While I have long thought that the powerful organization and financial war chest of the Hillary Clinton campaign would lead to her nomination for President, I never would have predicted that the Des Monies Register would endorse her for the Iowa Caucuses. I have long felt that the yearning for a break from the Clinton/Bush families in the Oval Office is a desire among the electorate, and felt the Register would reach that conclusion when they made their pick.
From working for children’s rights as a young lawyer, to meeting with leaders around the world as first lady, to emerging as an effective legislator in her service as a senator, every stage of her life has prepared her for the presidency.
That readiness to lead sets her apart from a constellation of possible stars in her party, particularly Barack Obama, who also demonstrates the potential to be a fine president. When Obama speaks before a crowd, he can be more inspirational than Clinton. Yet, with his relative inexperience, it’s hard to feel as confident he could accomplish the daunting agenda that lies ahead. And while I think John McCain is the most sensible and electable Republican running this year, I felt that many had concluded that he was yesterday’s news, and therefore would look at the fresher faces in the race. I was truly surprised that he won the paper’s endorsement. While I am pleased with this endorsement, I am just surprised that they understood his campaign still has vitality, and the power to win.
Time after time, McCain has stuck to his beliefs in the face of opposition from other elected leaders and the public. He has criticized crop and ethanol subsidies during two presidential campaigns in Iowa. He bucked his party and president by opposing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
A year ago, in the face of growing criticism, he staunchly supported President Bush’s decision to increase troop strength in Iraq.In this campaign, he continues to support comprehensive immigration reform — while watching his poll standings plunge. Some other Republican candidates refuse to acknowledge that climate change is a serious threat caused by human activity. McCain has worked on the issue for seven years and sponsored bills to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. McCain would enter the White House with deep knowledge of national-security and foreign-policy issues. He knows war, something we believe would make him reluctant to start one. He’s also a fierce defender of civil liberties. As a survivor of torture, he has stood resolutely against it. He pledges to start rebuilding America’s image abroad by closing the Guantanamo prison and beginning judicial proceedings for detainees.
It is always questionable how much an endorsement matters in elections, but there is going to be much discussion as the result of what the Des Moines Register did this morning in their paper.
There is plenty of that here in this home.