John McCain's campaign is transparently hypocritical when it criticizes Barack Obama for his support for income redistribution, Jazz Shaw wrote at The Moderate Voice (themoderatevoice.com). "McCain's issues platform calls for a plan to fix Social Security which still involves collecting money from people, including the wealthy, and redistributing it to poor people, many of whom will pay no taxes at all. McCain has a health-care plan which will collect money from people, including the wealthy who can afford their own health insurance, and redistribute it in the form of $5,000 cheques to poor people without such coverage, many of whom will pay no taxes...McCain continues to tolerate and support a progressive tax system...which will collect a larger amount of money from people who earn more and deposit those funds into a federal system which will, in some cases, redistribute some of those funds to Americans who earn less money."
PALIN VS. MCCAIN: IT'S 'WAR'
The rift between McCain and running mate Sarah Palin has become "unmissable," wrote conservative Obama supporter Andrew Sullivan (andrewsullivan.com). "I think it's now fair to say it's a war. My view is that after the McCain peeps had made that crazy decision (to select Palin) and realized after the fact what they had on their hands, they put their best face on it. They knew that the normal rules for a veep – a press conference, full media accessibility, airing of all the biographical details – would have required the candidate to quit before November. So they tried to shield her from actual democracy – a dangerous decision for the rest of us, but a rational, cynical decision for a campaign running a delusional liar as the potential next president of the U.S. Palin of course, lives in her own little, somewhat nutty, world and now believes her manifest destiny has been thwarted."