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Monday, October 27, 2008

McCain's Last-Ditch Argument: Divided Government

I don't have overly much to say about this but McCain's latest gambit, to stoke fears about the evils of a united Obama-Pelosi-Reid Democrat-controlled government, is laughable:

This election comes down to how you want your hard earned money spent. Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future, or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the Presidency and the Democratic leaders who have been running congress for the past two years -- Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? This is a dangerous threesome. They believe that $1 trillion of rescue financing is not enough and have already proposed another $300 billion spending spree they are calling a stimulus plan.

Every time it looks like the polls show Americans about to vote in an Executive/Legislative Democrat diumvirate, the Republicans and the pundit class hem and haw about Americans' phantom concerns about the two political branches of government being in the hands of one party.

The reason why this is a stupid argument for McCain to make in this election?

Hmm, let's think back... Way back into the past...

When was the last time one party held control of the Presidency and the Congress?

That's right, way back in the ancient days of 2000 to 2006!

What exactly is McCain's argument here? This is the only logical thing I could come up with:
"Well, the American people entrusted the Executive and Legislative branches of government to the Republican Party for the first six years of the 21st century... Oops! We all see how badly that went! Let's not do it again!"

Sen. McCain, do you really want us to reflect more precisely on the recklessness, corruption and mismanagement that took place under the six long years of Republican misrule, which the American people are correctly blaming for our current financial crisis?