Joe Wilson announced his endorsement today of Sen. John McCain for president. If the term “endorsement” includes being strong-armed by the voters who, you know, sign your contract every other year.

“But Saturday, the world of the Republican Party changed. The campaign in our Presidential Primary here in South Carolina has now been resolved; Eighty percent of the counties I represent and my home communities of Lexington and Richland all supported Senator John McCain. The message is clear: win the War Against Terrorism, unite our Party, rebuild the Reagan coalition, and prevail in the November Election.

“To win the general election, we simply must unite social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and national defense conservatives into a single, powerful movement. I am now convinced that John McCain is the leader the Republican voters of the Second District have overwhelmingly chosen for that task.”