Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and respected conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer. He has never been one to pull his punches when dealing with the left or the right. He is known to be a brilliant thinker, forthright in his views, and sometimes a wee bit grumpy. Read his biography below and see a video.

Last week, Charles Krauthammer announced his endorsement of Senator John McCain for President, a man who has indeed annoyed him a time or two this election. His column in the Washington Post left no doubt as to his reasons for supporting McCain and his reasons for NOT supporting Obama as a number of other high-profile republicans have done in recent days.

Here’s the money quote from the Krauthammer endorsement:

“The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the past year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one�?), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,�? a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?”

Charles Krauthammer, like me, may not be the happiest of conservatives that John McCain is our nominee, but he still understands the vital interests of our country and the world at stake in the election. And unlike some other conservatives who have cut-and-run to the other side with their endorsements, Krauthammer says he would rather go down with the McCain ship – “I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings.”.

Honest and eloquent as always.

Charles Krauthammer Biography

Charles Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950 in New York City so his age is 58. His parents were jewish and held french citizenship. Charles was raised in Montreal, Canada where he attended McGill University and obtained an honors degree in political science and economics in 1970 and was a Commonwealth Scholar in politics at Balliol College, Oxford.

Charles moved to the United States, where he attended Harvard Medical School. In his first year there in 1972, he was paralyzed in a serious diving accident. He bravely and amazingly continued his medical studies during his year-long hospitalization, graduating with his class and earning an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975. In October 1984, he became board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

After all the hard work to become a physician, Krauthammer again decided that was not what he wanted to do. What really interested him was public policy, but having grown up in Canada he didn’t have any American connections.

Then fate took a hand. The Harvard Professor who co-authored the paper he wrote had been appointed by President Carter to what is now the National Institute of Mental Health. His colleague invited Krauthammer to join him in 1978 after he finished his residency. Krauthammer decided to go to Washington to find his fortune.

While working in the Institute, “through pure serendipity,�? Krauthammer landed a job with Walter Mondale as a speech writer. “I had never written a speech before. I think it showed.�?

That job only lasted until Mondale’s defeat in November. By this time, he decided he wasn’t as interested as he thought in mental health research. Before the election he had noticed an ad in The New Republic for a position to be the managing editor. At his wife’s urging he wrote a letter applying for the job and got it. His writing career was launched.

Krauthammer is a well respected conservative thinker. However, he does holds some differing views on domestic issues. He is pro-choice; an opponent of the death penalty; an intelligent design critic; and a supporter of embryonic stem cell research involving embryos discarded by fertility clinics.

He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and commentator. His weekly column appears in the The Washington Post and is syndicated in more than 200 newspapers and media outlets. He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. Charles Krauthammer appears regularly as a commentator on Fox News. His opinions are sought after and revered in many conservative circles. He has even coined many noteable phrases including “Reagan Doctrine” and “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”

Charles Krauthammer and his wife Robin have one son, Daniel.

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