The Politico reports that John McCain is circulating an action plan for staying in the race — basically cutting expenses and trying to utilize free media more effectively while also comparing the McCain campaign to Reagan’s early campaign in 1980.
I’m not sure McCain can make a comeback, but I’ve decided to make a small donation to his campaign regardless. Even if John McCain doesn’t make a political comeback, he has been a staunch supporter of America’s Armed Forces in this and prior conflicts. I may not always agree with Senator McCain on many issues, but when it comes to the most important this Republic faces, he has been as much of a patriot and as shown nearly as much bravery as he did when he faced the torture rooms of the Hanoi Hilton.
At the same time, I’ve decided to give a matching donation to Operation Troop Aid, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Small items like granola bars, hand wipes, and something as simple as letters from home make a huge difference to American servicemembers who can spend days on patrol in the hot and dusty environments of Iraq and Afghanistan.
We who support this war have an obligation to give more than just moral support to our servicemembers fighting in this war — something as simple as a 120 minute phone card, some airline miles, or a care package lets them know that they’re not alone in this struggle. We can’t all serve on the front lines, but we damn well can give to this important cause.
America is lucky to have such patriots, and even if McCain’s campaign may not last all that long, the message he’s conveying on this war is one that needs to be heard — moreover, our troops need more than just the moral support of having a strong advocate in Washington, they need to know that the American people are thinking of them as well.