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The presidential race poll numbers are tightening and the pundits are salivating. Their interpretations are quite disturbing.  The recent Russia-Georgia crisis and John McCain’s quick response was a major factor.  Even though we only have one president at the time, John McCain was quicker to respond than the White House. John even dispensed Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, as unofficial envoys.  Georgia requested Joe Biden.  This conflict has been going on for over two years, and Georgia is no match for Russia. We are bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, so we really don't have a military option on the table.  Condoleezza Rice recently signed a missile defense shield agreement with Poland angering the Russians even more.  In the meantime, the Defense Department announced they will be sending 15,000 more troops to Afghanistan at the end of the year, so they don't seem to be worried about this conflict militarily.

The second part of the poll is disturbing.  It showed that over 30% of the respondents do not think America is ready for a black president. OK, when?

 In 2004,  George W. Bush got 75% of the evangelical vote, after the Rick Warren debate, McCain will get at that amount or more ,because steadfast will beat nuance every time with a crowd that has the "either you're with me or against me" mentality.  One of the questions was "Is there evil in the world and can we defeat it?"  Naturally Obama gave a nuance answer explaining that evil can be defined in many ways, and the crowd remained silent.  John McCain came in on cue and said “I will defeat it” and then he went on into his "I will follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell” and was rewarded with a rousing applause.

The pundits are saying John McCain will pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate, leaving us to believe that he will only serve one term; thinking any Republican could defeat a liberal like Joe Lieberman in the next election.  Now the polls are tightening McCain might to go with safer choice like Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.  Therefore, where is putting the country first, in these calculating choices?

If you have time read this funny article by Maureen Dowd

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/opinion/20dowd.html?hp

We had eight years of steadfast. Do we really want another eight years?