Andrew Olivastro

The story of this election now is: Can John McCain pull off the upset?

If he is successful it will primarily be for two reasons: his selection of Sarah Palin and his latent, but now laser-like, focus on economic reforms.

What voters are learning about these two things is, first, that John McCain has a record of attempting many and achieving some real reforms. No small feat from the perch of the United State Senate where you often get elaborate debate and disagreement on what time of day it is. Barack Obama’s own thin record proves it is easy to find success if you simply go-along to get-along.

Voters are also coming to realize that while Sarah Palin’s status as a “commoner” won’t win her endorsements from the elite; it is precisely her common sense and her instincts that are needed to deliver reform. Sarah Palin has a record that puts people above party and entrenched political interests and proves that sound executive decisions trump rhetorical flourishes when it comes to leading and governing.

This McCain-Palin reform agenda is exactly what America needs. And it contrasts sharply with the change agenda pushed by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

That’s because there are real differences between change and reform. Voters, while attracted to Obama’s verbal political skills, are wary of his political and social aims. Obama has captured America’s appetite for change, but that does not translate into a clamoring to change America. Thus, if our citizens seek reform not change, McCain is more attractive.

Consider the chief reform we need: To get rid of the incumbents who conceived an economic “Trojan Horse” in the form of public policy social engineering through political operatives placed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, coming full circle in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations back to those very incumbents. We know which incumbents conceived this scam and that they must go, and those who turned a blind eye to it ought to go with them.

Their actions manipulated the lives of individual Americans who could not make their monthly payments on their sub-prime mortgages, and thereby caused the financial tsunami that now undermines the livelihood of all Americans.

On this fundamental reform, who is more likely to deliver? McCain-Palin who will cleanse the government of such a cancer while cutting the unnecessary and inviting sunlight and transparency into government operations; or Obama-Biden who are pledging a larger and more activist government that will rely on the very same failed institutions to force their brand of change on Americans?

One seeks to reform the system of government that has birthed the greatest country on earth; the other seeks to change it.

Andrew Olivastro

Andrew Olivastro, a public relations strategist in Washington, D.C., is a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.