You know that old expression when it rains it pours, well such seems my life today. I woke this morning, anticipating blogging on the California Supreme Court’s ruling just after 10AM, then dialing in at 11 for a bloggers’ conference call with Senator McCain.
A couple hours before the call, I checked my e-mail on my GayPatriot account to find that Pajamas wants me to write a piece on the California decision, so I’ve been toggling back and forth, trying to work on both projects.
As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to work on my marriage piece, then, time permitting, will offer some thoughts on the call with the presumptive Republican nominee. I expect other bloggers to post on this right away, so just check some of the conservative blogs, notably Commentary’s Contentions and National Review’s Campaign Spot as bloggers form those sits, Jennifer Rubin and Jim Geraghty respectively, asked the first questions and got great responses (in my mind) from the Arizona Senator.
What impressed me most about the call was the Senator’s good humor and his ability to handle questions about a great number of issues, from the war in Iraq to Lebanon to energy policy to conservative ideas and media bias. This man is very good on his feet (so to speak). He has a great command of the issues.
The focus was on Iraq. McCain found it naive for a leader to want to sit down with leaders countries which are state sponsors of terror and are sending explosive devices into Iraq, referring to Senator Obama’s comments in the Youtube debate in July that he would meet personally with the leader of Iran without precondition. He calls such meetings “unacceptable” and said the Democratic frontrunner doesn’t have the “knowledge or experience” to safeguard our national security.
McCain looked forward to having conversations with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and commended him for ideas, particularly the Contract with America, observing that the ideas in that contract were similar to those of the Gipper.
While many conservatives may be skeptical of John McCain, he does show respect for conservative leaders and understanding of our ideas. But, above all, he knows the stakes in Iraq and the consequences of an all-too-hasty withdrawal.