The John McCain Fantasy Express

John McCain has laid out the future history of his presidency. Most troops will be out of Iraq by 2013, “there still has not been a major terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001,” bin Laden will have been captured, Iran and North Korea will terminate their nuclear programs, we will experience “robust economic growth,” health care will be “more accessible to more Americans than at any other time in history,” Social Security will be fixed, there will be mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the borders will be secure, and presumably all other problems will be solved.

John McCain has clearly given up on straight talk as he promises such outcomes while avoiding talk of the solutions. As ridiculous as this is, Democrats must not just laugh at all this and ignore the challenge. Voters care about the vision presented by the candidates. Voters want the candidate who offers the shining city upon a hill.

Democrats are correct in pointing out the lack of real plans to accomplish these goals, but if they are to impress the voters this will not be enough. Democrats might present their laundry list of specific policy plans, but they also must present their own vision. If they fail to do so, McCain will control the narrative of the campaign and likely win.

Fortunately the Democrats have rejected the candidate who would scare away voters with promises of an ever bigger nanny state and plans that only a big government junkie could love. Democrats have rejected Clinton and have chosen Barack Obama, the candidate who can do even better than this attempt by John McCain to inspire the voters to support him.

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    Matthew Rutledge says:

    McCain is obviously trying to seperate himself from Bush in any way possible, especially since Bush’s “disapproval” rating is the highest in modern history. Apparently higher than even Nixon’s. He’s just hoping noone bothers really thinking about what he says and just agrees with him. THe problem is there is a certain percentage of the population that will say “that sounds pretty good, lets vote for him,” even if he is just blowing a lot of hot air.

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