Heroic veteran naval officer and veteran United States Senator John Sidney McCain has a huge advantage over Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., a rookie United States Senator with no military experience, no executive experience, little foreign policy experience and little legislative accomplishment.
Obama was not about to pick the better qualified Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate, but in picking a running mate he did acknowledge the importance of foreign policy experience and seniority by picking Senator Joseph Robinette Biden, who has even more United States Senate service than McCain and has been chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since the Democrats took control of the Senate back from the Republicans.
Ironically, Obama, the so-called change candidate, essentially tried to do what President George W. Bush did in 2000: pick an older running mate with lots of Washington, D.C. experience who would reassure America and somehow transfer his foreign policy expertise and experience to the man who picked him. (In 2000 now Vice President Richard Cheney already had been a Congressional leader, President Ford's Chief of Staff, President George H. W. Bush's Secretary of Defense and a CEO of a major corporation.)
But the fact is that Obama's, the No. 1 liberal in the United States Senate, picked the No. 3 liberal in the United States Senate (as ranked by non-partisan National Journal), a fellow pro-abortion supporter who (like Senator John Kerry, the Democrats' 2004 presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi) poses as a faithful Catholic while rejecting a fundamental teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and sacrilegiously and scandalously receives Holy Communion from distributors of Holy Communion who accommodate him by disregarding canon (church) law.
None of the major presidential or vice presidential candidates is perfect. (No one is.)
But McCain is immensely preferably to Obama.
McCain courageously chose military service as a career.
Obama calculatingly chose law school.
McCain knows that life begins at conception.
Obama claims not to know when life begins. He said at the Saddleback Forum that only someone above his pay grade might know. And even though he claims not to know, he won't give the benefit of the alleged doubt to an unborn baby and, as an Illinois state senator, did his best to make sure that babies born alive as a result of botched abortions be left to die, as their mothers obviously intended.
Likewise, Palin is immensely preferable to Biden.
Palin walks the walk as well as talks the talk.
Biden is a survivor, having recovered from two brain aneurysms.
Palin REALLY is pro-life.
Palin did not abort her fifth child, who has Down's syndrome, and Palin's teenage daughter did not choose abortion when she learned she pregnant and instead chose to continue her pregnancy.
In sharp contrast, Obama himself, in speaking of hypothetical pregnancies of his own young daughters, had described the continuation of such pregnancies as being "punished with a baby" and he was emphatic that he did not want that for his daughters.
McCain has ample experience and, generally, the values a President of the United States should have.
Obama lacks the military and executive experience and critical values a President of the United States should have.
Biden has ample legislative experience, but lacks the military and executive experience and critical values a President of the United States should have.
Palin lacks military and legislative experience, but she has executive experience and, even more than McCain, the values a President of the United States should have. (Perhaps she will convince him that drilling in ANWR is best for America!)
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.