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    Thursday, February 7, 2008

    Not McCain, even if that means Billary!

    John McCain is the Republican candidate. At least the beer you drank on the Super Tuesday result watching party did not go without anything substantial coming out of it.

    I do not presume to know much about him. But I am still hard pressed to know how is he the media darling that he is? They talk about his ethics, and the fact that he is willing to work on bipartisan lines to get what America needs done. He’s a veteran, been obviously of great service and has some stories of it. But can we have McCain as another President, and not think that it’s another term of the Bush Administration? I doubt it.

    On immigration reform, he's run as far to the right as he can, aligning himself with the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.

    On the war, McCain scoffed at Bush's call to leave troops in Iraq for 50 years, saying "Make it a hundred!"

    On a woman's right to choose, McCain has vowed to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

    On the economy, one of the issues that the American people care most about, McCain has said: "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated."[1]

    A war for a hundred years. Almost a denial that fiscal irresponsibility is what’s not good for the economy and an insistence that it is a Mexican working on minimum wage that it is distorting it all. And by calling it the sanctity of life, you cannot argue overturning Roe V. Wade is nothing but an infringement on a woman’s right to live her life the way she wants to. And by talking about appointing judges who talk your mouth is probably undermining the sanctity of the judiciary a bit.     

    They say he is the best of the lot. But a lot of what! And of all the talks about special interest, ethics and financial reform, there is much truth to the fact that the two of the three sources of McCain’s campaign cash are lobbying firms based in Washington D.C.

    America needs to decide. But what is decided is that McCain is the choice of the GOP. Millions of dollars of special interest money is flowing in. You can be bloody darn sure of one thing; the Pharmaceutical majors and the Insurance companies definitely do not like Barack talking about putting healthcare negotiations live on C- Span. One can guess which candidate their money would go to. And if anything the Republicans are good at it, it is probably winning elections.

    I keep doing it again, but in Barack’s words, “we have gay friends from the south and friends who go to the church in California.” Come on, Even Billary! Better a never-ending soap opera at the Oval Office than another Republican. For yourselves, and the world.

    [1] Howard Dean, in a widely circulated E- Mail titled How we will beat John McCain dated February 6, 2007.

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