Debra J. Saunders

I have never seen Obama tell people what they'll have to give up. All of his policies create jobs and lower taxes. In answer to Finch's question about bucking his own party, McCain should have spoken about the man whom journalists have covered during this administration -- the maverick who bucked Bush on the pork-laden farm bill, the special-interest bonanza energy bill, the underfunded Medicare prescription-drug bill, and who told Bush to boost the level of U.S. troops in Iraq before the surge. Most recently, McCain infuriated Wall Street Republicans when he said he would fire Bush Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox.

McCain did talk about his history of crossing the aisle to work with Democrats on campaign-finance reform and climate change. As far as the GOP base is concerned, McCain is too happy to work with Democrats.

For his part, Obama never addressed where he would challenge his party, because he never does. According to Congressional Quarterly, Obama votes with his party 96 percent of the time.

Now I expect Obama to agree with many Democratic policies -- but if he cannot say where he would control spending in the Democratic-led House and the Senate, hold onto your wallets, folks. The Senate could not approve a $700 billion bailout bill to save the U.S. economy without larding it with an additional $110 billion in money the government does not have.

It would be nice to know if Obama has the resolve to curb his party's excesses. To go by his Nashville performance, he does not.

Debra J. Saunders

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