McCain picks up 'change' motif

McCain picks up 'change' motif

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 5, 2008, titled McCain picks up 'change' motif. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

CEDARBURG, Wis. - Can a Republican candidate be a change candidate in an anti-Republican election year? With an incumbent GOP president facing very low approval ratings after two terms, that's exactly what Sen.

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Hilary Smith

Isleton, CA

#1 Sep 6, 2008
Americans are tired of fighting. We're tired of seeking out conflicts so we'll have an excuse to give huge tax-payer funded contracts to our buddies. We're tired of it. We’re tired of hearing how scary the world is when our trade policies are immediately responsible for the scariness. Working class people are tired of working harder for less because we’re terrified of losing our jobs. The real fight is here at home but John McCain doesn’t know how to pick his battles. Republicans don’t know how to pick their battles. They’re like untamed animals. Everything is a threat. How does this behavior help to advance American progress?
Obamacan Woman

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Sep 6, 2008
Ronald Reagan would support the Obama/Biden Ticket. Both had inspiring messages for America.

Like Obama Reagan never would have got us into Iraq.

A people free to choose will always choose peace. Ronald Reagan - Quoie

Who is running the McCain Campaign? Schmit and Rove! So McCain equals a third Bush Term. McCain said a few weeks ago the economy is fine. Now less then six weeks to Nov 4th hes Mr Change?

His VP will go down in history as the first VP candidate on a ticket Presidential ticket to never take questions from the Press to answer questions about issues voters are concerned about. She will not be on meet the Press or any media shows doing interviews except for Fox News and this is the most important election in our lifetime.

Facts are stubborn things.
Ronald Reagan Quote

Yes Obama is liked Reagan. Reagan would have liked Obama too.

Change we can believe in.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Warren, MI

#3 Sep 6, 2008

Alaska state jet didn't fly on eBay
Skep Tackle

Chicago, IL

#4 Sep 6, 2008
If you believe in the McCain/Palin ticket I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you!!

Change...Mcbush is not capable of change.
Hey...Isn't the "Change" theme Obama's platform!
Another original idea brought to you by the GOP!

Since: Oct 07

United States

#5 Sep 6, 2008
Quick Review of Themes:
Bush in 00 – Bring Respect Back to the White House. This was believable. Bush wins on a technicality.

Bush in 04 – Fear. This worked well for the Republicans, but mismanagement of the war undermines using this theme again.

McCain in 08 – Change. This is not believable. McCain IS Washington. Pailn is an outsider. Outside does not equal change. Pailn politics are as old as Pat Robertson, Ronald Regan, and the Evangelical Right.

It is pretty sad to see the Republicans campaigning against Washington under the flag of Change. They ARE Washington. It smacks of desperation and lack of creativity. This will not work.

United States

#6 Sep 6, 2008
"some seek change to further a career - others seek career to further change". Nobody should have a monopoly on use of the word change. It depends more on context.
Scott Free

Manteno, IL

#7 Sep 6, 2008
I'm up to here with "Change"! Look at all the things that George Bush (with whom McCain voted something over 90 percent of the time) changed in his seven years:

- he changed a budget surplus into the biggest deficit in history

- he changed millions of Americans from workers into unemployed

- he's in the process of changing millions of Americans from homeowners into homeless

- he's changed our economy from First World (built on manufacturing, technology, R&D) into Third World (built on government, waitressing and bartending--sorry, folks, but that's where the only "growth" has been during the Bush years)

- he changed this country from the world's moral leader to a pariah

- he changed many thousands of Iraqis and American soldiers into dead people

I'm fed up with "Change." And when I hear McCain talk about "Change," what I hear is more of the same "Change." No thanks.

Chicago, IL

#8 Sep 6, 2008
Go to , type in "Republican Family Values", and click 'I'm Feeling Lucky'.

United States

#9 Sep 6, 2008
'We've been really bad! Therefore, vote for us!'

Give me a break, that's like something out of Wondeland. If you fall for it, your 'rewards' will be served in ever larger piles.

Counter the conservative media!
Dave from Fox Valley

United States

#10 Sep 6, 2008
The Repubs looked around and realized the People wanted change and were advancing Obama as that agent of change, so they jumped on the bandwagon. Very cynical and calculated, just like their VP pick. It's going to be a tough sell to the country, for McSame is now not suddenly going to buck the biggest special iterest group in the country--the military and the companies that profit from war. The McSame/Palin ticket IS a bridge to nowhere!
John McCain

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 6, 2008
"Picked up change motif?" Hey, let's tell it like it is, let's straight talk. I STOLE it. I don't have a new idea in my head, so I steal ideas that my advisors tell me will "play" with average Americans.

You Americans have no idea, still, that the GOP (Greedy Old Perverts, ha ha ha!!!) IS the party of the elite! We favor the rich, and that's why the rich have gotten richer and the rest of you have gotten poorer over the past 8 years. Fooled YA!

We should all win Oscars, because we can act better than Bard Pitt and Angelina Jolie! We act like we're just good 'ol boys (and gals) you'd like to have a beer with, when we really can't stand the taste and would rather be swigging Glenfiddich and Jim Beam back in our compounds of Kennebunkport (where the Bush family has their "traditional" family retreat--the Bush family was big in Connecticut politics, don't forget) and Scottsdale.

I'm rich, my pals are rich, and we're lovin it. Money money money!!!!
Bret Favre

Cary, IL

#12 Sep 6, 2008
How can we expect "change" from the Republicans when their VP candidate won't even acknowledge the issue of climate change? She was Mayor of the town that for years and years had been the starting point of the Iditarod sled dog race - that is, until 2002 when it lost that distinction due to their "declining snow" problem. To have her not be able to notice the sudden lack of snow, in a town with nothing else going on there, would be like the Mayor of Green Bay not noticing that the Packer franchise had left for another city.
Dave from Fox Valley

United States

#13 Sep 6, 2008
One thing Obama will do now is define "change," and ask McCain to do the same. McCain will squirm when Obama uses the very points in the good comment above by Scott Free as talking points during the debate to define Republican "change" as cynical pandering to get elected at literally any costs, after a party record of eight years of slipping into a deepening and spreading quagmire. Also, Obamacan Woman above makes the great point that the McSame campaign is run by Schmidt and Rove, so it's not really about change at all, "McCain equals," in her words, "a third Bush Term." Well said...

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