Losing presidential campaigns always prompt criticism and “what if’s” but most savvy observers were surprised that Senator John McCain and his creative team kept it as close as they did. John McCain didn’t come away looking like a loser. He played a remarkable game with very bad cards.
I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs that Senator McCain had to have had a little conversation with himself. He probably locked himself in a bathroom and looked in the mirror and said, “Buddy, the economy is in shambles, the president’s approval rating is in the toilet, the GOP is a damaged brand. You cannot run a traditional campaign. You have to take big risks.” And he certainly did and almost all of them paid off, even if the inevitable happened anyway.
Now, we are learning little bits and pieces of what went wrong for the GOP. And especially about how badly they were alienated from their evangelical base and needed Sarah Palin to bring it together.
The condemnation of John McCain by John Lewis – a man McCain called one of the three wise men he would consult as president – was a huge personal blow to McCain. But Powell’s endorsement of Obama is even more of a slap in the face.
Editor’s note: I do not agree with all that Colin Powell says in this interview, but he raises some very interesting campaign tone and tenor questions for us all to keep in mind as we frame issues for the American public.
As I have stated online, in my opinion, Sarah Palin was not enough, McCain needed the real right wing of the party and never reached for the Republicans who energetically supported Ron Paul and Constitutional principles. In fact he and his people went to extreme places to hurt and exclude ‘those people’ from participation even after he had the nomination in his pocket.
So please don’t anyone blame Sarah Palin! She is a lovely lady with a Christian conservative perspective, even if she is a bit of a neocon. McCain and Bush and all their failed policies are not her fault. They do not reflect most in the Republican party either.
Republicans in leadership need to look in the mirror and get the log out of our own eye. Then decide if we really want people to be involved. Maybe we really want a few men to run the party from a closed room. On the other hand we may want to open our doors and play by the rules and work with everyone to try to free the country from the international bankers and globalists and neocons who are systematically working to destroy us from within. Maybe we will even find people on the other side of the aisle that we can work with to get spending under control and quit policing the world!
Everyone wants to be free and most understand that it requires personal responsibility!
Now could we quit with the name calling and slurs and racial stuff both black and white and left and right and let middle America get about restoring our nation to constitutional values and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as one nation under God . . . at least that is my view of the elephant in the room!/sc
The recent Wall Street Bailout bill outlined the real divide in American politics, in which the hard Right and hard Left are often pitted against the big government, corporate center. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are on the side of the people whereas McCain and Obama are on the side of big business and big government.
[Editor’s note: Gotta watch this one! – the Southern Avenger nails it on the bailout and speaks the truth about the new political alignment on the horizon although not mentioned by name, we are R3publicans – restoring the republic – we will (right after we END the FED!). . .]/sc
The state of John McCain’s health is an issue of grave concern for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion. Given the fact that he has been treated for an invasive melanoma and other maladies, it is important that he release his full health records.