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Other than freezing discretionary spending, including battling earmarks, how does McCain reform the government? I am not certain I heard any, or at least not many. Much of what I hear in this speech is not unlike the way McCain approached the debate over McCain-Feingold and comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., that his position is right, and those who oppose his position are partisan or worse. His shots at Barack Obama are the best part of his speech — clear, crisp, and scoring. But McCain does not have clean hands when it comes to government growth (as he proposes much more of it), and in his shots at Obama, he demonstrates the partisanship he claims to abhor. As I say, it’s a tough speech to digest because of McCain’s own complexities, inconsistencies and, yes, incoherence at times.


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