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McCain = Dangerous

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Who would have thought that voting for the young, relatively inexperienced black guy would be the safe choice? In the most-important decision that a Presidential candidate can make McCain has proven yet again that he is erratic, impulsive, and unfit for command.

We now know that the Rove machine insisted that he choose Romney, while McCain stubbornly insisted on Lieberman. They then seemed to have all settled on Pawlenty, when for some reason McCain at the last minute chatted with Governor Palin for fifteen minutes about ANWAR and voila'!, McCain suddenly decided that Palin would make an excellent potential leader of the free world.

We've already had eight years of someone shooting from the hip, using their gut instead of reason, looking into Putin's eyes and seeing a good man. The result has been that we Americans are more vulnerable and isolated than ever in our history.

McCain and his volcanic temper, erratic judgment and rash decision making are a danger to the Republic.

Just imagine life under McCain. The calls comes in at 3 a.m. saying that a dirty bomb was just detonated in downtown Omaha. Early intel lays the blame on Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

"Unleash a dozen cruise missiles on Tehran," barks McCain.

An hour later it's discovered that the dirty bomb was actually the product of Pakistani extremists loosely connected with al Qaeda.

Tehran initially retaliates by blowing up several of our embassies in the region killing hundreds, but that is only the beginning...

The Obama camp needs to link two words together in the minds of the undecided: "McCain" and "Dangerous."

Don't take my word for it. This is what the Arizona Republic wrote about him in an editorial back in 1999:

"Arizona Sen. John McCain has staked much of his claim to the presidency on his character: his status as war hero; his service to his country; his commitment to a cause, his country, bigger than himself.

These are legitimate claims to support by McCain, and worthy of voter attention and consideration. But there are other aspects of McCain's character, less flattering, also worthy of voter attention and consideration....Many Arizonans active in policymaking have been the victim of McCain's volcanic temper and his practice of surrounding himself with aides and allies who regard politics, in the words of his paid Arizona chairman, state House Speaker Jeff Groscost, as a "bloodsport."

...McCain often insults people and flies off the handle....If McCain is truly a serious contender for the presidency, it is time the rest of the nation learned about the John McCain we know in Arizona. There is much there to admire. After all, we have supported McCain in his past runs for office.

But the presidency is different. There is also reason to seriously question whether McCain has the temperament, and the political approach and skills, we want in the next president of the United States."

"If McCain is truly a serious contender for the presidency, it is time the rest of the nation learned about the John McCain we know in Arizona. There is also reason to seriously question whether he has the temperament, and the political approach and skills, we want in the next president of the United States."