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My Optimism

McCain's victory tonight is a big step toward his nomination (for the first time, I think, he actually said, "I will be the nominee ...".)  The fact that Fox called it immediately, says something.   It seems now likely that he will officially clinch on March 4th. 
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His victory speech was much more energetic than in Virginia -- another sign that he is gaining momentum.

So why am I more optimistic than some? 

My take has always been that McCain could beat Hillary for two reasons:  Conservatives would turn out to defeat her, and independents would support McCain.

... But my concern has been how he matches up against Obama. 

If I sound overly-optimistic, it's because I'm starting to see that Obama can, in fact, be painted as a bad guy whose ideology would be dangerous for America.  McCain is wisely getting to this task immediately.  And because of his background, he has (in a matter of days) begun to define Obama in a way that Hillary has not been able to do in more than a year.

I also think there's been enough "doom-and-gloom" this year about the GOP's chances.  Much of it, I think, is overwrought. 

McCain has a long way to go, but he seems to be on the right track.

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