FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama says America is finally getting some straight talk from John McCain. Obama has long sought to tie Senator McCain to President Bush, and yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press, McCain made it easy for him when he said this about President Bush:
"Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course. But I've stood up against my party-not just President Bush, but others- and I've got the scars to prove it."
Admitting anything "in common" with our current Commander-in-Chief is probably not such a good thing for McCain. President Bush has just a 27 percent approval rating, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll out last week. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they feel bad about how things are going in the country. And over the past eight years, John McCain has supported President Bush 90 percent of the time.
Here’s my question to you: What does John McCain mean when he says he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy of the Republican Party?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
He shares the Republican philosophy of take from the poor and give to the rich. But that’s not re-distribution. Re-distribution is only when you take from the rich to give to the poor.
Richard from U.S. Virgin Islands writes:
McCain just doesn't want to tick off that fanatical portion of the Republican Party. The catch-22 is that he can't win with a comment like this.
It must mean that George Bush is a "maverick".
McCain's shared Republican values are defense of this country against all enemies, value of work ethic, promoting economic growth through investment incentives, being prepared at all times to defend our allies and friends, to prevent the spread of terrorism both overt and subtle, and to not reward those who do not strive to be better. These are the few I can think of right this second.
Essentially it means he shares Bush's view that puts capitalism above humanitarianism. It means that McCain has abandoned every single thing that made him a Maverick and has now conformed to that reckless greed that defines the modern Republican Party. His campaign is every bit as, if not more slimy than Bush's campaign was against him in 2000. In a nutshell, it means that McCain sold his soul for a chance to be president.
Doran from San Francisco, California writes:
The common philosophy of the Republican Party is be divisive, win at all costs, and keep everyone else from succeeding while they look down on the masses. Looks like the maverick, is in step with his party. Shame, shame, shame.
Peter from Long Island, New York writes:
I believe John McCain and George Bush share the same feelings the late, great George Carlin once said: "The rich make all the money, pay none of the taxes. The middle class pay all the taxes, do all of the work. The poor are there...just to scare the crap out of the middle class. Keep them paying taxes."