Clearly he isn't any different, the numbers say it all. It's hard to argue with cold hard numbers. That kind of voting record isn't representative of a "maverick" but rather of a lock-step Georgie Bush team player.
So by all means vote for McSame if you liked the last 8 years because if McSame is elected then it will be the greatest hits from the Bush years. Four more years? Shed more tears.
Now, on the V.P. selection front:I've been really thinking more and more that Chris Dodd would be a great Vice-Presidential pick for Obama. He is seasoned and has critical economic experience that is so important in this election year. Ron Goldstein says best:
There is a perception that Senator Obama has no record of notoriety on any matters deemed "economy", what better person to share Senator Obama's ticket than the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, the preeminent legislator in the forefront of the mortgage banking crises that precipitated our current recession woes. More than any other legislator in Washington, Chris Dodd knows where to find the keys to steer us out of our perilous economic problems. In addition that shock of white hair that Senator Dodd so proudly displayed in the early primaries would help to counter the inexperience label Senator Obama wears wherever he goes especially in contrast to the well-seasoned Senator McCain. Senator Dodd's prowess not only lies in economic issues but also extends to foreign policy as well as crafting significant domestic legislation. Loyalty is also a plus and Senator Dodd was the first ex-candidate to endorse Senator Obama, and he has worked tirelessly on the stump for Senator Obama to enthusiastic crowds.TPJ: Besides Dodd I'm rethinking Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City. He IS "Mr. Economy" and is a popular Independent who can appeal to many swing voters. Plus, he could possibly help Obama shore up the Jewish vote. The down side is that he doesn't give a geographic advantage to the Obama campaign as New York is a reliable Democratic state. That all being said, it might not matter in this election with the economy on everyone's minds. I hope the Obama campaign is looking closely at these two.
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