Well, a lot of us are very skeptical of him, but he's running so what better place to start vetting him than here. What are his pros and cons...? What are his official stands on the issues...? Do the positives (his appeal to the middle) outweigh the negatives (campaign finance & immigration)...? If it's McCain vs. Giuliani who gets the vote...?
(BTW, I have planted the seed about Fred Thompson to an RNC insider. I know it's far-fetched, but the possibility should at least be looked at...)
McCain knows full well that he has alienated many conservatives. He went straight to the heart of the Conservative movement and spoke to the Federalist Society (the group that vets conservative judicial nominees):
"...McCain assured the group that despite last week’s sobering election returns for Republicans, “the election was not an affirmation of the other party’s program. Try as hard as I could, I couldn’t find much evidence that my Democratic friends were offering anything that resembled a coherent platform.”
McCain asserted that “the majority of Americas still consider themselves conservatives, or right of center.”
He spoke of the importance of judges who would strictly interpret the Constitution. “They should be people who respect the limited scope afforded federal judges under the Constitution,” he said.
The reaction from the Federalists was polite, but not overwhelming..." (source)
As the far left kvetches over premature-pullout "Murtha's Mugging", Kucinich adds it's better [to cut and run than to stay and pay] (isn't he witty? he likes rhyming -remember when he was a 2004 nominee he was on MTV and said "You can't rock the boat if you don't rock the vote"...), but McCain has offered a suggestion I like: Re-invade Iraq.
This from the Huffington Post:
"...Tim Russert pointed out the painfully obvious fact that McCain's position to send additional troops into Iraq was, according to the latest Newsweek poll, opposed in some form by 82 percent of the people.
Not only did McCain stand by his position, he attempted to honorably defend it.
"I believe that a lot of Americans trust my judgment on issues such as this because of the experience and background that I have," McCain said. He added, "I can only do what I think is best for these young men and women who are in the military. To do otherwise would be immoral and dishonorable."
It is rare to find a politician who would take a stand that is opposed by so many, especially one contemplating the Oval Office. For this, McCain should be commended. But his valor notwithstanding, McCain is dead wrong about sending in more troops." (source)
McCain may be our only hope as the Congressional Democrats are meeting with George McGovern about his plans for Iraq... But we still have to make him grovel for the support...