Dear friends and fellow Americans,

Like many conservatives, I have grown increasingly depressed during the past week–worried about the prospects of Republican-electoral disaster, the consequent enactment of socialist policies by a federal government dominated by liberals, and the consequent crippling of our national prosperity.

Jim Geraghty wrote something yesterday that gave me hope–and indicates that the great crisis presents a great opportunity for conservativism and for McCain as well. “The Republicans running for House and Senate — and McCain, for that matter — can denounce it until their throats are hoarse every day from now until Election Day.The Republicans running for House and Senate — and McCain, for that matter — can denounce it until their throats are hoarse every day from now until Election Day…The bailout might save Wall Street, and ensure a Republican tsunami on Election Day to strip out the worst parts of the bill in 2009..” http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OTdhNTY2YjEzNGI1MWE0ZDUxMGEzY2VmZTVjYTRiOTI=

McCain, however, doesn’t need such a bill to be passed. Rather he can do the following:

  1. Announce emphatically that the bill failed not only because of a failure of bipartisanship, but also because the American people rejected it–members of Congress heard overwhelming opposition.

  2. State, therefore, that the only proper course is to make an appeal directly to the American people to rally them behind the needed reforms.

  3. This appeal should take the form of a series of prudent, center-right proposals to address this and related crises. Proposals designed, frankly, to unite his supporters and divide those of Obama’s. We win only if we can set forth a clear choice of conservative v. liberal.

  4. Focus his campaigning on these proposals, so as to force Obama to take some position. Hammer Obama on either his socialism (too liberal) or his silence (not ready to lead).

  5. Lastly, craft this center-right platform as potentially bipartisan. Invite ALL candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, of ALL parties, to join him, and otherwise seek, in De-Gaulle-like-fashion, to “rally the people” to these reforms.

I am confident that on this basis, McCain can win this thing. He can nobly win, or meanly lose, this election fight–a fight critical to the success of this “last great hope of earth.”