Andy Triple-A at Residual Forces this morning analyzed the final presidential debate of '08. Calling it a draw, or depending on which side you favor a victory, is legit. But then he goes afar on a tangent, so consider this a view I read and accept as truly felt, but not one I can embrace, accept, or view as at all close to reality:
Depending on who pays the pundit analyzing lastnight’s debate you are listening to, their guy won. As a conservative, I will admit it probably was a draw. Obama once again proved he can talk his way out of quicksand.
McCain, while missing a few hanging curves, had his best debate yet. He did help define the stark differences between him and Obama. Obama did not deny that he is a socialist. He doubled down and reiterated that he does want to redistribute wealth.
One of the best comebacks by McCain was how he said that the last time a President put forth protectionist policies and raised taxes during a recession, like Obama promises to do, was Hoover and it threw us into the Great Depression.
McCain also accomplished another key thing. He finally called out Obama on the Bush meme, by saying he should have run last time if he hated him so much. My opinion is that Bush’s approval rating being so low is a manufactured media mission. Bush came to Washington with his misguided, but honest “new tone”. He tried to work across the isle. He tried to work with Democrats and compromise to get things done.
Democrats used Bush’s willingness to compromise to drag him left, but they never gave him credit and instead attacked. The media, as is their first instinct, took what Democrats said and repeat it as scripture. And then Americans dislike Bush and Republicans, when we aren’t getting our own satisfaction.
Bush was a moderate President in whole. Yes, he was conservative on many issues, but he was liberal on many others. Conservatives and Republicans are unhappy with the Bush administration for his work on the left side of the spectrum, liberals and Democrats are upset over his time working on the right side. In the end, the media should have put aside its bias, and done its job to explain this.
Think of it this way. Everyone disapproves of Congress, but the average Joe’s love their own member of Congress.
Bush was a big government, big spending, tax cutting, strong on defense President - which translates to a moderate legacy in my opinion. If the hyper partisan media wasn’t so determined to right, what they feel was, the stolen 2000 election, the public would understand the Bush Presidency. But instead, they pour fuel on the fire.
Democrats like Obama should be grateful for the Bush Presidency. No seriously, he gave ground on some core conservative issues. Ground that would never have been up for grabs had Bush been the conservative he is accused of being. Bush, by working on these issues, gave them credibility and some of them will be nearly impossible to undo.
I think Democrats are so disingenuous and dangerous. They will say and do anything to get power.
Now Republicans who would rather have had the Bush Presidency done a little differently have done a terrible job helping to correct the media disinformation. Congressional Republicans went along with Bush too long. Now, don’t misquote me here, it wasn’t that they should have surrendered and joined the Democrats in undercutting the President. To the contrary, they should have fought Bush on spending, entittlements, and the growth of Government.
With the Democrats increasingly being taken over by the fringe left socialists, there was a wide open opportunity to reign in Government.
McCain is not Bush, far from it. in fact he was a thorn in the side of Bush on many things. Now he wasn’t someone fighting from the right, but he was not a rubberstamp.
Now sure, Bush has made some mistakes. Every President makes mistakes. The Domestic ones, in my opinion, were because he worked against conservative principles and for Democratic ones in order to bridge the partisan divide.
It makes me wonder if Coleman shares all this feeling or if he just changed parties for the free suits.