John McCain has been my #2 choice for 2008 (behind Barack Obama). He has been willing to buck his party and its leadership for what he feels is right. But last week he spoke at the Virginia Military Institute trying to reenergize his faltering campaign by focusing hardliners on his support for the war in Iraq. The statement that spun me the other way was:
“Having been a critic of the way this war was fought and a proponent of the very strategy now being followed, it is my obligation to encourage Americans to give it a chance to succeed; to do otherwise would be contrary to the interests of my country and dishonorable.”
In other words, “I have advocated a ‘surge,’ I can’t back down now.” The last thing we need is another person in the White House who believes his own words to be gospel. If one of the principal reasons for his continuing to support the war in Iraq is the fact that he advocated for it, it shows that he cannot be flexible to changes.
Whether this is a ploy to get the vote of the hardline Bush Republicans for the upcoming primaries or it is truly the way he feels, I don’t agree with it.
My problem now is who takes second place.