McCain by a 4-1 margin across 22,500 people polled in 22 countries. In 17 countries the majority believed American relations with the rest of the world would improve, whereas the view was under McCain they would stay the same or deteriorate. This is understandable. I agree with Robert Fisk, more on that later, that neither will have a positive effect on the Middle East, for example, unless current thinking, in both parties, changes considerably. But with Obama you have someone fresh who engages with the world. And most people, rightly or wrongly, see him as a change. And this is not entirely about reality, in fact it is mainly about perception. And Obama is viewed as a complete break from Bush, although I myself am not so sure anymore. Sure McCain would fit the bill as “anyone but Bush”, but overseas observers are not going to be pleased if Americans return a Republican to the White House, especially if the likes of Palin are included in the deal. *Shudder!*


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Under the Republican watch, the USA have lost the World Trade Center and half the Pentagon, lost a city in New Orleans when they were told previously they needed $125m to shore up the levees but were given less than half. The Republicans have lied to get the USA into an expensive war, demolishing the goodwill of the world towards America in the process. And with their open checkbook policies, the Republicans have taken the greatest surplus ever and turned it into the greatest deficit ever in just a few years, bankrupting the country in the process. Therefore, I would like to know how come when you ask your Republican voter why they will still vote Republican, the stock answer is that the Democrats will spend too much?

Then there is the Democrats. How many promises have been made to pressure groups by the Obama camp to get him into power?

This whole thing is a charade where no matter which party wins big business wins. From next election, both party campaign budgets should be set and provided for by the government, and pressure groups with their back handers eliminated. Then we might get some honesty about the place.

Comment by David L

Well put David. Without some serious changes to the American political system real change is out of the question.

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