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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
posted by Anonymous | 9:42 PM | permalink
Just thought I would take a time out from the embezzlement trial I am currently prosecuting to comment on the recent McCain news.

I happen to believe this is just another sign that the McCain campaign is coming to an end. I hope two things happen though.

First, I hope McCain continues to participate for now. John McCain is a character that I often disagree with but his support of the surge and even his failed immigration bill have been heroic at times (even if I disagree on the immigration part). What I mean by heroic is that he continued his support in the face of tremendous consequences. I think McCain is an interesting counterpoint in debates related to these issues. I also think what he has had to say about the war is an important message in our country where resolve seems to be so lacking.

Second, I hope that those who may be inclined to support him financially spend their money elsewhere. You may think one or another candidate is the most deserving. We obviously have an opinion here. But, I am increasingly concerned that Republican money seems to be diffused among various candidates and even in total seems to be less than the Democrats.

The article cited above says it is McCain's support of the war that has hurt his fundraising. I personally believe it is his support for giving visas to illegal immigrants. Obviously, Romney has also supported the surge, with some added guidelines for how to measure and publish progress so the American people can make a more informed evaluation. Obviously, Romney disagreed with McCain about the "comprehensive" immigration bill that McCain sponsored. For that matter though, everyone in the Republican field did, except maybe Brownback. I haven't figured out what he really thought.

As a result, whatever a McCain supporter thinks about the differences Romney and McCain have had on campaign finance or immigration reform, I think it is worth their time to evaluate Romney anew, without worrying about how he compares to their candidate. This may not necessarily be now. While I feel that sooner would be better for the party, there will probably be die-hards who would support McCain only with Ron Paul zeal. I understand. Hey, I had to reevaluate my very fervent Elizabeth Dole support back in the late 1990's.
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I disagree w/two of your points: (1) It's good to keep McCain around & (2) McCain's position on Iraq is good. I'll focus on the second point.

McCain approaches Iraq like it's his own personal alamo--win or fight until America dies. This is a bad approach. While winning in Iraq should be a priority, one should approach it reasonably and be willing to leave if the price of obtaining success is higher than the value of the reward.

Iraq is literally in a civil war. Those who say otherwise are lying or ignorant. All major media -- left and right spin the war unfairly in their direction. Iraq is not identical to Afganistan when the USSR left (strengthened al quaeda) or Viet Nam (the USA leaving did not help global communism). Data should be gathered to determine the likely results of all options in Iraq and the best option should be taken whether that requires us to stay or leave. It should not be decided on emotion or anecdotal evidence.

Romney's approach works: support the surge, but get data to measure the success/failure of the effort and make future plans based on that data. McCain's plan is stupidly inflexibility and is dangerous to America. The "last man standing" approach is very different from Romney's measured refusal to project defeat.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2007 at 12:17 PM  

I absolutely agree with you and prefer Romney's approach to McCain's. I do think McCain's public support is a very worthwhile component in the publc debate that has often lacked anyone on that side of the equation. I am much more like McCain than Obama, at least for the time being.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 11, 2007 at 2:35 PM  

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