I supported John McCain for President seven years ago because I thought he was the real political heir to Ronald Reagan. McCain is a rock-solid conservative who hates Government waste and has little patience for bureaucratic boondoggling as well as a hater of Government pork and fighter for spending restraint. In the House and in the Senate John McCain had a consistent record of supporting smaller and less expensive Government by targeting corporate welfare. Of course one of the things that made me so strong for McCain was his early support for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and the fact that he had the guts to oppose the Anointed One. The Rovian effort to destroy McCain in South Carolina made even a hard-ball political practitioner like me cringe. In his reform crusade, McCain was always trying to level the playing field between Main Street and Wall Street, seeking to curb the power of corporate giants at the expense of small business men and women. McCain is a man of courage, principle and integrity, a man who has "walked the walk not just talked the talk", a man unafraid to take on the "Special Interests". This year I thought I was supporting McCain the maverick, talking straight, taking positions, not afraid to face-down his own party when he thinks they are wrong, like on torture. Much like Barry Goldwater whose Senate seat McCain holds, John McCain has an outspoken quality and tendency to say what he thought regardless of who's ox got gored. That McCain, who I respect and admire, is not running in 2008. The McCain that is running seems so uncomfortable in the position of "party man" and "party establishment favorite". He seems like a man that is wearing a pair of shoes too tight. John McCain has long advocated the use of substantially more troops in Iraq. Does anyone truly believe that a surge of only 20,000 will turn the tide? It is antithetical to McCain's long held position that America needed an overwhelming force on the ground, essentially the Powell Doctrine. McCain has chosen fealty to George W. Bush and indeed has hired some Rove second-stringers as well as the producers of the Swift Boat ads that McCain once decried as "despicable" to run his campaign. It pretty much began when McCain went to Virginia to kiss the ring of the Reverend Jerry Falwell who he once called "an agent of intolerance". Now comes word from the New York Times that McCain has returned from Iowa say he is "rethinking" his position on one of his signature issues, immigration. Only weeks before McCain pledged to over-turn Roe vs. Wade, managing to alienate most of the reform-minded Independents who crossed-over to vote for him in New Hampshire seven years ago. The McCain campaign's meager posting in the first Federal Election Commission filings is, more than anything else, a reflection of the market place. There is neither political nor financial support for a war in which we seem to be achieving little at the same time Al Qaeda is resurgent. As one who thinks John McCain would be a great President, I am waiting for the real McCain of 2000 to get into the race.