Count me as off the Straight Talk Express.
I used to be a fan of McCain, but his constant toadying is really starting to chap my hide, and this comment is the final straw. McCain would commit suicide if the Dems regained control of Congress. Because the Republicans have been doing such a bang-up job, eh buddy? Fiscal responsibility? Check. Responsible foreign policy? Check. Preventing nuclear proliferation? Check.
The Bush Administration and its Congressional cronies have the anti-Midas touch--everything they come into contact with turns foul and rotten. The Republican party in its current incarnation is a party that wants to deny marriage to homosexuals while hiding a sexual predator in its ranks. It is a party that uses fear to keep the electorate in line. It is a country that only cares about the threat of terrorism when it is politically expedient to do so, while pandering to religious extremism within this country. It is a party that cares next to nothing for women, for minorities, for immigrants and for the poor. It is a party that wishes to outlaw abortion, but it is also a party that wishes to eliminate or restrict various methods of contraception, including adequate sex education for our young people. It is a party that holds the rights of the unborn in high esteem, yet consistently restricts funding programs designed to help needy children. It is a party that declaims vociferously about the sanctity of life, yet displays a wanton callousness regarding the number of civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a party that actively suppresses scientific studies on a wide array of subjects, including stem cell research, women's health and the environment. It is a party full of corrupt men who have no shame about their corruption.
And it is a party that loyal and patriotic citizens are leaving in droves. One such loyal and patriotic citizen is Jim Webb. Electing Webb will send a message to the current administration: this country will not tolerate corruption and cronyism and fear-mongering. Electing Webb will send a message that we demand change, that we demand honesty and that we demand accountability. Electing Webb will send a message that Virginians are not represented by the racist, homophobic and reactionary views of George Allen. Allen doesn't speak for me, he doesn't speak for Virginia, and he doesn't speak for America. Let's make sure our message is heard loud and clear in Congress and in the White House.