Some have implied that nominating McCain would be the same as having Obama or Shrillary in the White House. Like McCain or hate him, that is still a ridiculous statement. Abstaining from this election is also ridiculous.
Everyone knows McCain wasn't my first choice, but everyone needs to take a deep breath and look at the facts. Yes, McCain has made some bad decisions. McCain-Feingold was a big one, but FDT erroneously supported that too. Immigration with Teddy, but I believe he's seen the error of his ways there.
Big mistakes...yes, but he's always been up front about them and his overall lifetime ratings are still pretty good and a far cry from the alternative:
McCain has an 83% conservative voting record according the the Amercian Conservative Union. He has a 0% rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL. 90% rating for nation tax limitation and reform. A 33% with the ACLU. 100% rating with the Club for Growth. 80% with the Traditional Values Coalition. 100% with Gun Owners of America. And 0-7% with the various labor unions.
"...Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., the other front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, also shifted to the left last year. She ranked as the 16th-most-liberal senator in the 2007 ratings, a computer-assisted analysis that used 99 key Senate votes, selected by NJ reporters and editors, to place every senator on a liberal-to-conservative scale in each of three issue categories. In 2006, Clinton was the 32nd-most-liberal senator..." (source)
If you abstain, you are passively allowing either the MOST liberal Senator or the 16th most liberal Senator into the Oval Office. The two things a President can actually do is support or not support the troops in the war against Islamofascism and appoint SCOTUS judges. We know McCain will support the troops and the other two won't and he has promised to nominate judges like Roberts and Scalia. Are you a pacifist?