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McCain: I’ll Be So Different From Bush that I’ll Continue All His Policies

By Matthew Yglesias

"McCain: I’ll Be So Different From Bush that I’ll Continue All His Policies"

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Here’s some jibberish from John McCain as reported by Martin & Allen:

“I don’t have any need to show that I’m different than President Bush,” McCain said when asked if he’d take any steps after being elected to demonstrate where he’d diverge from his predecessor.

Look, sure, McCain isn’t under any moral obligation to demonstrate difference from President Bush. But if he intends to pursue substantially the same policies as President Bush, then he has no right to react angrily when his political opponents say he’ll pursue substantially the same policies as President Bush. But he does react angrily. But if he’s going to be indignant about the idea that he’ll pursue Bush-like policies, then he should be able to name some policy areas in which he intends to pursue substantially different policies. But I’ve been listening to what McCain says about taxes, about Social Security, about health care, about drilling, about Iraq, etc. and I don’t see many areas in which he intends to follow a dramatically different course. And he can’t name any such areas either.

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