John McCain is getting quite a bit of good publicity these days and he has earned it. His decision to stake his Presidential run on victory in Iraq is one of the most-principled things I can recall any politician doing.
Dean Barnett highlights a very important bit about how the media frames the debate about the war.
The most revealing exchange came when Mr. Pelley, in all apparent seriousness, asked the Senator "at what point do you stop doing what you think is right and you start doing what the majority of the American people want?"
Answered Mr. McCain: "I disagree with what the majority of the American people want. I still believe the majority of the American people, when asked, say if you can show them a path to success . . . then they'll support it." Later Mr. Pelley observed that Mr. McCain was betting his entire campaign on the success of the current "surge" strategy in Baghdad. The Senator replied that he'd "rather lose a campaign than lose a war."
“At what point do you stop doing what you think is right?” What a perfect example of the amoral sophistry that infects the media, academia and other American institutions. One wonders if, even upon reading the transcript, whether Pelley will realize how repulsive this inquiry was.
The difficulty is that the media has already called this one a loss and it is near impossible for them to even consider the possibility we might win. Worse yet the vindication that would give the hated W, the neocons and American imperialism would be intolerable. John McCain has been consistently right about the war and has done the country a service by placing his reputation on the line and risking a loss in his Presidential run to win a war. Good man.
But I will not be supporting him for President, well the Republican nomination at least. If he wins that I would support him against any of the announced Democrats. But I do not believe he is the person I want as President, and it may come down to one monumental mistake, the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act. He sponsored the most damaging act of free speech violation and Constitution-gutting I am aware of. Not only was it a horrible idea and flagrantly unconstitutional but it was a complete and utter failure as to reforming campaign finance. It just moved the money from a group with one name and number to groups with other names and numbers.
I have other issues with the Senator, but most of those I can find my way to common ground. His abuse of one of the most basic freedoms we have though? No way.