I wrote a guide to the presidential candidates about a month ago, and I said at that time that given the issues John McCain seemed like the best candidate. I think alot of my warm feelings for him came from my days as a Democratic Party campaigner four years ago, when there briefly seemed to be a very good possibility that he might breach the partisan divide and run with John Kerry. For years McCain was the good conservative to alot of liberals, who was beyond petty bickering and division. I'm not the only one who has felt this way. Matt Welch, author of John McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, has expressed that he had a brief love affair with McCain when he became an antagonist towards the Religious Right back in 2000. Welch changed suit when he began reading McCain's books, and has actually contended that McCain was the neoconservative choice over George W. Bush in 2000.
Dan Carlin, host of the podcasts Common Sense and Hardcore History, picked out John McCain along with Ron Paul as candidates to support in the midst of all the liars and "weasels" that were running for the highest office. Carlin later repudiated that after McCain beat down Paul as being an isolationist of the strand that inadvertently kept Hitler in power. Like with myself and Welch, Carlin probably had developed warm feelings for McCain more due to his pragmatic personality and amazing and inspirational life story than real policy stances.
This presidential cycle should be enlightening as we will get an image of John McCain as a prospective president, and not simply as a man worthy of admiration. In an election where change is forefront, we may start to wonder if McCain is not as different from Bush as we had originally thought.