Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Several years back, when the presidential candidates were still simply potentials, I had said John McCain was the type of guy who'd make me consider going Republican. There is a lot I don't agree with, but there was enough there that a really crazy Democrat could push me to go red.
That was a piece of the reason that this was the 1st election where I really looked at both candidates and asked myself who I wanted to follow. But as the election wore on, I saw what I can only describe as a man destroyed by his own core people and operatives.
After seeing his speech tonight, I have to ask, where was that honor and personal integrity during the crucial election time? Where was the honesty and willingness to stand up for values, even to your own followers?
I eventually decided Obama was the man for me, but I can't help but wonder where We as a People would be had McCain lead a far less damaging and divisive campaign. Had he ran his campaign the way he concluded it, I believe we'd have an even greater hope to celebrate tonight. It would have been a much more honorable defeat.
But Hope won today, rather than fear, misdirection, and secrecy. Today we move forward, and I can say I have never done so with so much sincere belief and inspiration for what is to come from American politics and the American People in the years ahead.
My friends, foes, and fellow people: Let's do this right, and let's do this together.