A Slash and Burn Campaign?

I suspect that we may be seeing a new — or at least exaggeratedly mean tit for tat political campaign — now emerging. Both McCain and Obama are serious about winning this election. On most issues they stand poles apart so that we are facing some sort of winner take all situation which will shape national policies for the foreseeable future. McCain does, indeed, seem to have adopted Bush policies that favor the rich at the cost of the rest of us — cut Social Security and Medicare, not the taxes of the super rich?

The warnings of an ugly assault policy are widespread such as Paul Krugman’s column today:

OP-ED COLUMNIST
Rove’s Third Term
By PAUL KRUGMAN
The Wesley Clark affair revealed something important about
John McCain. Now we know what a McCain administration would represent: namely, a third term for Karl Rove.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/04/opinion/04krugman.html?th&emc=th

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McCain comes on as Mr. Nice Old Guy, but remember that he is (by marriage) a many times over multi millionaire who needs not worry about the details of surviving life in a financially crippled nation such as we are facing today.

I think I am going to build up a list of positions of these guys so that I and others are not simply duped by a combination of personal charm and the usual media distortions and manipulation business in pursuit of ratings.

Anyone with suggestions is much appreciated and I will pass them along.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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