Phil Burress, head of the Ohio group, Citizens for Community Values, gave an interesting quote in today's New York Time's article, McCain's Effort to Woo Conservatives Is Paying Off:
"For me this election is primarily about the next Supreme Court appointments," Mr. Burress later wrote in an e-mail message explaining that Mr. McCain had won him over. "John McCain, unlike most politicians, will not be bullied, threatened, paid off or pressured into changing his position."
Interesting, since it does seem that McCain was indeed bullied. After all, Focus on the Family's James Dobson was very vocal about not voting for McCain because of McCain's earlier stance on abortion. McCain had to do something to garner those much needed evangelical votes, so he brought in the guns; well, the gun-toting mom, otherwise known as Sarah Palin. Now Dobson is going to rally his troops in McCain's favor.
McCain's response has proven just how weak a man he is by kowtowing to the Christian conservatives. Instead of being true to his convictions, McCain decided to go for the votes. What is upsetting in his decision is that he is allowing one issue to be the driving force in selecting a vice president, one who doesn't support sex education and is against a woman's right to choose. But before any administration fights for the unborn, wouldn't it be more advantageous to first build a country where the economy is strong, a country where we aren't using fear to hijack democracy, a country that values the quality of life and not just the quantity?