Monday, September 01, 2008

On John McCain


I caught the John McCain special on CNN, and I came away pretty impressed. McCain certainly deserves his John "Wayne" McCain monicker, having led a very colorful navy life prior to politics. Definitely movie material.

But the one thing that, if I had a vote, would swing it in his favor: he is a voracious reader. He opted to go through Gibbons' "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" rather than read the cockpit ejection manual of his plane.

More substantially, because of his background, McCain may just be the man to navigate the war footing that the United States has been on to more sensible stance. And, of course, there's the strong pro-life stance which is, to me, better than what Obama offers.

On a related note: while Hurricane Gustav will lead to a more somber national convention, this will probably work in favor of the Republicans. Sure, they'll earn less in donations than the Democrats may have raised, but after the flamboyant Democratic National Convention, it may swing things their way in the end. Talk about timing.