I don’t say enough good things about John McCain. The truth of the matter is, I’m an arch-conservative, and let’s face it…McCain has done a lot of things to piss off conservatives, so much so, that it almost seems purposeful. And that causes many conservatives to stew.
Should I put up a McCain campaign button on my website? Should I drink the Koolaid, and become a good little Republican cheerleader for a guy I know is going to frustrate me in many ways as President, (if he wins the Presidency). I’ve never made any bones about whether or not I’d vote for the guy.
Nice Deb is voting for the guy.
The question is…Will I be able to enthusiastically support his campaign?
Or the one with the American Conservative Union rating of 82.16, (as opposed to Obama’s lifetime rating of 7.67)?
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the B- over the F- any day of the week.
And stories like this one make the koolaid taste less bitter:
One evening last July, Sen. John McCain of Arizona arrived at the New Hampshire home of Erin Flanagan for sandwiches, chocolate-chip cookies and heartfelt talk about Iraq. They had met at a presidential debate, when she asked the candidates what they would do to bring home American soldiers — soldiers like her brother, who had been killed in action a few months earlier.
McCain did not bring cameras or a retinue. Instead, he brought his youngest son, James McCain, 19, then a private first class in the Marine Corps about to leave for Iraq. Father and son sat down to hear more about Flanagan’s brother, Michael Cleary, a 24-year-old Army first lieutenant killed by an ambush and roadside bomb.
No one mentioned the obvious: in just days, Jimmy McCain could face similar perils. “I can’t imagine what it must have been like for them as they were coming to meet with a family that –” Flanagan recalled, choking up. “We lost a dear one,” she finished.
McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee, has staked his candidacy on the promise that American troops can bring stability to Iraq. What he almost never says is that one of them is his own son, who spent seven months patrolling Anbar Province.
In his 71 years, McCain has confronted war as a pilot, a prisoner and a U.S. senator, but never before as a father. His son’s departure for Iraq brought him the same worry that every military parent feels, friends say, while the young Marine’s experiences there have given him a sustained grunt’s-eye view of the action and private confirmation for his argument that U.S. strategy in Iraq is working.
And then we have…Obama’s confirmation for his argument that U.S. strategy isn’t working:
Uh….he’s still working on finessing, and nuancing his position on that one:
This is a no brainer for me.
From hereon in…I will be strongly endorsing and supporting McCain, (warts and all).