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Equivocation

Posted by alifinmath on February 20, 2008

From the FT:

John McCain has accused Barack Obama of “Washington double-speak” for equivocating over whether he would accept public campaign financing in November’s presidential election.

Mr McCain is known for his dislike of fundraising and he has been a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform on Capitol Hill.

Echoing criticism by Hillary Clinton, Mr McCain has portrayed Mr Obama as a great orator whose inspirational words mask an underlying lack of substance. “I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change,” he said on Tuesday.

Amen to that. As most of my readers doubtless know, my sympathies are socialist. But faced with such a ghastly choice — McCain, Hillary, Obama — I’d choose McCain (though truth be told, the choice is usually ghastly). The Democrats don’t deserve to win. Democratic Party = brutal capitalism with a “I feel your pain” veneer. On foreign policy they are no different: a military-industrial state coupled with military adventurism. On domestic economic policy, they’ve got their heads ensconced up their a$$es just as much as the Republicans. So it stands to reason all the campaign rhetoric is going to be completely hollow (nothing new under the sun). Last time around, Nader called the Democrats “clueless, spineless, gutless”: how true.

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