McCain goes all in

For those of you who missed Senator McCain’s address to the cadets at VMI, here is an excerpt, a link to the transcript, and the youtube video of the speech. What strikes me about the address is that McCain “gets it” on THE issue of our time. He’s not afraid to put the full weight of his candidacy in support of the men and women who serve in this epic struggle, and in support of their mission.

“I know the pain war causes. I understand the frustration caused by our mistakes in this war. I sympathize with the fatigue of the American people. And I regret sincerely the additional sacrifices imposed on the brave Americans who defend us. But I also know the toll a lost war takes on an army and a country. We, who are willing to support this new strategy, and give General Petraeus the time and support he needs, have chosen a hard road. But it is the right road. It is necessary and just. Democrats, who deny our soldiers the means to prevent an American defeat, have chosen another road. It may appear to be the easier course of action, but it is a much more reckless one, and it does them no credit even if it gives them an advantage in the next election. This is an historic choice, with ramifications for Americans not even born yet. Let’s put aside for a moment the small politics of the day. The judgment of history should be the approval we seek, not the temporary favor of the latest public opinion poll.” …

Link to transcript


NRO’s take–> “How often do media hand-wringers lament that politicians’ won’t buck the polls and make unpopular stands on principle? Sen. John McCain is doing just that…”

WSJ’s Opinion Journal –> “Our view is that Mr. McCain’s difficulty so far in attracting conservative voters has nothing to do with Iraq, and everything to do with the positions that once made him the media darling. On the contrary, his support for the war and his appreciation of the stakes is one thing that keeps his candidacy alive …”

Yep, and yep.

Washington Post gets it (almost)

Not a hit piece, but … “Veterans Across The Nation Pledge Support To McCain”

the article implies campaign is picking up steam.

3 Responses

  1. I can overlook a lot in a candidate who is willing to energetically champion our people in harm’s way instead of busily trying to stab them in the back like my POS senator Bill Nelson.

  2. Seeing the Unseen Part II: Bill Whittle.

  3. Dumb Looks Still Free looks at McCain’s blaming Donald Rumsfeld for “shrinking” the military (oh, dang, he did NOT use that hot cycle again!) and focuses squarely on who is responsible for the size of the military as well as the funding thereof. (Clue: Not the Executive branch.)

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