While a number of my favorite bloggers wrote about their recent conference call with my man McCain, it was Roger Simon’s Pajamas’ piece on the tÃªte-Ã -tÃªtes which really hit home with me. In commenting on the call, Roger got at some of the things about John McCain which strike me as a presidential and which contrast him with his Democratic rivals for the White House.
Unlike Mrs. Clinton, he doesn’t seem threatened by his ideological adversaries:
I think one of the most laudable things about McCain is that people who disagree with him do not seem to threaten him. He relishes the rough and tumble of political discussion.
On the North Carolina GOP’s ad attempting to link both Democratic candidate for Governor to the anti-American rhetoric of Barack Obama’s former pastor:
The one bone of contention on the call was the North Carolina Republican Party campaign ad, using Wright and Ayers to bash Obama. McCain, as most know, asked for that to be taken down. He is taking the high road, as well he should, since he is running for President of the United States. If he wins, he’s going to have to be president of all Americans. Not only that, as everyone knows, national elections are won in the center. The wise candidate keeps his eye on that.
Again, a distinction from his Democratic rivals, particularly Mrs. Clinton. He knows he’s going to be president of all Americans and doesn’t delight (as she seems to) in the increasing animosity of the opposition’s rank-and-file (and lading pundits) to her, her campaign and her family’s political reputation.
Finally, in contrast to his likely rival this fall, John McCain, as Roger observed, enjoys talking to bloggers and others covering the campaign:
What most impressed me though is that McCain seems to genuinely enjoy talking to bloggersâ€”and not entirely because we may be â€œin the tankâ€ for him.
The Democratic frontrunner gets testy when he has to answer eight questions, as if it is beneath his dignity to take even that many.
I still have my problems with John McCain. I wish he did not go out of his way to gain media attention when he differed with his party.
That said, anyone confident enough not to be threatened by opposing ideas is certainly comfortable in his own skin. As president, such a man would be able to stand up to media pressure to follow their dictates or worldview, would not obsess about his own legacy nor would he act rashly on a momentary whim. Such a man would not hesitate to make tough decisions in the national interest.
And for that reason, I have confidence he’ll make a fine chief executive. It’s why I’m becoming ever more enthusiastic about his candidacy and increasingly optimistic about his chances for victory this November.