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Is A Vote for Obama a Vote for Bush?

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Posted on CNN.com is this very thought-provoking article by Deputy Editor of the Washington Times (and former senior adviser to the Republican National Committee) Tara Wall comparing twenty of Obama’s positions on the issues vs. those of George W. Bush.

Wall’s most interesting revelations come when comparing Obama and Bush’s social viewpoints. Obama comes out looking decidedly socially-conservative, based on his opposition to gay marriage (although he believes in civil unions for same-sex couples) and his deep Christian faith.

Liberal Obama supporters might be disturbed to see their candidate sharing so many viewpoints with Bush. It turns out that Bush isn’t a completely bad guy after all; in fact, The Messiah (Obama) and Bush share a common interest in noble pursuits such as education reform and fighting the global AIDS epidemic.

Although there may be a surprising amount of similarities between the two, it should be noted that on important issues such as the Iraq War and upper-class tax cutes, they stand very far apart. For Bush, this argument works a lot like Oliver Stone’s new movie, “W.” (which has received good-but-not-great reviews so far) – it shows that he is completely awful man, despite what his detractors might say. For Obama, this argument implies that he is not the “most liberal senator,” as he was dubbed by the National Journal. This show of moderation, even downright conservatism, might surprise and perhaps sway some moderate-conservatives who find themselves in the Independent corner this election season.

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Written by acs2008

October 14, 2008 at 4:10 am

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  1. I could see it being a vote for Bush if Obama’s opponent were a Nader-DeGeneres ticket, but it’s not. Obama is clearly more socially liberal than McCain–and certainly Palin. McCain supported legislation in his own state that RESTRICTED rights to gay and lesbian couples. Palin is against abortion in cases of rape.

    Thomas

    October 14, 2008 at 5:06 am

  2. Ha I found your blog. I’ll have to subscribed now.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the moving “W.” this weekend!

    Kelley Bruce Robinson

    October 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm


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