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Like a Breast of Fresh Hair


John McCain supporters loved it when he turned to That One and said: "Sen. Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago. I'm going to give a new direction to this economy and this country."

From then on, John McCain spent the night proving himself wrong.

As we say here in Banjo Country, "Good-looking, but not too bright."

Gotta give McCain credit, though. He could have turned to Barack Obama and said at Hofstra University: "I know George W. Bush. George W. Bush was a friend of mine. And, senator, I'm no George W. Bush." Good to know he has his wits about him.

A new generation of voters is learning about temperament, leadership and integrity as part of the great civics lesson that is the 2008 presidential race. People are learning about the volatility of markets, the vulnerable dollar, and that our government has to borrow from China to pay the Saudis and so on.

The closer we get to Election Day the more people are learning how much like Dubya that John McCain really is.

That's not the scary part; the scary part comes if he wins and America is led by another incurious president and ambitious vice president who know right from wrong but would choose wrong every time.

McCain supports Dubya's agenda, as Obama reminded us during the debate when he said, "If I occasionally have mistaken your policies for George W. Bush's policies, it is because on the core economic issues that matter to the American people, on tax policy, on energy policy, on spending priorities, you have been a vigorous supporter of President Bush."

McCain is even starting to act and talk like Dubya. The mischievous smirk, the snickering, the whole body language disconnected from reality thing — it's all there.

Like Dubya, McCain also laughs when nothing is funny. McCain did so at Hofstra after Obama explained why John Lewis was upset about the anti-Obama chants of "terrorist" and "kill him" at McCain-Palin rallies.

McCain also gets tongue-tied like Dubya.

At the debate, McCain called Sarah Palin a "bresh of freth air." Thankfully, he didn't call Palin, who licks her lips and winks from the stump, "a breast of fresh hair." He did introduce her to America as his "soul mate."

Like Dubya, McCain invents his own reality. That's why he calls Palin "a reformer," even after a state ethics probe into the Troopergate scandal showed the governor violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. After the report, Palin then showed faulty logic when she claimed it vindicated her.

At Hofstra, McCain claimed to be "disappointed" that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson didn't make middle-class Americans a priority in the bailout. Yet McCain, just like Obama, signed the bipartisan compromise that then was taken to Paulson for consideration and signed by the president.

McCain World is like Bush World, a fantasy. It's where McCain pretends his fingerprints aren't all over that bailout — which, by the way, has more pork than an Iowa hog farm, certainly more than Paulson intended. So what did McCain mean at the debate when he said, "We'll cut out all the pork"?

You can tell that McCain is just itching to declare himself The Decider, which can only mean that neocons in his campaign are grumbling about Old Europe and how to divide the spoils from the next oil war.

What Michael Kinsley wrote about George W. Bush in "Slate's Field Guide to the Candidates 2004" could be said of John McCain in 2008.

"The characteristic Bush II form of dishonesty is to construct an alternate reality on some topic and to regard anyone who objects to it as a sniveling dweeb obsessed with 'nuance,'" Kinsley wrote in 2002. "If the truth was too precious to waste on politics for Bush I and a challenge to overcome for Clinton, for our current George Bush it is simply boring and uncool. Bush II administration lies are often so laughably obvious that you wonder why they bother. Until you realize: They haven't bothered. If telling the truth was less bother, they'd try that too."

Sound familiar? You betcha!

Rhonda Chriss Lokeman ( is a contributing editor to The Kansas City Star. To find out more about Rhonda Chriss Lokeman and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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I have a question. Where do those of us fit in who actually like President Bush, agree with his policies, and would like to see more of the same? I really would like someone to explain to me what would be wrong with four more years of tax cuts, dead terrorists, and other forms of decisive & principled leadership.
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Posted by: Matt
Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:37 PM
Re: Matt; Sir,...In answer to your question: Look about you.... The past of America's greatest moments are still before us has become: lookout!, Here comes another great depression... The past leads inevitably to the future, especially for those without the wits to get out of the way... It was stupid to fight against Islam on foreign shores, but that only cost billions and a few thousand American lives... Every republican has more lives than a cat, but the ones they throw away or ruin never belong to them.... I wonder, given our Abbu Gareb, our Guantonimo Bay torture institution, our domestic surveilence, our use of threats and firings to enforce political will at the justice department what you would call unprincipaled leadership... Sure it was decisive, but ill concieved. Fools rush in and take the nation along for the ride... Was there a better way??? Sure, but one only open to democracy... Those people could not touch us until we invited them in. And then we decided to go there to make targets of ourselves... Never let your enemy have the choice of battlefield, or let your dead head president have his way... Try to remember that if we were a democracy, we would always play defense... That is what democracies are: Defensive Forms of Relationship. When our rich demand that the country defend their interests, and do not pay for the privilage; we go broke... When we live on short wages and no hope, while the rich get richer, until we have to depend upon credit, we are a shot market for all we produce, which is not much... I am afraid you are going to find your world changing... I want you to be prepared for some changes... If you like your world as it is you may be disappointed... In a few months or a year, you may be cursing the name of Bush, and seeing him for a fool... I don't think you could have found anyone to be president so bent on doing everything wrong, pissing away our money, and military strength, and lives, and generally convincing many in the world that we will never improve, and cannot be trusted... There are many bad people in the world...We only empower them by acting stupid... Follow your leader sir. Consider it as an intelligence test... Thanks...Sweeney
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Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:23 PM
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