Mike Gallagher

I will no longer engage in bashing any of the Republican candidates for president. Any of the four remaining would be infinitely better for our country than President Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama.

This isn’t some kind of game show or reality TV program. We have the future of our country at stake. We’re fighting a war with terrorists who would love to blow the United States off the map if they had the chance. We have illegal immigrants streaming into our country so they can siphon our health care, job opportunities, and social services.

We need to keep our eye on the ball. Let’s consider “big picture” stuff for a minute. If John McCain gets the party nomination, do you really think he’d appoint more liberal judges than the two remaining Democrats? Do you honestly think that he’d be worse on national security issues than Clinton or Obama, either of whom would have us wave the white flag of surrender in Iraq? And now that McCain has finally heard the American people on the subject of illegal immigration and has repeatedly vowed to seal the border and go after employers who hire illegals, can you honestly believe that Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Obama would be better than McCain on illegal immigration?

Listen, there’s plenty of reason to feel uncomfortable with a John McCain candidacy. I didn’t like his Gang of 14 any more than the next guy. But let’s at least remember the outcome: unlike Clinton or Obama, Sen. McCain voted for John Roberts.

Republicans are going to put Romney, McCain, Huckabee or Paul up against one of two radical, liberal Democrats. I’ll vote for any of these four men. And Republican voters will go to the polls and decide which one has the best of beating Hillary or Barack. All four of them are good and decent individuals, each with strengths and weaknesses that keep us from finding the “perfect conservative.” But a Ronald Reagan comes along about once in a few lifetimes.

I won’t be bashing any of the Republican candidates because when it comes right down to it, how can I justify beating any of them up now, only to be expected to support them in November?

There’s nothing wrong with a fair and honest decision-making process. But let’s put away the sledgehammers, ok?

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.