"Two months after withdrawing from a bitter race for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday heeded widespread calls for party unity and endorsed one-time rival George W. Bush, insisting he nonetheless would continue pressing for reforms resisted by the GOP leadership.
"McCain, whose nomination battle with Bush was marked by personal acrimony and vitriol, said he told the Texas governor that he would support him enthusiastically but did not want to be considered as his running mate this fall.
"Bush, whose vice presidential plans reportedly did not include McCain, welcomed his backing and held out an olive branch of his own. Bush said he expects the Arizona maverick to have a high-profile role at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
The voters have spoken and the last of Trump's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination has suspended his own campaign as futile.
Party unity should be a two-way street, owed by both establishment Republicans and insurgents, not a one-way street.
Trump won a hard fought campaign and all seventeen Republican presidential hopefuls had pledged to support the winner.
The other sixteen should keep their word.
No one likes sore losers and party unity is best for the party.
For example, if there is not party unity in Arizona McCain may discover that enough Trump supporters will become disgruntled and decide not to support him for Senator because a secret recording of him complaining that Trump is hurting his chance of reelection was made public.
It behooves both Presidents Bush and Jeb Bush to extend to Donald Trump what McCain honorably gave to President George W, Bush in 2000--enthusiastic support in the presidential election.
The voters decided that three Bush terms is enough for now and a third Clinton term would be a disaster.
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.