Folks, I am going to be honest. I really struggled over which candidate I would support in the 2008 presidential election. Although I am a registered democrat, I have always voted for republicans for president. Usually, I find myself dissatisfied with the lame options democrats continue to put forth in general elections. While I generally like Barack Obama as a person, it's clear that John McCain needs to be elected as our next president.
Unlike other conservative bloggers, I am not going to trash Obama's character. He inspired a bunch of first time voters. Likewise, he gave an otherwise disgruntled electorate a reason to become politically active again. Still, his vision for America going forward simply doesn't match mine. Really, I can care less about his religion, his pastor, his wife, or his book. In the end, this centers around issues.
Honestly, I never envisioned a day I would vote for John McCain. Still, two important factors tipped the scale for me. First, I trust John McCain keep his word by appointing Supreme Court Justices like John Roberts and Samuel Alito. It's entirely possible that our next president will be tasked to appoint as many as 3 justices. At the very least, I don't expect John Paul Stevens to continue serving through 2012. With Obama, I expect he would nominate a carbon copy of the far left Stevens. Frankly, I find it difficult to swallow that pill.
Also, I truly believe in divided government. With democrats expected to pick up seats in both the House and Senate, it would behoove the American electorate to have a republican in the White House. That way, we won't see rubber stamped legislation such as mandatory sex education for kindergarten children. Also, John McCain has pledged to veto pork barrel spending and excessive earmarks. Let's face it, there's nothing in Barack Obama's legislative background or campaign rhetoric leads me to believe he would take the same approach.
Over the next 6 weeks, I expect this to turn into an ugly battle. I encourage everyone to look past the planned photo shoots and biased media coverage. Instead, voters should ask themselves who can best lead the United Stated of America on January 20, 2009. To me, that man is Senator John McCain.