I've written plenty about what I consider to be John McCain's negatives. He was not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. choice for the Republican nomination. But he is the nominee and is head and shoulders above the alternative. Karl Rove has written a very important column for The Wall Street Journal, Getting to Know John McCain. Rove tells us some things we need to know about John McCain. He concludes:
Americans need to know about his vision for the nation's future, especially his policy positions and domestic reforms. They also need to learn about the moments in his life that shaped him. Mr. McCain cannot make this a biography-only campaign – but he can't afford to make it a biography-free campaign either. Unless he opens up more, many voters will never know the experiences of his life that show his character, integrity and essential decency.
These qualities mattered in America's first president and will matter as Americans decide on their 44th president.
Essential decency. It does matter.