As noted before, I have admired Senator John McCain for his courage and service to our country. In 2000, I was one of his financial backers in his bid for the Republican nomination. So far this year, however, I haven’t responded to any of the dozens of emails and mailers I’ve received from the campaign, which is clearly desperate for money.
My main reason for holding off has been my belief that the war in Iraq was so hopelessly botched that any candidate who favored “staying the course” would have no chance in the general election. McCain is among the staunchest backers of the war, so, I reasoned, why toss away money and votes on a sure loser? That seemed like a nonstarter to me, so much so that I didn’t even pay much attention to McCain’s effort on behalf of the now-dead Comprehensive Immigration debacle, which cost him many votes from people who believe that laws and borders are real things to be respected.
But it’s a long, long, long, long way to the nominations and the election. McCain chugs along with a stripped down campaign. The fundraising pleas keep coming. And here’s a sort of irritating twist: They’re now directing you to “news” and videos about McCain–right beside the Please, Please Donate forms. Here’s an example from the other night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, where, his backers believe, McCain demonstrated a surge of his own.