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Thursday, October 09, 2008
Honestly, can someone please explain to me what the rationale would be for voting for McCain? His anarchic behavior over the last 6 weeks raises serious questions about his judgment. He's demonstrated a total lack of interest in sound public policy or public responsibility, as demonstrated with his outrageous vice-presidential selection and his bizarre behavior during the bailout debate. His policies are reckless to the point of madness - whether with respect to his trigger-happy approach to foreign policy, his worst-of-all possible worlds health care plan, or his proposal to grant another massive tax cut to the top 1% of the population with pennies for everybody else. His proposals to balance the budget are silly (earmarks make up a trivial sum of the federal budget, and "entitlement reform" is best achieved via health care reform). He's a champion of deregulation at time when regulation is what's called for. And his campaign is entirely staffed by the very corporate lobbyists he claims to support. This is all besides his contemptible smear campaign or the fact that his election would guarantee a right-wing majority on the court that would end abortion rights, gut environmental laws, and greatly restrict civil liberties.

So please, someone, anyone, tell me why a sane person would even consider voting for this man? I'd really like to know.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 10:37 AM
  • I have friends who are voting for him, so here goes:

    He is pro-life.


    By Blogger Anastasia, at 11:19 AM  
  • Well that's just weak. Here's what I'd like to ask your friends: Do they believe abortion is murder? If so, do they believe that women should face criminal penalties for having abortions, up to or including the death penalty? What about doctors that perform abortions?

    But if they really believe that abortion is the most important voting issue, fine. They can just continue being tools for politicians who use their concern for the issue to destroy them and their children's way of life. Nice job.

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 11:37 AM  
  • well, hey. I agree. I mean, I'm pro-life and I wouldn't vote for him if he were running unopposed. However, for my friends who make that their voting issue, they don't even consider the other candidate. There isn't even a question of which way they'll vote. They choose the pro-life candidate and then they find reasons to like him. Or her, in Palin's case. So it isn't like there's any reasoned thought there.

    On the other hand, does the other side behave differently? Would a pro-life democrat be electable, or is that a deal-breaking issue for the left?

    By Blogger Anastasia, at 8:42 PM  
  • Well, there was a woman on NPR this morning (or recently...) that said that the prospect of an Obama win scared her to death. So she'll vote for McCain. Because the alternative is scary.

    He's offering more of the same, so those who support him want to hear that, right? And that means they probably did well in the past 8 years, or thought they did, or....

    If they listened to evidence, they'd be different people. You (and I) probably scare them too. At least, I hope so. Cheap thrills.

    By Blogger Belle, at 9:17 PM  
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