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Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Pleasant Surprise - John McCain in California - The Rick Warren Forum

I guess when you have zero expectations it is easy to be pleasantly surprised, and that is pretty much how I was feeling before the forum yesterday at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church.

McCain was concise, precise and assertive, everything he has not been up to this point. He was unabashedly for offshore drilling. Life begins at conception. There is evil and Osama bin Laden is its face. Evil must be defeated. And on and on it went. An impressive performance.

Obama did okay in his nuanced sort of way. "Yeh but.." seemed to be his theme. For example, he admitted there was such a thing as evil but we have our own evils that we should not lose sight of. How humble and how stupid is that?

The format Warren set up was excellent. We got a good contrast in the thinking and styles of the candidates. I think McCain came off by far the stronger of the two.

I may even get off my butt and do something for the Republican nominee after last night's performance.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn