Hugh Hewitt

First, did you see McCain's strong and principled response to Russia's rape of Georgia? It was a great political moment because it was first and foremost a great American moment wherein a leader stood up for the victims of totalitarian aggression. If you were still having trouble getting motivated about the fall campaign, the crisis in Georgia should remind you of the stakes, and of how the occupant of the Oval Office can either rally the world or, with a call for U.N. mediation like Obama issued, declare the aggressor also the victor.

You still aren't over your disappointment that Fred or Mitt or Mike isn't the nominee? Have you read through the Obama response to the Corsi book? It was intended to bury Corsi but it in fact resurrected all of the doubts about Obama's background and shady pals. Skip the Corsi book and order David Freddoso's The Case Against Barack Obama for all the reasons you'll ever need to work hard against the Dalibama.

Still not off the bench? Do you want energy for the country's future? McCain's not there yet on ANWR, but after the Russian lurch towards Georgia's pipeline, the national security case for exploring ANWR got stronger. Perhaps McCain will save an ANWR announcement for his acceptance speech, but even if he doesn't, McCain is solidly behind both coastal exploration and rapid development of the scores of new nuke plants that we need.

Personally, I hope he names Romney as veep while announcing that he's putting Romney in charge of a team that will include the Secretaries of Energy and Commerce and charge them with revitalizing the country's energy and automobile sectors. If he does that and sends Romney off to ANWR in early September on a fact-finding trip and then on a week of intense talks in Detroit with the struggling captains of the car business, the already-stable McCain campaign will start to surge. The energy that the Romney organization would bring in places like Nevada and Colorado would be enormous, and the contrast of McCain-Romney to Obama-Anyone would be immense. We could actually win this thing.

Of course McCain could disappoint with the VP pick. We both know that. Recall Bob Dole picking Jack Kemp in 1996 --a one day burst of excitement followed by three months of realizing that sometimes you can be too smart when it comes to picking the VP. Right now some senior McCain advisors are arguing for Senator Hutchinson and others for Secretary Ridge, both of which would fall pretty flat with the online activists, which will be the first wave of reaction that will set the tone.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.