11/06/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Defining a Maverick

Merriam-Webster Dictonary defines a "maverick" as "an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party." How does this apply when you've voted with your party 90% of the time?

In the VP debate, Sarah Palin claimed that Barack Obama is "partisan" because he voted with his party 96 percent of the time. But when the party you have opposed (in this case the Republicans) have catastrophically toxic policies that have damaged our country and our reputation worldwide, that partisan label only goes so far. It means that Obama was voting against the failed policies of the Bush administration, which have led us into the fiscal disaster we are now fully entrenched in. On the other side, the "partisan" voting of John McCain has sided with- and thereby approved of- the last 8 years of Bush/Cheney policies and all they have wrought. If you somehow feel that we are better off as a country after 8 years of Bush/Cheney, you are in a severely dwindling minority.

So the real question is this: If both candidates have voted overwhelmingly with their party- making them both "partisan" voters- do you want the one who voted with Bush 90% of the time or the one who voted against Bush 96% of the time? To the over 80% of our population who feels our country has gone in the wrong direction, there is only one choice in this election. GObama!