Friday, August 17, 2012

Romney-Ryan ticket is a flashback to McCain-Palin

I disagree with Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on many policy issues, but I greatly respect him as a politician and a war hero. That is what made the 2008 presidential election so interesting at first: a respected senior senator versus a fresh-faced freshman senator who eloquently spoke of change and hope. And yet, with Senator McCain’s pick of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, he lost scores of votes – and perhaps the election – as the result of a desperate attempt to shore up his conservative credentials.
To the average independent voter trying to decide between Senator McCain and Senator Obama, Governor Palin made the choice clearer. Governor Palin brought a complete lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, an overzealous allegiance to conservative social stances on issues such as abortion and same-sex rights, and a willingness to say whatever, whenever, to rile up the base, no matter how extreme or dangerous those words could have been.

With the announcement of Governor Romney’s presumptive running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, I am beginning to wonder if this election will be 2008 all over again.

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