Friday, August 10, 2012

The Return of The Maverick: John McCain Rides to the Rescue Again

Friday, August 10th, 2012

My Dear America:

I recently watched the movie, "Game Change" which was about the 2008 Presidential Primary and Election.  The film focused mainly on Sarah Palin and her relationship with McCain Campaign Manager, Steve Smith.  

The movie also dealt with the difficult relationship that John McCain had with Sarah, as well as with members of his own party, when it came to the selection of a Vice Presidential Nominee by the McCain Campaign.

Surprisingly the film, I felt dealt rather delicately and fairly with Sarah Palin.  It showed her to be a rather good mother, out of her league in the Vice Presidential Spot but not altogether a terrible person.

McCain came off as a rather steadfast character, who wanted to nominate Independent (Former Democratic) Senator, Joe Lieberman as his running mate.  Although it is all speculation now, It is my opinion that, had McCain appointed Lieberman and had the Republican party accepted that appointment, McCain would have had a much better chance to win the Presidential Election.

One of the more striking moments in McCain's 2008 Campaign, as far as I am concerned was McCain's defense of Barack Obama as a good and decent Christian man to a woman who was running Barack down at a McCain campaign event.

While the truth was that McCain's principles were certainly compromised over and over in the 2008 Campaign, he had his limits and his personal regard for Barack Obama came out on that hateful occasion.

Recently McCain took to the floor in the Senate in another heroic defense of another good American whose reputation was being brought into question thanks to former Republican Oddball Congresswoman, Michelle Bachman.  

Bachman had jumped on a right wing group's report questioning the ties between Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the Senate and in the State Department.  Bachman and 4 other Right Wing Congresspeople sent a letter to the State Department demanding an investigation of Huma Abedin due to questions about members of her family having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

While most gutless Republicans fell silent at these baseless accusations, John McCain quickly and valiantly took the Senate floor and fearlessly slammed these baseless accusations and attempts to ruin Huma Abedin's reputation.  

While I disagree with much of what John McCain stands for, I have to say that in these times when even the slightest appearance of being out of step with the Right Wing can cause the quick end of Republican political careers and reputations, It is with a great regret that the type of Candidate John McCain was is not the type of Candidate that any of the Republican Candidates were this year, with the possible exception of the former Governor of Utah and Ron Paul.

Mitt Romney is an exceptionally gutless liar and distorter of the truth and is not above kissing any Right Wingers Rear End if he feels it will get him any closer to the Presidency.  

While John McCain had a lot to answer for, at least he had and still has, some limits as to what he can and will tolerate out in the 2012 political jungle.

While I would never have voted for John McCain in 2008, I felt that if he did win I could have lived with him as President.  I do not feel that way about Romney or about any of the other Republican Lunatic Fringe Candidates who have duked it out this Election Season.

As lousy a candidate as Romney is, however, he is still probably a cut above all of the other dangerous mental cases who might have won the nomination.

Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.  

After taking a look back at this bunch I have to say that even though Romney is a barefaced lying distorter of the truth, he is still much better than this crowd but nowhere near as good a Candidate or a person as was and is John McCain.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher 

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