It’s surprising to me that, after the fiasco that was the Bush Administration, a Republican candidate can be taken seriously in the United States. In showing that Americans have learned very little from the past eight years, it looks like John McCain actually has a chance at winning the Presidency. What will this mean? In short, more of the same. ProgressiveMediaUSA provides some statistics in an article titled John McShame:
CQ’s Presidential Support numbers do not include votes that legislators miss – in other words, missing a vote on an issue Bush supported did not lower McCain’s score. Now, it is a well known fact that Senator McCain misses the most votes in the Senate. In fact, he was crowned the most absent Senator in 2008. Therefore, when John McCain even bothered to show up and vote in the Senate – which wasn’t often – he voted with Bush 100% of the time.
John McCain and George Bush believe the same things on virtually every issue – the list of their agreements goes on for pages. But a better judge of a politician’s views is not how he talks, but how he votes. John McCain – when it counted and when he showed up in the Senate to do his job in 2008 – never deviated from George Bush’s position. Not once. 100%.
I hope no one needs to ask why siding with Bush is disastrous. Keep in mind that this guy believes in creationism, has given numerous tax cuts to the rich and is practically owned by private interest lobbyists. He unapologetically wages war based on manufactured evidence, cares little about the environment and seems completely ignorant of our economy and its direction. Bush believes in faith-based programs and that God talks to him personally. He is generally regarded by historians as either the worst President in U.S. history (most others rank him second worst).
McCain has quite a legacy to support here. Of course, the real blame should go to American Republicans. I wonder: What more would this party have to do to the U.S. in order to for the electorate to ask for some kind of accountability? Smaller empires have crumbled under far less strain.