McBama

That seems to be the general premise of this laughable LA Times article that came out today:

Stem-cell research and nuclear weapons are just two examples of a surprising but little-noticed aspect of the 2008 campaign: Democrat Obama and Republican McCain agree on a range of issues that have divided the parties under Bush.

On immigration, faith-based social services, expanded government wiretapping, global warming and more, Obama and McCain have arrived at similar stances — even as they have spent weeks trying to amplify the differences between them on other issues, such as healthcare and taxes.

Even on Iraq, a signature issue for both candidates, McCain and Obama have edged toward each other.

What? Have the LA Times staff writers been paying attention, or did they write this up as a stock story sometime last year? Of course, this is part of a greater narrative of Obama and McCain’s similarities (or, as Matt calls it, the media trying to recreate the 2000 election), but the truth is that Obama and McCain have very real differences in ways that even Bush and Gore didn’t have.

The most obvious, of course, is Iraq. Simply put, Obama wants us out of Iraq as soon as possible, while McCain doesn’t really care if we ever leave (indeed,  a perpetual presence is the goal of the neocons). But right on down the list, they agree about almost all of the big issues. McCain wants to extend the Bush tax cuts, and has adopted supply side orthoodxy as he runs for President as a Republican, Obama thinks budgets are important, and has at least more sensible views about revenue collection. McCain and Obama differ on abortion and gay rights issues. McCain reversed himself on immigration, to the point of opposing his own bill. And even where the press probably sees the most agreement, cliamte change, the differences between the two are legion. Obama supports cap and trade schemes with auctioned credits designed to gradually reduce carbon emission, and McCain doesn’t know what he supports, but he did know enough to reverse himseld on the Lieberman-McCain bill, which became the Lieberman-Warner bill when McCain dropped his sponsorship.   

But yeah, if you don’t count things like the major political issues in this election, I’m sure Obama and McCain agree on a lot of things.