I look forward to helping Governors like Rick Perry in Texas, Representatives like Michele Bachmann in Minnesota, and heroes and statesmen like Senator John McCain. We will support these candidates and others so that they can continue to fight for our American values. - Emphasis Mine
Ok, lets forget "ancient history" concerning McCain. Lets instead review recent history. One of the main reasons Obama won the presidency was because McCain was such a weak opponent. Being well known as a RHINO (Republican In Name Only), he failed to mobilize the Conservative base. McCain is also well known for his record of supporting Democrat agendas in preference to Republican ones - until he gets caught, that is. Most of that time, he doesn't even mind that he was "caught." As well are the many stories of the man who simply cannot control his anger - who abuses staffers as well as junior congressmen.
In addition, the United States Supreme court yesterday rightfully struck down large portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law, stating that those provisions were unconstitutional. That hideous piece of legislation had Conservatives howling mad ever since it became law in 2002. It severely limited 1st amendment rights by preventing corporations and labor unions from paying for electoral adds within 60 days of an election. As well, it had many bloggers and internet news sites nervous of supporting political candidates within that time frame. Basically, it allowed government to regulate the free speech of the private sector.
What was McCain's response to this? "I am disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court and the lifting of the limits on corporate and union contributions."
Sarah Palin has long been touted as an independent voice, with Stuart Williamson writing for the American Thinker in July of 2009:
She is unswervingly honest. She hates liars and cheats. She spent many years exposing powerful entrenched opponents in a state whose politics had become sleazy, and has a keen nose for corruption What she says, she means. She makes no idle promises. This honesty is what brought her into politics in the first place.
I must ask, how is stumping for McCain an act of honesty? How is promoting a liar and cheat in any way ethical? How can supporting McCain, who attempted to influence a socialist democrat to jump parties, an act of honor?
Many conservatives, myself included, have applauded the stances that Palin has apparently taken in the past. Yet now with this move for support of McCain, I am forced to take a closer look at her as well as her policies. If she is willing to stump for McCain, what else is she willing to do?