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John McCain er iferd med å skrive historie. På høyresiden i USA har man sagt at han ikke kan vinne fordi for mange konservative er mot ham. At han har vist for stor uavhengighet, i spørsmål som skatter og ulovlig innvandring. McCain har vist at han prinsipper og står for dem, som da han drev frem torturforbudet i Kongressen, stikk i strid med Det hvite hus. Utenrikspolitisk er McCain far til the Surge i Irak. Folk ser at han har dømmekraft. Han fikk rett.

Men av samme grunn er det brede feltet av sentrum-venstre i Europa lunkne til ham. NRK har hele tiden sagt at nå som økonomien blir viktig, har Romney et fortrinn. De tok feil.

When McCain appeared — standing on stage with just his wife Cindy and two giant American flags — he was clearly a happy man, but happy in a decidedly un-cocky, deeply grateful way. «My friends, I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition,» he told the crowd. «But serve a cause greater than self- interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime than the fleeting pleasure of fame and fortune. For me, that greater cause has always been my country, which I have served imperfectly for many years, but have loved without any reservation every day of my life.»

«However this campaign turns out — and I am more confident tonight that it will turn out much better than once expected — I am grateful beyond expression for the prospect that I might serve her a little while longer.»

With that, the crowd began chanting, as it had many times during the night, MAC IS BACK! MAC IS BACK! MAC IS BACK!

McCain: The Man Who Came Back From the Dead
Scenes from an unlikely victory celebration in New Hampshire.

Byron York i National Review

Denne teksten er fra seieren i New Hampshire, men passer godt på resultatet i Florida.