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A Contrast in Campaigns; McCain Moves Left, Obama Moves Right

June 25, 2008

Cross posted at Grizzly Groundswell

 Something that I have found interesting in the early general election strategies of both Barack Obama and John McCain is how each of the candidates have tried to pander to the right and left respectively. I understand that during the primary seasons candidates play to their base and during the general election the candidates try to move to the center, but this election year it seems to be even more in evidence. Instead of moving to the center both candidates seem to be going beyond center.

 I will start with Barack Obama’s latest attempt to move to the center. He is reaching out to “values voters” in his latest ad.

 “America is a country of strong families and strong values,” says a political ad that began airing in 18 states over the weekend. The candidate then goes on to say how he helped move people off the welfare rolls and fought for tax cuts.

  Family values, strong families, welfare reform, and tax cuts? Wow, is this a move to the right by Obama or what? All of these issues are foreign to Democrats who want to replace the traditional family with big government entitlements. Who needs a father when the government is there to provide for you instead?

 Obama and family values? Barack Obama is the man who thinks teaching sex education to kindergarten age children is acceptable. He is also the man who said that he would not want his daughter “punished” with a baby. And he is also the man who condones infantiside with his refusal to vote on saving the lives of living, breathing babies who were birthed during an abortion attempt. He couldn’t even be bothered to vote on the issue. His reason for not wanting to vote to save these babies?

it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute.”

 That has to be the most horrid statement I have ever heard, certainly from a presidential candidate. He didn’t want the baby to be called a baby because you couldn’t kill it if you actually called it what it was.

 The values that Obama is trying to connect with  is straight out of the Republican playbook and the most liberal candidate for president in the history of America is now spouting this as his position. Yeah right.

  Barack Obama knows that there is no way in hell that any far leftist will ever abandon him so he is free to expound on family values, welfare reform, and lower taxes without fearing repercussions from his constituents. He knows that he can pretend he is for lower taxes and family values and he won’t lose his base because they know the truth.

Now on to the Republican’s joke of a candidate John McCain. John McCain is making what would normally be considered a radical left hand turn by almost any other Republican candidate, however we are talking about McCain here so it is more of a veer to the left.

 John McCain is trying to pander to the far left .

presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is focusing on climate change and “energy security”

“The next president of the United States must be willing to break with the energy policies not just of the current administration, but the administrations that preceded it, and lead a great national campaign to achieve energy security for America,” McCain says in the ad, followed by these words across the screen: “End the federal moratorium on drilling,” “Clean technologies” and “Energy Security.”

 John McCain has flip flopped on the Bush tax cuts and claims he now supports them, this is bullshit. How can John McCain possibly be for lower taxes when he is in favor of “going green” which is nothing but an attempt to install what I believe will be the largest tax increase on the American people in history? How can he be for smaller government when all that “going green” will accomplish is bigger government with more restrictions? 

John McCain is trying to play to the far left eonviro-nazis. He feels that he needs to pander to the left wing in order to gain the votes that he needs to become president. There is one problem with this tactic though, in my opinion. He is pushing away any remaining conservatives who will hold their nose and vote for him.

 While Obama can pander to the right and not worry about losing his base I don’t believe that McCain has the same luxury. John McCain is on thin ice with conservatives who still want to vote for him not because they like him but because Obama is such an unacceptable option to them. This may push them away. 

 As I wrote earlier it is nothing new for candidates to move to the center in a general election, but this seems different. Both candidates have moved beyond center, and it is still early in this contest.

 It is going to be interesting to see how far each candidate will move to either the left or right in an effort to win votes.

If the early examples are any barometer we could be in for an interesting election.

Unfortunately, we are fucked no matter who wins.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2008 9:23 pm

    I agree. Whoever wins, we are screwed.

    You know, there is a reason I read liberal sites. I learn alot from them. And you are dead-on when you write

    “Barack Obama knows that there is no way in hell that any far leftist will ever abandon him so he is free to expound on family values, welfare reform, and lower taxes without fearing repercussions from his constituents. He knows that he can pretend he is for lower taxes and family values and he won’t lose his base because they know the truth.”

    Ever read the Daily Kos? One of the most liberal sites I read. There’s very good info on there about what our reps/senators/govt officials are doing but you’d be ASTOUNDED at the number of Obama apologists/Obama can do no wrong people on there.

