President Nixon greets John McCain on his return to the US after five years as a POW in Viet Nam.
There's little doubt in my mind as to who I'm likely to cast my vote for as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
It will be Senator John McCain.
I've not signed the delegate pledge yet, but it's pretty clear that Senator McCain is the only man left standing who can get the job done. And the job is a pretty serious one -- defend the United States against the coming onslaught of Islamic jihadism.
That part's a no brainer.
Mike Huckabee ?
Not a chance.
That former Baptist preacher, engaging and likeable as he is, would follow a foreign policy that would echo the failures of Jimmy Carter.
Barack Obama ?
Cut and run in Iraq in January, 2009, followed by a bloodbath in Iraq, the re-establishement of an Al-Quaeda power base there, re-invigorated attacks against Western interests, first in Afghanistan and Pakistan, then in Europe, and quickly thereafter here in the United States.
A likely consequence of electing Barack Obama ?
A nuclear attack on an American city by Al-Quaeda before the end of his administration.
Hillary Clinton ?
Barack Obama, but 90 days slower.
Why then do I resist sending in my delegate pledge form to the McCain campaign ?
It's pretty simple.
At the moment, at least, they don't seem very interested in hearing what I have to say, or what my 279 fellow Romney delegates have to say.
Is that being petty on our part ?
But I think we have some important advice that might give Senator McCain a better chance to win in November. So for the moment, I'll hold on to the vote, and wait to see if an opportunity arises to communicate that advice.
Or the facts may simply be as follows:
Senator McCain doesn't need me or the other 279 Romney delegates. And as a result, my fifteen minutes are gone before they ever happened.