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...or against it?

I'll Take Ten Over Five Any Day of the Week

From Monica Memo...

There has been a lot of talk during this campaign about percentages. In his acceptance speech the other night, Barack Obama got big applause when he said that John McCain had voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time, and that he didn't want to gamble on a 10 percent chance for change.

What Obama didn't tell you is that he has voted 95 percent of the time with the liberal Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. That would be the same Harry Reid, who along with uberliberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, head up a Democratic-led Congress with a sensational 9 percent job approval rating. Obama is part of that liberal Congressional leadership of which 91 percent of the American people disapprove. Obama votes with them 95 percent of the time.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to gamble on just a 5 percent chance on change from that.

I'm all for change. I'm just not buying what BHO's selling. He claims McCain represents the failed policies of the past? Has anyone looked closely at what BHO's selling? ....Six and one-half dozen the other? A corpse by any other name would still smell. The lesser of two evils? Nah, Dems don't really want to go there. Not with the blood of one in four children, since Roe, on their party's hands.

posted by Eric @ 10:43 PM,


On September 1, 2008 at 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point, Eric. That is a nice comeback to that silly 10% sound bite.

If Obama is so wonderful, why does he have to run against someone not in the race?

On September 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Oh, but there's more, my friend! Deceit is inherent in Barack's 90% claim for at least one fundamental reason.

To say McCain voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time is dishonest in that George W. Bush doesn't GET a vote in the Senate. But this is small potatoes.

But Neal Boortz had something intelligent to say about this. Instead of paraphrasing his take, I'll just quote him. First from Friday, August 29, and second from today, September 1.


"So just how do you measure the percentage of times that McCain is voting "with" the president? Well, perhaps you could measure the number of times that a Senator votes with the Republican members. Ahhh ... but remember... most Senate votes are unanimous. This would mean that the only way not to "vote with the president" would be not to vote at all. As Dick Morris wrote: "The fact that McCain backs commending a basketball team on its victory doesn't mean that he is in lockstep ideologically with the president."

Morris also points out a series of important issues on which Bush and McCain did not agree:

* McCain fought for campaign finance reform — McCain-Feingold — that Bush resisted and ultimately signed because he had no choice.

* McCain led the battle to restrict interrogation techniques of terror suspects and to ban torture.

* McCain went with Joe Lieberman on a tough measure to curb climate change, something Bush denies is going on.

* McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts when they passed.

* McCain urged the Iraq surge, a posture Bush rejected for years before conceding its wisdom.

* McCain favors FDA regulation of tobacco and sponsored legislation to that effect, a position all but a handful of Republican senators oppose.

* McCain's energy bill, also with Lieberman, is a virtual blueprint for energy independence and development of alternate sources.

* After the Enron scandal, McCain introduced sweeping reforms in corporate governance and legislation to guarantee pensions and prohibit golden parachutes for executives. Bush opposed McCain's changes and the watered-down Sarbanes-Oxley bill eventuated.

* McCain has been harshly critical of congressional overspending, particularly of budgetary earmarks, a position Bush only lately adopted (after the Democrats took over Congress).

Using the same methodology you would probably find that most Democrat senators also voted with Bush 90% of the time."


"The Obama campaign sees its best chance at defeating McCain by continuing to link McCain to George Bush. So far, this doesn't seem to be sticking. On Friday, we also put to rest the notion that John McCain has not voted with George Bush "90% of the time" on the issues that matter. I'm not talking about votes honoring the local Little League for their recent victory; I'm talking about issues that have the potential to affect us as a nation.

If you will recall ... we took a list of 31 crucial votes since the 109th congress. We eliminated from that list all unanimous Senate votes ... and figured out that McCain actually votes "with Bush," (That means with the Republicans), about 45% of the time when the vote is (1) meaningful and, (2) not unanimous. Again .. only a Democrat with Bush Derangement Syndrome could get his boxers in a wad over McCain voting "with Bush" on a resolution commending a basketball team."


For many on the Left the subtleties in this line of reasoning will either elude them altogether, or get their backs up and force them to ignore and continue to distort the truth. Either way, it's lame to try and tag this moniker on McCain, when Obama himself has voted in equal proportion with his krewe... the one with the abysmally low approval rating... eh-hem... even lower than that of George W. Bush.

On September 1, 2008 at 10:16 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

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On September 1, 2008 at 10:17 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Re, "Not with the blood of one in four children, since Roe, on their party's hands."

I hope you realize how false this rings outside the anti-choice world. I know you believe it to your bones, but to those who don't, which is most people, it rings of the kind of boast that costs votes rather than gains them.

By all means, shore up the GOP base. But that is most definately not the same thing as aiming for votes from the middle.

On September 2, 2008 at 12:56 AM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Explain please. How does this ring false?

On September 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM, Blogger Al-Ozarka said...

"...anti-choice world..." - The Right Reverend Redneck

What does that mean? Conservatives believe in choice far more than liberals like you, pal.

Of course, conservatives believe that the choice is made in the actions that result in pregnancies rather than in the choice to commit murder of the most innocent.

You see...we believe that folks have the right to choose to be responsible or to be foolish.

You believe that folks have the right to choose to murder the innocent.

You are a good and faithful tare, Rev!


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