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Coming on the heels of his proposal to have the government buy up individual mortgages and his vote to provide the government with funds for massive intervention in the financial sector, [John McCain]'s complaints against redistribution rang hollow. He repeatedly tried to pretend that funneling hundreds of biUions of taxpayer dollars to financial institutions was somehow less socialistic than his opponent's questionable tax subsidy proposals. His last-minute flailing was not the main cause of McCain's defeat, but it was representative of the fundamental flaw in modern RepubUcan governance that deprived traditional attacks against Democrats of theU force and paved the way for a historic Uberai victory.Instead of representing Middle American voters, the McCain campaign offered a series of symboUc panders m the selection of Sarah PaUn as the vice presidential nomme and the hyping of a certain plumber who shall remain nameless. Like the administration to which he has been so closely aligned and the party establishment to which he belongs, McCain offered Uttle Ui the way of meaningful proposals. His running mate's enthusiastic class warfare notwithstanding, McCaUi was unable to bring himseU to utter the phrase "middle class" during primetime debates.
We Are All Socialists Now Daniel Larison American Conservative; Nov 17, 2008; 7, 22; Docstoc pg. 27 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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