Can someone explain to me why we should trust that McCain would honor his promise to appoint conservative judges, especially if he took a one-term pledge and had no re-election campaign to worry about?
Obviously, infuriating conservatives is not a concern. And just as obviously, McCain's stated commitments about the judiciary are suspect since McCain also made stated commitments about the purported importance of campaign-finance reform that were every bit as solemn as those he is now making about originalist judges. (Indeed, McCain even went to the Supreme Court to seek to suppress the pro-life message to which he says he is unflinchingly committed because the pro-life group in question was running afoul of his campaign finance regs.)
I certainly can't.
The only compelling reason I can think of to vote for McCain is his pledge on judges. The problem with that is that I just don't believe him. If he were up against Hillary, I probably wouldn't vote for President at all, as OK doesn't allow write-in votes.
However, Obama will almost certainly be the nominee and I see plenty of reasons to vote against him. Bad policies combined with bad judgment. There's a winning combo!