Congratulations President elect Obama. I will never support you, but you won in an electoral landslide, and that is an accomplishment in it's self. The real Loser here is John McCain (both literally and metaphorically). Watching his campaign was like watching a disturbing video of a crime being committed. This Blog would have to be 10,000 words in include all the tactical blunders along the way, but worse, there seemed to be no strategy for winning. A few of the gaffs along the way however included his public address of how the economy is sound, the day before it was revealed to the world it wasn't. But this from I presidential candidate who said while on the trail the economy is not his strong point. Some advice, never publicly admit a weakness when running for president. The people don't want to relate, they want to believe in their candidates ability to lead. Lets also not forget his run back to Washington for the bail out debates. The day any conservative puts his name behind a $840,000,000,000 government handout, we can not even pretend he is still a conservative. And enough with Joe the Plummer. It made a good impact at first, but when you over play these issues, they lose their effectiveness.
The real blunder and failure was Sarah Palin. Although not the blundering idiot portrayed to us by the media, she was completely unqualified for the office of Vice President and not up to speed on both domestic and foreign policy issues. She accomplished the goal, capitalize on the Hilary independents, and gain more votes. But McCain failed to grasp the obvious, the popular vote is meaningless. Obama only captured 52% of the popular vote, but cleaned house on the electoral map. Sarah Palin did not deliver one single state to the McCain Campaign.
McCain should have been a better scholar of History, following the path that other presidents lead in tough elections. Lincoln chose a bipartisan ticket in choosing Andrew Johnson (Democrat) as his running mate. Kennedy chose LBJ, despite the fact that the two loathed each other. Reagan chose Bush 41 when it appeared he did not have the republican base locked. Bush 43 chose Cheney to give his ticket experience and credibility. And Obama chose Biden, despite the harshly negative comments Biden lashed out towards Obama during the Primary. McCain should have chose Mitt Romney. His experience, credibility, and business knowledge would have brought tremendous gain to the ticket. Plus Romney was strong with independents in key battle ground states.
In the up and coming months, McCain will try and reposition himself as the "Maverick" senator, and we will see much of the blame thrown on Palin. But truth be told, McCain chose his VP. McCain put together his campaign staff. And McCain is the one to bare the tag of loser. When a republican candidate for President loses the vote of a die hard conservative like mine, does he really expect to win undecided votes?