The McCain camp has just e-mailed an advance copy of his remarks to be delivered today in Virginia Beach, Va. He’s pitching his awful individual mortgage buy-up plan again, but it’s the ending I want to focus on:
What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.
I know you’re worried. America is a great country, but we are at a moment of national crisis that will determine our future. Will we continue to lead the world’s economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren’s future be brighter than ours?
My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer. Yes, we will pass on to our children a stronger, better country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage and wisdom.
I know what fear feels like. It’s a thief in the night who robs your strength.
I know what hopelessness feels like. It’s an enemy who defeats your will.
I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again. I’m an American. And I choose to fight.
Don’t give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight.
Fight for a new direction for our country.
Fight for what’s right for America.
Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.
Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.
Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.
Fight for our children’s future.
Fight for justice and opportunity for all.
Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.
Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.
Now, let’s go win this election and get this country moving again.
Sounds swell, “my friend.” But as I said on Fox and Friends this morning, “our friend” needs to embrace his own advice and ditch the Hello Kitty mittens. How are we supposed to take his call to arms seriously when he continues to shush conservatives (reminder that this is Mr. “Calm Down” we’re talking about) and tell his supporters that we have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency?
It’s a hell of a lot easier to “Fight for what’s right for America” when your candidate leaves the toddler leashes at home.
Here’s my F&F segment with Greg Gutfeld, who quipped: “It’s better to win bitterly than lose gracefully.