Saturday, September 13, 2008

Power corrupts

The Republicans are showing the dangersous aspect of being in power: how people tend to change into whatever it takes to stay in power. The Republicans are throwing away numerous principles in order to have a chance, now a good chance to win this election. John McCain has lost his integrity.

McCain has played liberal gender-identity politics.
McCain has played the P.O.W. card that he insisted he never would.
McCain has reversed long held principled policy positions, going whichever way he thought would help.
McCain has run a dishonest campaign even after promising to change the way elections are fought.

...and so on.

At this point, there aren't any issues on the domestic agenda that any voter could reasonably be sure where the Republicans would stand firm. Whether it's taxes, spending, the environment, affirmative action, abortion rights, etc.

Democrats are in a tough position right now because we are running against a party that is willing to throw everything away to stay in power. If they need to be right-wing, centrist, or left-wing McCain and the Republicans will do it.

Democrats should calm down and define themselves as being willing to do what's in America's best interest regardless of the politics. We should be sure that what we propose is responsible, and then fight for it.

In the campaign, Democrats need to develop a plan that advances an accurate narrative of McCain and the Republicans and maintain it for the last 2 months. Hit hard and hit often.

Senator Obama shouldn't answer any more charges leveled at him. Sure they can put out emails and staffers. But on the Presidential level, answer an attack, by a completely different attack, and force the media and the McCain people to answer our charges.

We need to demonstrate in this campaign that we can protect the country. The easiest way to do that is to stay aggressive and put potential enemies on defense. Obama should use his campaign as a proving ground.

Craig Farmer
making the word "liberal" safe again!

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