Investors Business Daily, IBD, yesterday finally climbed aboard the John 'Wayne' McCain presidential train that was pulling quickly out of the GOP station.
After months of dissing Fred Thompson while promoting Rudy Giuliani, IBD has graciously and gracefully---with only a tad bit of grousing---endorsed, RIGHTLY endorsed in my opinion--the presumed Republican candidate in the fall presidential election.
There are very few issues I take issue with in IBD's editorial pages, but its earlier presidential endorsement for Rudy was certainly one of them. Undoubtedly they liked some of his campaign promises to abolish estate and capital gains taxes.
Still, it was a tad bit too much, too soon for me and I wondered when and if they would come around to McCain.
I hoped they would not stay in the corner pouting and sucking its thumb with Rush and Ann and other disgruntled ultra-conservatives.
But yesterday and today IBD has shown they can love and lose, only to come back and love---well sort of---again. They showed they can move on like the adults they are. Bully for them.
Among the highlights of today's editorial, it gave high marks to McCain for making the following campaign pledges at yesterday's CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) conference in Washington D.C., where McCain "made the most important speech of his life so far." That's because he was facing many combative conservatives who were not happy that McCain is the new leader of the party.
McCain knocked the ball out of the park by flatly stating he will:
*** Cut taxes on individuals and corporations, and end the alternative minimum tax (AMT).
***Use markets, not big government, to solve health care problems.
***Appoint federal judges and Supreme Court justices in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito.
***Put Iran on notice that its espousal of the destruction of Israel and its hatred of the U.S. will earn out implacable opposition to its bid to gain a nuclear bomb.
***WIN the war against terrorism, arguing convincingly that losing in Iraq would result in far greater losses than any we've seen, and he "will NOT allow it to happen."
"These are all profoundly conservative stances But the last one is especially, and vitally, important....for all Americans. Indeed, it's the main point of difference between Democrats and Republicans. Those who think a vote one way or the other won't matter aren't thinking seriously."
IBD's endorsement will be a boon to McCain and also to its own credibility as the finest conservative business newspaper in the country.