John McCain took the opportunity of Barak Obama going over the top in terms of delegates needed to secure the nomination to deal the opening salvo of the general election campaign. Although Bill Crystal was unimpressed, I thought he was right on the money.
McCain clearly spelled out his differences with Obama on key issues: Success in Iraq vs. retreat. Reigning in government spending rather than increasing it. Lower taxes and regulation rather than higher taxes and more regulation. Free market approaches to health care as opposed to another government program. A demonstrated, irrefutable record of going against both parties and the press when he felt he was right and they were all wrong, as well as of working with the opposition party in the face of criticism from his own.
McCain needs to make the choice clear by continuing to illustrate the dichotomy of approaches on major issues. He did just that tonight. He would do well to beat that drum for the next 5 months. If the American voting public chooses the other path, so be it. At least they'll know what they asked for.