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McCain Clinches GOP nomination

John McCain’s speech tonight, acknowledging that he had won enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination, convinced me that I made the right choice last month when I voted for him in the California primary. Impressed as I was with the speech I have been trying to find a transcript of his speech on-line and have not as yet found it.

For now, I’ll say I was delighted that he led off on the war on terror, contrasting his commitment to defeating the Islamofascists who threaten our freedom and our civilization with the ambiguous language of either of the two Democrats who could emerge as his rival in the fall campaign. When he mentioned Iraq, he said that we can’t refight the battles of the pass and pointed out that he had been pushing to changed “failed tactics,” noting that he had tried to change those tactics which had been “delayed for too long.”

I wish I had not been folding my laundry when the Senator started speaking. Otherwise, I would have transcribed (to the best of my ability) some parts of his speech.

By leading off with his commitment to fighting Islamofascism and reminding us of the stakes in Iraq, John McCain reassures that on the most important issue of the day, he recognizes its significance, is ready to lead and defend our great nation.

I hope to get a copy of the speech so I can quote it at liberty — and more accurately. That said, it was a great speech and a reminder that John McCain will be a strong nominee, standing for victory against those who would murder civilians and seek to destroy our civilization.

UPDATE: Just found a portion of the speech on the Corner.

Some excerpts:

On not wanting to re-fight arguments of the past

Our campaign must be, and will be more than another tired debate of false promises, empty sound-bites, or useless arguments from the past that address not a single American’s concerns for their family’s security. . . . But we are also expected to concentrate our efforts on the challenges that will confront America on our watch and explain how we intend to address them. . . . It is of little use to Americans for their candidates to avoid the many complex challenges of these struggles by re-litigating decisions of the past.

He pointed out that we’re at war in two nations. Here’s the link which so moved me when I watched in live on FoxNews:

I will defend the decision to destroy Saddam Hussein’s regime as I criticized the failed tactics that were employed for too long to establish the conditions that will allow us to leave that country with our country’s interests secure and our honor intact. But Americans know that the next President doesn’t get to re-make that decision. We are in Iraq and our most vital security interests are clearly involved there.

Emphasis added. Just read the whole thing, you’ll see that John McCain understands the stakes of our involvement in Iraq.

UP-UPDATE: Here’s more of McCain’s speech on National Review’s Campaign Spot. I trust you’ll agree with me, it was a good speech.

Me-tooism in Gay Leftists Rushing to Back Obama

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:59 pm - March 4, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Gay Politics

It seems that every day now, I receive some e-mail announcing that this or that gay activist, elected official or organization has backed Barack Obama for president. Many are flocking to him after their recent flirtation with the ill-fated John Edwards. Former Texas State Representative Glen Maxey, the only open gay person to serve in the Texas legislature has endorsed the Illinois Senator as has the Houston LGBT political caucus.

It’s not just former Edwards supporters. Even gay Clinton backers are refusing to stand by their woman and turning to the man from Illinois.

And this despite the fact the Illinois Senator has participated in a “gospel tour” with anti-gay singer Donnie McClurkin. Not only that. As reader ILoveCapitalism pointed out in a recent comment, the Democratic frontrunner refused to have his picture taken with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom “at the height of the firestorm” the Mayor set off by authorizing same-sex marriages in his city.

Imagine how the media would react if Log Cabin backed a candidate who had so snubbed a politician beloved by gay activists.

I wonder if there’s not a little me-tooism in this stampede of gay activists to the Illinois Senator.  They want to jump on the bandwagon of the man who appears increasingly likely to win the Democratic nomination, a man who’s beloved by the left-wing of his party, endorsed by the radical left-wing group moveon.org.

Once again, it seems gay activists seem more eager to fit in with left-wing groups than to support the candidate who is best on gay issues.

Super Tuesday, Too?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:52 pm - March 4, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

The results are about to come in from Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Make or break for Hillary?

McCain clinches?

Obama momentum continues?

Stay tuned…. and comment throughout the night!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from Dan): CNN reports that McCain and Obama have won Vermont.

UP-UPDATE (from Dan): AP reports that McCain has won Ohio while the Democratic race in the Buckeye State is too close to call.

UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): CNN reports that McCain will win Texas, thus clinching the GOP nomination.

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Watching Huckabee on Fox, promising to help Senator McCain. He’s out.

UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Hillary finally wins one. Fox and CNN are projecting Rhode Island for her.

UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): FoxNews just called Ohio for Mrs. Clinton, keeping her in the race.

UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Watching Hillary’s speech declaring victory in Ohio. In contrast to McCain’s speech where he presented a clear and eloquent picture of where he stands. She offers slogans, talking more about the campaign than about why she’s running. Some pabulum about solutions without saying what they are.

I found another reason to like my Congressman

Ever since I moved to LA, I have been represented by one of the most obnoxious Democratic partisans in the House, Henry Waxman. He seems to see it his mission as the Chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee to investigate any Republican he happens to dislike, alleging corruption or law-breaking where there is only the barest hint of impropriety.

I did gain some respect for him when in March 2003, he wrote a letterto then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi informing her that he could not support the reelection of his fellow Democrat (and my former Congressman) Jim Moran for his “offensive . . . and ignorant” statements suggesting Jews were responsible for the Iraq War. (That wasn’t the Virginia Democrat’s only anti-Semitic comment.)

And now I find another reason to like Mr. Waxman. He is the only Democrat on a list of members of the House of Representatives who have have sworn off earmarks. Kudos, Congressman. I guess you recognize that the entertainment industry — and not the federal government — should be funding projects in Hollywood and Los Angeles’s Westside. (Via Instapundit.)

Obama’s MSM Free Pass Expiring?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:25 pm - March 4, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

Barely twenty-four hours after writing that the MSM was giving Illinois Senator Barack Obama “free pass” in his bid for the White House, it appeared ABC News was revoking it. Soon after ABC revoked that pass (well, perhaps that network wasn’t the first), CNN followed suit.

Yesterday, I had (inadvertently) timed my cardio workout to coincide with the evening news and looked up to see ABC’s Charlie Gibson reporting that questions were being raised about the Senator’s connections to Tony Rezko whose corruption trial began yesterday in the Windy City. Today, while working out, I looked up to see Jack Cafferty raising similar questions about the Illinois Democrat’s ties to Rezko and also about his campaign’s conflicting statements on NAFTA.

It seems he’s finally getting the media scrutiny that other candidates have endured.

Ann Althouse asks, “Why did it take so long for the media to ask Obama hard questions?” (Via Instapundit.) Ann includes a clip of a video of the Democrat flustered because he’s had to answer eight questions! Eight questions! I expect I’ll have to answer far more in my dissertation defense.

I guess he never watched President Bush’s press conference. Even though the press is answering tougher questions of this candidate, he’s still getting kid-glove treatment compared to that Republican (or any Republican for that matter) regularly receives.

It’s nice to see the press inquire into Obama’s questionable relationships and shifting stands. Let’s hope the press remains as tough with him (or his rival should she win) should he secure the Democratic nomination. But, past experience shows that that may be too much to ask.