Senator Barack Obama’s attempts to tie his opponent Senator John McCain to President George Bush could not have been better realized than by the great McCain himself. Today, McCain all but morphed into George Bush before our eyes. Watch as he gloats over his mission accomplished and disparages Obama in the process.
Of course, as in the case of his doppelganger Bush, the mission was not accomplished. The House today failed to pass the Wall Street bailout bill upon which the near term health of our economy depends. In addition to accusing Obama of “watching from the sidelines”, he later chastised Obama for “phoning it in”. Interestingly, throughout the weekend, McCain “monitored the situation” by phone. Who does he think he is fooling? Clearly, McCain outdid himself today when it came to impersonating George Bush.
While we’re on the subject of the President, I am reminded today of an old fable. Why should we be surprised at the outcome of today’s vote?
“Iraq has WMD’s.”
“We will be greeted as liberators.”
“Iraq is the center of the war on terror (i.e. those guys who attacked us on 9/11)”
“If we don’t pass this bill, there will be dire consequences for our economy.”
The first three paraphrases of Bush assertions turned out to be lies. So is it any wonder that when the boy cries wolf again concerning our economy, even his own party fails to heed the call? Unfortunately, as in the fable, this time the assertion is not a lie and ordinary citizens will have to pay the price if something is not done soon.
All in all, it’s been a banner day for the Republicans. One of their leaders wakes up from his delusions too late to have any credibility and the other leader is so immersed in his own delusions (of grandeur) that he does not even realize that he is not a leader at all.