The Worst Day That Was The Best

To many observers, it seemed like the campaign of John McCain had reached its low point sometime in mid-July.  The campaign had spent most of its money, had hired too many staffers and was dropping quickly in the polls.

That was when John McCain decided to make some major changes.  He reduced spending, restructured his campaign and, overall, created a leaner, more flexible operation.

To many, these changes were a sign that the campaign had reached a point of desperation.  Time would reveal that they were the first steps to restoring health to a campaign that is just beginning to demonstrate its true strength.

For, the best day is not the day when things look artificially bright but the day things start heading in the right direction.  That is the day that ultimately leads to victory.

So, one could argue that sweltering day in July that seemed to be the worst day of the campaign was really the best day in disguise.

But it wasn’t the only time John McCain turned a bad day into a good one.  There was a day in the war that seemed like the worst day.  In fact, the whole year had been one of the costliest and most discouraging, as plan after plan failed and the toll in life, limb and property rose unabated. 

That was the year John McCain’s plan for the Iraq war was finally enacted.  And that was the day when things finally started to turn around in what had been a stalemate.  And that is the plan that is starting to bring stability and, slowly, paving the way for political reconciliation, too.

America does not need a president who has never been tested.  America needs a president who has faced the hard times and found a way to succeed.  America will face difficult challenges and seemingly insurmountable problems.  But we can trust the captain who has navigated through rough waters to guide America through even the most difficult straits.


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