I’m looking for a website that details and contrasts the American presidential candidates policies without the bias and hyperbole found in most sites I have seen (just the facts jack). There must be someone somewhere with a balanced view on American politics - right?
Does such a site exist or am I doomed to firing up excel and doing it myself (which I will be too lazy to do)?
It’s impartial and fairly comprehensive, but rather than summarizing candidate’s views into a coherent narrative, the site has multiple one line bullet points for each candidate on each issue. I’m sure they’re just trying to avoid any editorializing, but it gets a little tiresome to read. Still, it has what you’re looking for, even if the format is a little unfocused.
The election has taken a nasty turn. This is mainly the Republicans’ fault
AS RECENTLY as a few months ago, it seemed possible to hope that this year’s presidential election would be a civilised affair. Barack Obama and John McCain both represent much that is best about their respective parties. Mr Obama is intelligent, inspiring and appears by instinct to be a consensus-seeking pragmatist. John McCain has always stood for limited, principled government, and has distanced himself throughout his career from the religious ideologues that have warped Republicanism. An intelligent debate about issues of the utmost importance—how America should rebuild its standing in the world, how more Americans could share in the proceeds of growth—seemed an attainable proposition.
It doesn’t seem so now. In the past two weeks, while banks have tottered and markets reeled, the contending Democrats and Republicans have squabbled and lied rather than debated. Mr McCain’s team has been nastier, accusing Mr Obama of sexism for calling the Republican vice-presidential candidate a pig, when he clearly did no such thing. Much nastier has been the assertion that Mr Obama once backed a bill that would give kindergarten children comprehensive sex education. Again, this was a distortion: the bill Mr Obama backed provided for age-appropriate sex education, and was intended to protect children from sex offenders.[/quote]
Ouch! The Economist calling the Republicans out on their lies, and mainly blaming the Republicans for the “nasty turn” the campaign has taken.
[quote]These kinds of slurs seem much more personal, and therefore unpleasant, than the more routine distortions seen on both sides. Team McCain accuses Mr Obama of planning to raise taxes for middle-income Americans (in fact, the Democrat’s plan raises them only for those earning more than $250,000); Mr Obama claims Mr McCain wants to fight in Iraq for 100 years (when the Republican merely agreed that he would gladly keep bases there for that long to help preserve the peace, as in Germany) and caricatures him far too readily as a Bush toady (when Mr McCain’s record as an independent senator has been anything but that).
An issue of life and life
The decision to descend into tactics such as the kindergarten slur shows that America is back in the territory of the “culture wars”, where the battle will be less about policy than about values and moral character. That is partly because Mr Obama’s campaign, perhaps foolishly, chose to make such a big deal of the virtues of their candidate’s character. Most people are more concerned about the alarming state of the economy than anything else; yet the Democrats spent far more time in Denver talking about Mr Obama’s family than his economic policy. The Republicans leapt in, partly because they have a candidate with a still more heroic life story; partly because economics is not Mr McCain’s strongest suit and his fiscal plan is pretty similar to Mr Bush’s; but mostly because painting Mr Obama as an arrogant, elitist, east-coast liberal is an easy way of revving up the Republican Party’s base and what Richard Nixon called the “silent majority” (see article).
The decision to play this election, like that of 2004, as a fresh instalment of the culture wars is disappointing to those who thought Mr McCain was more principled than that. By choosing Sarah Palin as his running-mate he made a cynical tryst with a party base that he has never much liked and that has never much liked him. Mr McCain’s whole candidacy rests on his assertion that these are perilous times that require a strong and experienced commander-in-chief; but he has chosen, as the person who may be a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency, someone who demonstrably knows very little about international affairs or the economy.[/quote]
Ouch! Harsh words on the choice of Palin as VP.
Well that’s a pretty damning indictment from a publication recommended by Chewy and Tigerman. Although Obama doesn’t entirely escape censure, by far the harshest criticism is reserved for McCain and the gutter campaign he has fought-this was before even Palin’s attempts to link Obama and Bill Ayers.
To be fair, I think McCain would consider himself to be pro-life, not anti-choice. Just as Obama probably doesn’t consider himself pro-death.