A good anaylisis of SP. ++ SARAH PALIN, JOHN McCAIN AND PATRICK HUGHES During this past presidential race, I wanted to get to know what Sarah Palin really believed, but didn’t think we would know as the McCain machine had tight shackles on her during the campaign. I have urged people not to make up their minds about her one way or the other until we could really find out what she stands for. Therefore, I have been looking forward to reading her book to try and get a better understanding about this charismatic person who might well be a candidate for president in 2012. Then last week, she endorsed John McCain in his re-election bid as Arizona’s senior senator. What a disappointment, for Palin to play such an establishment game. I can understand her not opposing McCain, after all his choice of Sarah propelled her to the national stage and set her up for where she is today. But it would have been much better for her to remain silent rather than support such a moderate Republican as McCain. To be honest, I would support having 3rd party candidates or independents on the ballot if we had a general election run off system in our state. However, we don’t and I believe it requires so much energy to raise up a third party or independent candidate to the minimum support level for a Republican or Democrat candidate that I believe those efforts are a waste of time and energy. On top of near impossibility of such a candidacy leading to success, independent candidates may actually lead to the election of a bad candidate over a good candidate or the greater of two evils, rather than the lesser of two evils in some races. At the national level the Democrat party is a lost cause with it being fully under control of the most radical leftists and progressives in our nation. However, there is a tremendous battle going on for the soul of the Republican party. Will the Republicans continue their slow slide toward progressive statists or will it purify itself and refocus on conservative principles? Much of talk radio has come alive and is challenging such notions of trying to be just a little less liberal than the Democrats. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of McCain shows incredibly poor judgment or a willingness to play the game. Many of the tea party and 912 groups are tired of playing the games. They have been educating themselves and are looking for true leaders with a respect and understanding of the Constitution. On top of that, they are looking for people that will take a stand upon those principles. McCain has little to none of those qualities and Sara runs the risk of defining the word "rogue" as meaning establishment and nothing different than those who have preceded her. Today, there will be a primary election in Illinois which pit’s a very liberal Republican establishment candidate who believes in global warming, cap and trade, is opposed to drilling in anwar and even supports partial birth abortion. Opposing him is a conservative Republican businessman by the name of Patrick Hughes. If Sarah wants to be taken seriously as a "conservative" then she needs to be supporting candidates like Mr. Hughes rather than supporting worn out liberals such as McCain. As for me, the jury is still out on Sarah, but supporting McCain certainly earns her strike one, with 2 more to go before she strikes out.