Saturday, June 24, 2006

A Perfect Mid-Term Election Year Speech for Democrats...

...only it's from a Republican:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans intent on safeguarding power in Washington have drifted from the values of the Reagan presidency and ushered in an era of reckless spending and government growth that threatens to drive them from office, U.S. Sen. John McCain said in prepared remarks Friday.

"Why has our party, the party of small government, lately adopted the practices of our opponents who believe the bigger the government the better? I'm afraid it's because at times we value our incumbency more than our principles," the Arizona Republican said in a speech to be delivered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

"We came to office to reduce the size of government. Lately, we have increased the size of government in order to stay in office," McCain said. "Soon, if we don't remember what we were elected to do, we will lose both our principles and our office and we will leave as part of our legacy a mountain of debt and bankrupt entitlement programs that our children's grandchildren will be suffering from."

McCain's obviously trying to make points with conservatives for 2008 here, but his speech at the Reagan library, with just a minor revision or two, could be used by Democrats as the perfect indictment of one-party GOP rule.

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