    These people will vote for him NO MATTER WHAT! Obama can take away our rights. They say “he had to in order to win the election.” Obama can be as vague as he wants with all his “change” business, and people will weep at his “eloquence.” Very few politicians have made me so uneasy. I was firmly against him, then intrigued, then interested,then optimistic, then turned off. I do not like feeling “played.”

    I don’t know if you saw the article the NYTimes wrote about his books. There was an interesting comment in that article about one of his books that has stuck with me:

    ““The book is so literary,” said Arnold Rampersad, a professor of English at Stanford University who teaches autobiography and is the author of a recent biography of Ralph Ellison. “It is so full of clever tricks — inventions for literary effect — that I was taken aback, even astonished. But make no mistake, these are simply the tricks that art trades in, and out of these tricks is supposed to come our realization of truth.””

    This man is more clever than many people think. He is using people and his “charisma” to sway people heart’s and get them to stop using their heads.

    McCain tries to do this, he’s just not as good.


  2. jennica permalink
    June 25, 2008 9:23 pm

    they’re both shifting towards the other side? i bet the people over at the mill would like to see that


  3. June 25, 2008 9:24 pm

    sorry, I don’t know how ntcen got to my name portion. I use that mainly on tech related sites 🙂


  4. June 26, 2008 1:41 am

    McCain will have an easier time goign to the middle than Obama will. I dont know if it will be enough though.


  5. Deb permalink
    June 26, 2008 7:51 am

    Yes we are. (f**ked no matter who wins) Obama I can see doing this. But McCain? WTF? First the car battery thing, now this? Is he really just pandering, or this a setup b/c he does believe in bigger government? To me, it seems like he is just making it look like the “green” thing is just a bandwagon, a “fad” as the “kids” use to say. Like, crazy, man. Can you dig it? It’s pretty dumb, makes him look like even more of an “old codger” than he actually is. Well, I guess it might be worth it if he put all this BS up front and snuck around & like I don’t know, closed the borders?


  6. Project Openletter permalink
    June 28, 2008 12:34 pm

    I’m not even going to respond to any points you tried to make about Obama directly, because I’d be tossed aside as an Obama apologist. Just remember, you can say whatever you want about how scary he is or bad for the country… whatever.

    I’m more scared about McCain by far. I’m scared for the rest of the year while we continue to have King George. You all think I’m crazy for that. Fine. I think you’re crazy too.

    Posts that attack and name call are useless. We get it, Rah! Rah! Conservatives. Liberals are evil, useless, liars. Whatever.


  7. Project Openletter permalink
    June 28, 2008 12:35 pm


    First, spelling error.

    Second, highly offensive. So people who care about the environment are tantamount to an organization that slaughtered innocent people? Offensive. It does nothing but make you look like an ass.


  8. June 28, 2008 7:27 pm

    The term isn’t meant to describe people who care about the environment. I care about the environment. The term applies to people, mostly politicians, but also to some of the more radical environmentalists, who want to take away freedoms by banning many activities such as sitting in your car while it is running, BBQ’s, banning drive throughs at restaurants, banning fireplaces in houses, controlling your house’s temperature by remote control, banning the lightbulb and plastic bags, claims that obese people are to blame for global warming as well as population control being needed to stop global warming. I have written about all of these topics before.
    I hope you will not be too critical of my grammer or punctuaion in that last sentence, my point is that the radicals are trying to use this issue as a way to dictate how we can live our lives, and with all of the proposed solutions to this “problem” including many new taxes it will be very easy to control our behavior, we won’t have any money to do anything anyway.

    From, definition #3:
    Nazi, a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to control a specified activity, practice, etc.

    In fairness it does say that this definition is sometimes offensive.


  9. Project Openletter permalink
    June 29, 2008 1:02 am

    Always offensive.

    Comparing environmentalists, radical or otherwise, or any other group for that matter to the Nazi’s is offensive. Simply saying “radical environmentalists” would’ve sufficed.


  10. June 29, 2008 8:23 pm

    Point well taken. One if the things that I have found most offensive is when Dick Durbin compaired our troops at GITMO to the Soviet gulags and Pol Pot and here I am using the same type if rhetoric.


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