1191 and Done

This election will be defined by enormous differences.

It will be about the difference between high and low taxes and the effect that each has upon revenue and the economy.

It will be about the porous nature of our borders, and the effect that illegal immigration has upon healthcare, the economy, and national security.

It will be about the judiciary, and the problems which can be caused by an activist Supreme Court rather than one made up of justices who narrowly interpret our Constitution.

It will be about the War in Iraq, and its role as an essential battlefront in the Global War on Terror.

It will be about the biggest and most fundamental of questions — how much, exactly, do we want our government involved in our businesses and lives?

Sen. John McCain is officially our man. Now, I have been extremely hard on him in the past, and I will not hide my disagreement with and dissapointment in several decisions that he has made. However, just as this election is about big distinctions, this election is bigger than John McCain and his problems with the conservative base of the Republican party.

McCain is an American hero. While that alone may not qualify him for the responsibilities of the Commander in Chief, he has the utmost respect among many of our fighting men and women, and he has been on the right side of the debate regarding the War on Terror. McCain is also a steadfast believer in responsible spending, and in a time when our economy is faltering, we need a government that spends money where it needs to and quits the pork-barrel spending addiction. Furthermore, despite some misgivings I’ve previously noted regarding McCain and the judiciary, I know for a fact that America is more likely to see strict constructionists nominated to the Supreme Court with McCain in the White House as opposed to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

I will forever maintain that the continued success of America depends upon the unequivocal embrace of conservatism. The threats we face from abroad and from within demand an America that is strong and resolute and unified through and through–how can we expect to repel radical Islam if we cannot maintain our own national identity?–and conservatism provides the best and perhaps only route to economic and cultural prosperity.

While John McCain may not be as conservative as I would like our president to be, the makeup of the Supreme Court dictates much with regard to the fabric and tendencies of America and Americans. With the current age of those on the bench, it is imperative that those who care about this nation line up and support John McCain for President of the United States.

The path he faces is not an easy one, though I cannot help but smile as the Democratic party tears itself apart. Either Clinton or Obama will be formidible in the general election, though even with Hillary’s glorious wins in Ohio and Texas I still think that Obama will get the nod.

Obama, though, is finally looking like a politician. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank gave me a hearty chuckle this morning when he described the Illinois senator, confronted in San Antonio yesterday with the most difficult news conference of his campaign and perhaps his political life, as showing “the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog.”

While the Dali Bama did indeed look vulnerable yesterday–as he had when stumbling and stammering through answers to substantive questions during recent debates–while fielding questions about his relationship with Tony Rezko and how correspondence with Canadian leadership has exposed his tough talk on NAFTA as nothing more than a political show, I still think that the same media previously smitten by his empty rhetoric will scramble over themselves to show that he has redeemed himself.

Either way, John McCain will be in the fight of his political life, as he has already seen enough fight for 1000 lifetimes in that Hanoi prison. McCain needs to be sure that he pulls no punches, that he doesn’t kow-tow to political correctness and the inevitable cries of race- or gender-based intolerance.

As I learned in 2000 when, as a reporter for a small newspaper in South Carolina I had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with John and Cindy McCain, the Arizona senator is a wonderfully nice and gracious man. I sincerely hope that, however gracious he may be, John McCain can reach down into his soul and fight like hell, once again, for the future of America.


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