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John McCain: Why I won’t be voting for my hero

Posted by Bill Nance on August 18, 2008

John McCain is a man I’ve admired for a long time, for a lot of reasons. He has lots of terrific qualities, including personal courage, a willingness to buck the establishment, an honest commitment to attempt to get the influence of big money out of politics, and unlike many in the Republican party is neither a religious zealot or pretending to be one. That’s why I’m saddened that I can’t cast my vote for a guy I enthusiastically supported in 2000.

So why am I not voting for a man I used to admire so highly?

Because he sold his soul to the Devil in order to get the nomination. (Free registration required)

There are very few single-issue votes I cast. As a former journalist covering politics, I know that governing is the art of the possible. Politics is all about compromise. You have to give a little to get a little. And on a contentious issue, the best answer is often one in which everyone is a little disappointed. Most people fail to grasp this reality. A legislator is often forced to vote for a bill he’d rather not, because it contains something he really really wants. Conversely they sometimes vote against a bill they favor because someone put in an amendment that was a deal-breaker. In general, it’s unfair to look at a vote for or against a piece of legislation without taking into consideration the details of the vote, because the real reasons behind that vote might be a lot more telling than the vote itself.

But when it comes to voting for or against a bill which makes it illegal for the U.S. government to use interrogation techniques we prosecuted at the Nuremberg Trials, there can be no compromise. To vote against this one puts someone firmly in the camp of people who shame America.

-Nuff said


One Response to “John McCain: Why I won’t be voting for my hero”

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