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John McCain's gracious concession speech last night -- delivered in earnest and without reservation -- was dead on the mark. For the first time in over a year, the John McCain that has been honorably serving our country and keeping his own conscience for decades reappeared on national television. It was as if an exorcism had been performed. What a shame that for all his years of service, most of the world will only know him by the show he put on in the last few months.
I said during the nomination process that of all the possible candidates, these two men would be the best choices to put forward. In past elections, I've understood the expression "hold your nose and choose least bad option." This time, we had the choice between two good men. While I firmly believe that of the two, the clear better choice to run our nation is Barak Obama, that doesn't mean I think for a minute that John McCain isn't a good man as well. What I learned during the election process though, was that he wasn't able to resist the tidal forces that pull a candidate in directions they just never wanted to go.
What does it mean when such an honorable, frank, and principled man is convinced that to keep the support of his party he must accept such behavior and put up with such actions as to be so untrue to himself and his constituency?
To my friends in the rest of the world, I'm sorry you didn't get to see more of the man that John McCain has been in the past.
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