« Top Headline Comments 08-28-08 | Main | Cooking With Ace of Spades: Today’s Recipe is “Narrative au Gratin” (genghis) »
August 28, 2008

Time for Some Turnabout

Red meat was on the menu last night at the Democratic Convention. Each speaker was there to throw great big bloody chunks of partisan rhetoric at the crowd, who responded enthusiastically. Both parties set aside a night for this tradition, and it's always great fun to watch because it gives speakers and attendees a chance to throw barbs at their opponents.

Last night, amidst all the one-liners, clever phrases and entertaining half-truths of the speeches, the Democrats continued to pound away at their primary anti-McCain talking point. John McCain, they argue, will be nothing more than a third term for George W. Bush. John McCain votes too often with his party and is a Bush-Cheney stooge. John McCain may have once been a maverick, but now he's only a party guy. One speaker last night said that McCain voted with the president 90% of the time, and that's 90% too much George W. Bush.

As with most lines of attack thought up by the Obama Brain Trust, they might want to rethink this one, because the charge of mindless partisan tool fits the accuser more than the accused. Obama and his surrogates constantly claim he's a post-partisan candidate who has a record and a willingness to reach across the aisle and work with the other party.


Obama voted against the majority of Democrats and reached across the aisle a whole 4% of the time. For those keeping track at home, that's 96% partisan. One of the men who made the charge, John Kerry, is actually more post-partisan than Obama, voting with his party only 95.6% of the time. Joe Biden? 96.6% Just for kicks, how about Hillary? She's actually the most partisan at 97.2% of the time.

When you consider what the Democratic leadership has done this term, their near-total loyalty to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi doesn't seem like something they really want people to examine in much detail. Just this summer, Democrats have failed to pass a budget and stood firmly against new domestic oil production despite high gas prices. The Reid-Pelosi leadership has led the Democrats to set records for Congressional approval ratings.

How did "McSame" vote this term? He voted with his party only 88.3% of the time. As irritating as his Maverickyism is at times, it makes him a much more post-partisan, willing to reach across the aisle sort of candidate only without the Messianic complex.

Democrats are going to keep using this line of attack because it whips their base into a frothy frenzy of good old Bush hate. But, like much of the Obama campaign rhetoric, it doesn't stand up well under even cursory examination.

Hmmm - Just how far left was Barack Obama? Pretty far.

digg this
posted by Slublog at 08:52 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
JB1000, EAJ: "I am hoping Mr. Kimmel has the 'joy' of being told ..."

Ruthless: "Gawd, I gotta go eat something. You guys are addic ..."

katya the designated driver: "We cut our cable two years ago. Rarely miss it. ..."

Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead): "One mo' step, i'll juke you. ..."

HILLARY!!!: "Try and take the hot sauce outta my purse!  I ..."

Nevergiveup: "it's not your night. Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at ..."

Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u]: "505 Tami- Thank you for the reply. Answered Pos ..."

illiniwek: "wow ... most of the way through the "emotional con ..."

Ladylibertarian: "I first read that as "shaved" and proceeded to dry ..."

sven10077: "439 Posted by: Eromero at October 16, 2017 09:31 P ..."

josephistan: ">> I first read that as "shaved" and proceeded to ..."

chavez the hugo: "502: brilliant. an empty lambeau would be one for ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64