Friday, October 10, 2008

Republicans Do Some Straight Talking

William Milliken is a man to be admired. That’s good, because Milliken is about as Republican as they come, having been a lifelong party member. But Milliken, who originally backed MCain, is now withdrawing his support as reported by The Grand Rapids Press:

"He is not the McCain I endorsed," said Milliken, reached at his Traverse City home Thursday. "He keeps saying, 'Who is Barack Obama?' I would ask the question, 'Who is John McCain?' because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me.”

Milliken, along with a number of notable Republicans are disgusted with the McCain/Palin campaign that has dissolved into a mudslinging campaign the likes of which have rarely seen before. Milliken continued:

"I'm disappointed in the tenor and the personal attacks on the part of the McCain campaign, when he ought to be talking about the issues."

Milliken is joined by the likes of Lincoln Chaffee, the former US Senator from Rhode Island who says he is voting for Obama and is encouraging other Republicans to do the same. Chaffee, who calls Sarah Palin “totally unqualified” for the post of Vice President says of McCain’s swing to the right:

"That's not my kind of Republicanism. I saw what Bush and Cheney did. They came in with a (budget) surplus and a stable world, and look what's happened now. In eight short years they've taken one peaceful and prosperous world, and they've torn it into tatters."

Other republicans have voiced their concerns as the McCain straight talk express derails and goes crashing into the side of the mountain that is the support that Obama now has across the country. Milliken also voices concerns with the choice of Palin as VP:

"I know John McCain is 72. In my book, that's quite young. But what if she were to become president of the United States? The idea, to me, is quite disturbing, if not appalling.”

McCain is toast.

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