Obama, Not McCain, Would Be Third Bush Term

Dem doesn't offer much hope of change from current president
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2008 6:25 PM CDT
Barack Obama is more like President Bush than he would like to admit, Bill Siegel writes.   (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has freely used the Bush card, reminding voters that John McCain has agreed with the president 90% of the time—but “the irony here is that Obama actually has much more in common with Bush than McCain does,” Bill Siegel writes in the National Review. He argues that Obama has more in common with the man he hopes to replace than he cares to admit.

“Obama suggests he, not the surge, was responsible for the Iraqi turnaround. Is this his own ‘Mission Accomplished’?” writes Siegel, who adds that Obama suffers from Bush weaknesses: He's too beholden to advisers, short on business acumen, and liable to drive up spending. Democrats insist there will be “no more propping up an obviously unqualified candidate to serve the agenda of the powerful,” which is true, Siegel writes, “unless, of course, Obama wins.”