In the heat of the battle, I think some may have gotten the wrong impression of my impression of John McCain. I want to say this clearly and unequivocally. I think John McCain is a good man, a true American hero and I hope he is remembered as such.
John McCain served his country in Vietnam. He endured torture for us. He has served in Congress for close to 30 years. He has voted his conscience on several issues, bucking his party. I believe that he ran for President not for his own ego but because he truly felt that was the best way he could serve his country during this time.
Like all of us, John McCain is human and has made some mistakes. I believe the mistake he made during the campaign was instead of just being John McCain and going with his gut, he allowed the base and the pundits to turn him into something he was not. I think he was uncomfortable with the level and tone of rhetoric coming out of his campaign and I expect one day he will apologize for that. I understand politics are politics and you have to do what you have to do to get elected. Obama's campaign did things I'm sure he's not proud of too. Unfortunately, though John McCain went too far in the campaign pulling a few "stunts" that simply backfired. I think if he had stayed the course and run on experience and patriotism, we might have had a different result and he might be the President elect.
During the campaign I said things about John McCain that were critical. I don't think I criticized him unfairly. I was merely pointing out the differences (and similarities) between the candidates, as I saw them. I was shocked by the lack of judgment he showed at times. And, I saw a herky-jerky quality in his temperament that was not appealing in a President. But, I never questioned his patriotism or his character. It's kind of funny that when I posted some things about him being a socialist or a redistributor that a couple of my readers thought I was "bashing" him. Not at all. I was merely pointing out that he actually took the mainstream American approach to taxes which is that a progressive tax is fair and that those who do not pay income tax still deserve relief.
I was especially moved by John McCain's concession speech on Tuesday evening. It was the John McCain I thought I knew. He seemed as relaxed as he did during the entire campaign. His words flowed like he had the speech down pat. Even during the unscripted debates, he never seemed quite comfortable with what he was saying or even where he was. He threw his support behind the man who for months and up until a few minutes prior had been his "mortal" enemy. He called on his supporters to do the same. I hope he will continue to lead the "base" to work with the duly elected President to heal this nation and get us back on track. Barack Obama and John McCain have buried the hatchet. I hope their supporters will to.