I agree with Andy, big-time, that the question American voters have to answer is: which candidate is most likely to win the war? The big war, not just the battle of Iraq. Whatever you want to call it (I don’t mind “the war against terror” as much as Andy does, although I do have a very strong preference for “the war against the terror masters,” frankly, hoHO).
There are two candidates who have been exemplary, indeed, so far as I know, the only two who have said from the beginning that we are in a big war and we are going to have to fight and win that big war: Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman. What? Lieberman isn’t running? Rats! Another senior moment.
I really don’t understand the enthusiasm for McCain. I admire his courage and there are times when I love his pigheadedness (stubbornness if you are a fan of his). But his Keating Days showed a lack of character, and he’s personally vindictive even when ‘getting his man’ damages the national interest, as was shown by his grotesque vendetta against Air Force Secretary Roche. I’d be nervous with a President McCain.