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So I'm watching the republican national convention because I missed the democratic convention by taking advantage of Denver's lock down to take a vacation.
...and it seems to me that the main problem that the republican's have this election year is that their usual strategy of running against the democrats seems odd when they are coming off eight years of a republican presidency. So as they rail against high gas prices and government spending they act as if this were somehow not the result of their own president's failings.
So, John McCain is not George W. Bush. He was the guy that wasn't good enough for them when they stood by and let Bush smear McCain. Read the nice article written by former campaign manager Richard H. Davis about how the Bush supporters used push polling in South Carolina to suggest that McCain's adopted daughter was an illegitimate black child.
Blame the liberals.
Listen to the speeches during the convention and you get the recurring theme that has been dominant in Republican politics for as long as I can remember; blame someone else, the liberals, the democrats, the media, the New York Times, the Washington establishment... etc.
They have simplistic solutions so they resort to blaming others and running on their core issue - lowing taxes for rich people.
For example.. many times during the speeches people chanted about drilling, as if drilling is the end all solution neglecting the fact that its oil companies, not government that has the biggest say over where oil is bought. The reason we get so much oil from overseas is because that is where the oil companies can get it for a better price. Domestic production was not cost effective so the oil companies turned to cheap middle east oil. So republicans, are you ready to override oil companies business decisions to force them to buy domestic oil? Are you going to subsidize domestic production? Are you going to address this issue beyond a simplistic slogan?
I didn't think so.
But then again.. you're not looking for answers. You're looking for an excuse.
Additionally, watching the convention you get the distinct impression that McCain is secondary to the process. I get the impression that the messages of the convention, the typical red meat of the party faithful, don't really apply to the candidate. McCain has always been more moderate than the core republican party but the convention trudges on as if Bush were running again...
Did we mention that McCain is a war hero and has a strong personal story?
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