Friday, February 8, 2008

John McCain: Hero, Yes, Conservative...?

As Mitt Romney has announced he is withdrawing from the presidential race, barring some unforeseen event, John McCain will be the Republican nominee.

If the loyal reader of TheFlyingCurmudgeon did not catch Gov. Romney's speech yesterday, here is the video:

This is truly a man of class and integrity. Something tells The Flying Curmudgeon that this is not the last we'll see of Mitt Romney.

Now, on to the presumptive nominee.

John McCain is one of those rare individuals who truly is, an American hero.

The courage he displayed while a prisoner of the North Vietnamese needs no further amplification. If the reader has never read Faith of My Fathers, the Flying Curmudgeon highly recommends it.

Hero. The word has been so over-used in the past few years, to be nearly robbed of its meaning.

In the case of the Arizona senator, its use is altogether appropriate.

However, history has shown us that military success and courage under fire do not automatically translate to political success.

Witness the disastrous Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.

His support for the war effort notwithstanding, whatever his claims to the contrary, Sen, McCain HAS strayed from his conservative roots. His voting record speaks for itself.

As the alternative to a John McCain Presidency is too horrible to contemplate, TFC will in all likelihood "pull the lever" for the Senator from AZ.

Unlike President Bush and the Congressional Republicans of the last 14 years, let's hope Sen. McCain remembers who brung HIM to the dance.


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