Then the intensity of the 2008 campaign trail kicked in. McCain found himself increasingly outnumbered by Americans who didn't much appreciate his arrogant ignorance of border security and what it meant to the average American. He resisted to his earlier urges which likely would have caused him to mock Americans who really want nothing more than for those crossing the Mexican/American border to simply do so - over there at the legal crossing point, with proper I.D.
Americans aren't confused, we understand just how reasonable such a policy is.
Nonetheless faced with the open hostility McCain began to back-peddle, morph his language, and modify his position. In the aftermath he picked up two serious victories - albeit that they occurred in "open" primary voting.
His mea culpa, that he has expressed somewhat less than articulately, in the debates gave him cover. He was a "convert" on border security. He had "seen the light." (Though claiming that he had never changed his position.)
I honestly think voters WANT to give John McCain the benefit of the doubt. He is a decorated war hero. And he was the leading voice in strategy and passion for getting the Iraq equation corrected in some of the post-Saddam aftermath.
Yet his refusal to do the right thing on border security for so long had left many an American (not mention GOP primary voters) with such a queasy feeling that to this day do not see themselves supporting his candidacy.
Thusly when uber-blogger Michelle Malkin, and her cohort Bryan Preston at HotAir, uncovered McCain's daughter's own blog, with a picture of the McCain campaign in operation and Mexican-rights' champion in tow - it spoke volumes to anyone who had misgivings about Senator Cranky.
Actually - it confirmed those misgivings and causes us to wonder the damage McCain's "open border" policy would have brought the American people.
For all the progress that the American soldier has made in keeping terror at bay overseas it does us precious little good if middle-eastern terrorists are able with their olive skin tone move to Mexico City for a period of time, learn Spanish with fluent Mexican dialect, adopt Mexican dress, customs, and lifestyle then transgress our border while in the midst of illegal aliens simply looking for a better way of life than what they find south of the border.
Border Patrol agents confirmed to me in private briefings in 2006 that since January 2003 their agents had detained more than 800 persons of middle-eastern origin on the southern border attempting to enter the country illegally. Of those in more than 60 cases, U.S. Authorities had confirmed ties to an array of international terrorist organizations.
September 11th was carried out by one-third as many persons - and THAT was in 2006.
By McCain even allowing the presence of Juan Hernandez within his campaign organization's ranks, he confirms the worst that many had feared. John McCain, the arrogant maverick, who opposed the Bush tax cuts, who restricted our freedom of speech with his anti-first-amendment legislation "McCain-Feingold", who sought to undermine the justices being nominated by President George W. Bush, and who served up arrogance and stiffed-neck hostility towards the American people on one of the most worrisome issues of our times - instead of humility and a desire to ensure border security, is a candidate who does not deserve the support of patriotic Americans.
Dr. Hernandez's presence, advice, and influence on John McCain demonstrates just how out of touch the Senator still is.
Senator McCain has served our nation, in some ways even admirably, and for that we say "Thank You!"
Unfortunately that is simply not enough to be our next President, and American citizens patriots should easily understand why.