A few weeks back I was listening to Bush’s former press secretary, Scott something or other I think is his name — an interesting fellow, he seems to take every chance he gets to do something to impugne Bush. Nothing out of the ordinary in our polarized political world…except for the “he is his former press secretary” part. Meaning (I presume) a Republican. One wonders what was going behind the scenes there! Anyway, this was shortly after this fellow announced he was supporting Obama for President. In an interview I saw with him, he cited as his primary reason for voting for Obama that he wanted a candidate who would “reach across the aisle,” and he believed Obama was the person who could do that.

I watched with my jaw literally agape.

Has Obama ever sponsored a piece of legislation with a Republican? Has he ever compromised in order to meet a Congressional Republican halfway to get something accomplished? Not that I know of. (Remember, this is the person with the most liberal voting record in the Senate. He even voted to prevent babies who survived an attempted abortion from then receiving medical care! That’s pretty darn far left.) But wait! There is a candidate who has in fact demonstrated through deeds — more than once! — that he will reach across the aisle to get things done. That candidate is John McCain. It’s one of the things I admire about him. Senators and Representatives should work slavishly for American citizens…not slavishly for a political party.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write something about this for some time now but have been too busy. I am voting for McCain in this election, and I hope you will too. If you’re a liberal who’s fairly far left on the political spectrum, Obama is your candidate, no doubt about it. If you vote for Obama, vote for him for reasons based in reality, vote for him because you agree with his political positions. If the number one thing you’re looking for is “reaching across the aisle,” then McCain is your candidate, no ifs ands or buts.

I’m voting for McCain because:

(1) he believes when it comes to babies in the womb, it’s the baby who has the right — the right to live

(2) he’s highly qualified — political experience and military experience — and has shown sound judgement in his past decisions

(3) he does what he thinks is right — even when it’s unpopular (loudly supporting the “surge” in Iraq, for example, when naysayers said it was a lost cause and another Vietnam, and [see “judgement] it’s worked) — it seems to me he’s had to tone this down a bit in the presidential election, but I believe it’ll be back in full force when he’s president

(4) on a whole set of social and economic issues he is a conservative (in some nuances not as conservative as some would like, but nothing that makes me overly concerned as a social and economic conservative)

(5) I admire him as an American and a human being — for serving his country in Vietnam and going through what he did there and coming out of it in sound mental shape if not 100% physical. Okay, this in and of itself is maybe not a reason to vote for someone. (And if he held Obama’s political views, I wouldn’t.) But patriotism is important in a President, and there’s no doubt he’s got it.

(6) McCain — in my analysis — has never defined himself with the label “Republican.” To be sure, his views line up with the Republican Party and not with the Democrats. But I believe he has defined himself by his beliefs and by a will to get things done. As someone who needs no help from the Republican Party platform to determine her beliefs — and is not necessarily in step with every plank (I fully support the 2nd Ammendment and the right to bear arms but I would require a licensing procedure just like for driving a car, for example) — this is something I respect.

I could probably write more but I’ve already said more than I initially intended to. If you care about your country, please vote your conscience on Tuesday, if you haven’t already.