Monday, April 28, 2008

McCain Grows Guts

It is good to see John McCain finally begin to show some of the fortitude that got him through all that time in the Hanoi Hilton when he finally admitted that Jeremiah Wrong's big mouth is a legitimate political issue:

The highlights include a reference to additional comments by Wright -- that McCain claimed he had just seen yesterday -- in which the pastor compared “the United States Marine Corps with Roman Legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior,” according to McCain.

“I have said that I will not…have any comment on it and that’s because I thought and I believe that Sen. Obama does not share those views” expressed by Wright, McCain said. “But Sen. Obama himself says it’s a legitimate political issue, so I would imagine that many other people will share that view, and it’ll be in the arena.”

I'd be willing to wager money that John McCain has heard it all week from the GOP grassroots that if he intends to beat Barack Obama, he needs to take his gloves off and fight, or at least let those on the front lines do the shooting for him. The more time that passes, the more it becomes clear that before November voters will have serious questions about Obama's past. Whether his supporters like it or not, all of the issues that raise these questions are fair political game.

John McCain's seeming lack of desire to attack his opponents at their weakest points is what is doing more to hurt the Republican Party at this state of the game than anything else. Between Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democrats are handing McCain the General Election. I would guess that not a few State Party activists from around the country have told John McCain over the last few days that they will do their part for victory-but John McCain must do his.

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