Ross Mackenzie

— A President Barack Obama, named by the National Journal as the Senate’s most liberal member in 2007, who campaigns as a post-partisan uniter on not only race but ideology — saying dismissively: “A liberal, oh he’s a liberal — a liberal. This is what I would call old politics. This is the stuff we’re trying to get rid of. . . . Those old categories don’t work”?

— A President Clinton or Obama who favors raising income taxes, corporate taxes and Social Security taxes? Who supports socialized medicine and expanded government regulation of the economy? Who — either of them — is one of the most pro-union candidates ever to seek the presidency?

— A President McCain who believes we should “stay strong” and “never surrender” in Iraq, or a President Obama or Clinton seemingly as invested in our defeat there and in the broader Islamofascist terror war as their ideological precursors were invested in our defeat in Vietnam? Indeed, a President Obama or Clinton effectively denying the Koranic sanction and inspiration for jihad?

— A President McCain rated one of the Senate’s most conservative members, or a President Obama who has broken with liberal orthodoxy in no discernible major area?

— A President Clinton or Obama totally enrolled in global-warming extremism, or a President McCain willing to take certain steps in the global-warming area while recognizing some may vastly overstate the human role in warming?

— A President Clinton or Obama who fails to comprehend (a) the meaning of the uprising in Tibet in this Olympic hour, (b) the importance of a Colombia free-trade pact, or (c) the consequences of defeat in Iraq — or a President McCain fully engaged and tuned-in?

We’re talking necessity here, if not conviction. So it is indeed time for hypercritical conservatives and business types to get over it — to bury their egos and their lingering hesitations or reservations — and support a John McCain with the appeal to the moderates and independents that any national Republican has to have to prevail against a lunatic leftism.

Then, with a President-elect McCain on his way to the White House, there will be plenty of time to focus on more crucial issues in the public arena — such as who really was responsible for the deaths of Dodi Fayed and Princess Di.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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