It’s funny how far-right conservatives thought that they, from their heated radio offices and news studios, could destroy a man who survived being shot out of the sky by a soviet-made anti-aircraft missile and then years of torture by the North Vietnamese.
Not surprisingly however, all they really did was solidify his nomination and more importantly, to me, solidified my support for his presidential campaign. He is now adding to my support by defying the conventional wisdom and actively seeking the public support of President Bush:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush endorsed Sen. John McCain for president on Wednesday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee has the "character, courage and perseverance" to lead the country.
McCain thanked the president for his support and the work he has done in the Oval Office. "I appreciate his endorsement, and I appreciate his service to our country," said McCain, adding that he wanted Bush at his side as much as possible on the campaign trail.
"Whatever he wants me to do, I want him to win," Bush said, who was challenged by McCain for the GOP nomination in 2000. But he said the 2008 run for the Oval Office was not his battle.
It was thought that McCain would ask for W’s support behind the scenes but not to make such public appearances on his behalf. Fortunately, his advisors are making the right decisions in terms of how to use President Bush, on how to combat media bias and how to deflect attacks from the lunatic-right.
Not only is it important for the GOP to have President Bush make the national security case to the American people, but it’s important for our allies (both public and covert) to understand that Bush’s foreign policy objectives are still going to be in place for the foreseeable future. It is also important that our enemies know Bush and McCain share similar positions against advanced global terrorism and those nations who sponsor groups like Al Qaeda.
From our enemies perspective they see, on one hand, a man who they can easily bend to their will and who has already promised a quick surrender in Iraq. While, on the other, they are seeing a man who is being praised by President Bush and a man who is probably even more determined than he is, to defeat them.
If you were Al Qaeda, Iran, or Syria, which would you prefer to be the United States president? -A pacifist, U.N.-loving surrender monkey? -Or a determined former POW who garners the respect of a current president who has vowed to kill all of you?