Ten days ago, I declared on CentreRight my support for John McCain. I am therefore delighted that he won Florida last night, and is one step closer to becoming the Republican candidate for President.
In my posting ten days ago, I acknowledged that when McCain spoke to the Conservative Party Conference in 2006, he did not excite or enthrall us. But the more I have seen and heard of him, and of the other contenders, the more I believe that he is absolutely the best candidate for President. His consistent focus on security, highlighting - thoughtfully - the challenge of radical Islamism and terrorism, as well as his consistent support of democracy and human rights, and his criticism of torture wherever it is used, makes him for me, in our times, the man we need.
In his victory speech in Florida, he set out a vision of government which is as Conservative as you could get. Some people claim he is not really a conservative. That is absurd. Listen to this (you need to stay with it beyond the platitudes and opening remarks)...
I am surprised that some Conservatives are backing Democrats. I can see the superficial attraction to Obama. He is likeable, and has a positive message of change. But I worry about the lack of substance, especially on foreign policy, and his inexperience. People who back him underestimate the profoundly challenging issues of our times, notably radical Islamism, terrorism, and tyranny. Yet even harder to understand are those Tories who have declared for Hillary. The idea of having Hillary and Bill back in the White House makes me sick - the lies, deceit, arrogance and sheer self-absorbed pursuit of power for its own sake, with nothing in common with Conservative values .... Alan Duncan, Simon Burns, why??
I hope that McCain goes on from Florida to win the nomination, and the Presidency.