Because they think you are.
The most surreal and almost amusing part of the RNC was watching McSame try and try again to claim the mantle of change. They hope that the voters will forget who has been running Washington for the better part of the last decade. They hope that if they say the word "change" often enough the voters will overlook that they are promising to continue every major policy of the disastrous Bush administration. (The most amusing part was seeing Bush's sad little communique from exile, while the republicans all hummed and tried to pretend he didn't exist.)
While the focus on McCain's bio was stirring, and his paean to bipartisanship encouraging, it's important to remember how his actions and votes have defined him in the past, and what a McCain administration might look like. As Barabara Boxer ably put it:
Last night at the Republican National Convention, John McCain used the word "fight" more than 40 times in his speech. In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight.
I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times.
I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work.
I have seen him fight against a woman's right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations.
I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control.
I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system "an absolute disgrace."
And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so.
John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008—that's no maverick.
We do have two real fighters for change in this election—their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.