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In case you were wondering....

Geaux McCain

Oh, and for the record, I'm a registered independent.

Bottom line for me is that (in no particular order):
  • He has a real record
  • He's a deficit hawk. This is critical to me. We've burned through $2 TRILLION since W became president. We should have a balanced budget, in  fact, we really should run a surplus until we pay our children back the $2 TRILLION.
    "I am a Republican. I'm loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline."
    John McCain
  • He believes in campaign finance regulation
  • He has a real record
  • He can explain his opinions coherently (unlike W)
  • He's willing to change his opinions as facts become clearer
  • He publically argued against the pathetic Bush Iraq policies that came before the 'surge' approach
    "We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement -- that's the kindest word I can give you -- of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war. The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously. I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history."
    John McCain (On Iraq War, February 2007)
  • He is willing to do what he thinks is the right thing, instead of the expedient thing (take immigration as an example - you may not agree with him, but you've got to admit that he voted his beliefs when it was clearly not to his political benefit)
    "@&$* you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room." --to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), during a testy exchange about immigration legislation
  • He has a real record
  • He's not going to just bail on Iraq and leave them in the lurch. My feeling on that is very much, "you break it, you own it." Right or wrong, we broke it - we HAVE to be part of the long term solution.
  • He believes global warming is a threat*
  • He wants to open up offshore drilling*
  • He has a sense of humor
    ""Well, basically, it's a Google." --on how he's conducting his VP search, Richmond, Virginia, June 9, 2008

    "I am a illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get." -after being asked whether us uses a Mac or a PC

    "I'm older than dirt, I've got more scars than Frankenstein, but I've learned a few things along the way."

    "I spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again as vice president of the United States?"
* These two go together as an example of charting his own course. On the very day he proposed his global warming approach (which really annoyed radical conservatives), he also proposed offshore drilling (which really annoyed radical liberals). It's hard not to like someone willing to do that.

Comments (3)
Craig Wiseman June 20th, 2008 05:32:58 PM

1) Guess it’s about time to stir the natives up
Timothy Briley 6/21/2008 5:58:19 PM

I'll also be voting for him, also due to his real record. Sometimes because of it, sometimes in spite of it:

The good:

Deficit hawk - He as least talks the talk and when it comes to earmarks he walks the walk, but he's not as good as you would think on other aspects of the budget.

Not going to bail on Iraq.

Supports Offshore drilling.


The bad:

McCain Feingold - I'm still stunned that the Supreme Court didn't find it unconstitutional. It was pretty funny earlier in the year when McCain had to do some tap dancing to finance his campaign while not running afoul of - you guessed it - McCain Feingold. A law built to be an example of good intentions with unintended consequences.

Opposes drilling in ANWAR - The land to be altered amounts to about 1% of the total refuge. Let the other 99% stay "pristine".

He thinks we can do something meaningful about global warming. I believe the earth is warming, I really do. I'm just not convinced that we are the cause. I also know that 1000 years ago, wine grapes were grown in England. This stopped with on the advent of the Little Ice age, but is now starting back up, i.e., the climate warms and cools without our help. I also know that even if the Kyoto Protocol goals could be meet (big if) the overall benenfit will be "superficial" to quote the "Copenhagen Consensus". I think the "cap and trade" system is the modern day version of the sale of Indulgences.

Obama promises to be a government uniter, but given his record as most liberal member of the Senate, that's simply not his style. On the other hand, McCain will not only work with the other side, he'll thumb his nose at his side while he's doing it.

At the end of the day, I'm voting for McCain on the basis of foreign policy and for the judges he hopefully will appoint. Faint praise from here.

2) Guess it’s about time to stir the natives up
Craig Wiseman 6/23/2008 7:48:25 AM

@1 -

We have an election that's going to hinge on the margins. The Republicans have - against their better judgement - (presumptively) nominated just about the only one who has a ghost of chance to beat Obama.

Dedicated conservatives will vote for McCain while holding their noses. Dedicated liberals will fawn over and vote for Obama - even though there's "no there ... there."

It's the independents who'll make the difference, and that's where it'll get interesting. Obama & co. keep trying to portral McCain as "Bush term III", but anyone with ANY knowledge of the 2000 elections and what's gone on since will know that that can't possibly be true.

If McCain can make his case and be heard, then I think he'll win. Obama has so few positives (really only his awesome ability to orate), and so many negatives ( He's for campaign limits until he actually has lots of money; we are not a Christian nation: { Link } , etc.) that I'm pretty certain that stuff will come out about this past that will seriously hurt him and may even destroy his candidacy. it should be pretty clear by the time the election actually rolls around.

Although sometimes it feels like this will go on for ever!

3) Guess it’s about time to stir the natives up
Timothy Briley 6/23/2008 10:48:52 PM

The average person supporting Obama has no knowledge of Obama's radical past. His "surprise" at statements made by Jeremiah is just a flat-out lie. He gets a guy who set off a bomb in the Pentagon to hold one of Obama's first big fundraisers. He held leadership seminars for Acorn, a radical in-your-face group in Chicago: Inside Obama’s Acorn, { Link }

If you get a chance, read the above article. You'll find yourself sending it to political children who think Obama is really about change. In reality, he's about as old school as they come.

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