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That’s not change, that’s more of the same

Posted by Thomas Nephew on August 28th, 2008

I’m trying very hard to get with the program and root for the home team and everything. And in fits and starts, the star attractions at the Democratic Convention in Denver are starting to make the case why I should: McCain has morphed into Bush in both politics and campaign style, and we can’t afford four more years of McSame. Fine, I can buy that. And it looks like between Obama’s nomination, Hillary’s motion to finish up by acclaim, and then Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Joe Biden last night, the punditocracy and blogocracy are agreeing it was a good day for Democrats, party unity, chances in November, etc.

Over at “Obsidian Wings,” publius is very pleased with Kerry in particular, who made a good impression earlier in the day at a panel on the Middle East and then in the convention with a good stemwinder of a speech. For my part, I liked much of Kerry’s speech, especially the parts contrasting Senator McCain and Candidate McCain.  I’ll leave the campaign play by play of it all to others.  As I commented at Obsidian Wings, two things stood out for me.

First, it was unambiguously great to hear a major American politician say, on prime-time TV,

President Obama and Vice President Biden will shut down Guantanamo, respect the Constitution, and make clear once and for all, the United States of America does not torture, not now, not ever.

Second, it was distinctly less great to hear him claim, 30 seconds or so earlier,

Iran is defiantly chasing [nuclear weapons].

Not according to the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran last December, they’re not. As loyal readers know, this claim is unfortunately also baked right in to the Democratic platform, giving the go-ahead for Senators Evan Bayh and Jay Rockefeller to repeat it as well.

For all that I strongly approved of much of what was said last night, I’m very uneasy about and disappointed with high level, allegedly serious Democrats catapulting the propaganda like this.  If they know something the national intelligence community doesn’t, they should say so.  Meanwhile; it’s insidious in much the same way that the baseless claims about Iraqi WMD were insidious.  As another speaker (and another Iraq AUMF “yea” vote) put it last night, albeit with a different target: that’s not change, that’s more of the same.

2 Responses to “That’s not change, that’s more of the same”

  1. eRobin Says:

    I feel your pain. I liked Rep. Patrick Murphy’s speech but at the end of it he was all about getting out of Iraq and getting deeper into Afghanistan. Just nuts. We’re a war mongering country – there’s no getting around it.

  2. eRobin Says:

    And tangentially related: I can’t stand hearing Biden talking about the travails of the working guy when he was behind that barriers to bankruptcy bill. I’m not going to get over that.

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