I didn’t catch my of John McCain’s speech at the GOP convention last night, but I did hear some highlights this morning. The whole “change” meme, coming from someone whose party has been in charge for most of the last eight year (c’mon, name one thing the Dems did in the last two years that the GOP didn’t sign off on) and who’s been in Washington for 25 years just seems . . .. Well, I like Tom Shales’s formulation:
He used the word 'change' at least 10 times in his bombastic speech -- the convention's emotional climax -- but since the Republicans have controlled the White House for the past eight years, what does McCain want to change from? And to? It really is an audacious ploy, to tell people that the country's got to correct the mistakes made by a political party when that's the very party you represent.“We’ve so screwed things up, let us have one more chance to fix it.” If I didn’t know better, I’d think the GOP was the abusive husband trying to convince his battered wife that, honestly honey, this time I’ll change!
It's like staging a revolution against yourself -- saying that the Republicans have got to go so the Republicans can move in and clean up the mess.