Sunday, January 18, 2009

Why did we lose the 2008 election? Answer: John McCain. Sure, George Bush and leftist propaganda helped, but, there were other, more important, reasons that led to this disaster, explicitly, John McCain’s weakness as a candidate. Those who blame Sarah Palin either do not know what they are talking about or have some other issue with her.

It was not all McCain’s fault. Other factors were at play. The democrats fought dirty. They registered thousands of non-existent voters (at least 20,000 in Ohio alone). They intimidated conservative voters at the polls and at the workplace. And they used the media to cover-up the worthlessness and evil nature of their candidate, while assaulting Senator McCain’s record and character on an hourly basis.

The chips were certainly piled high against Senator McCain. Still, none of this could hide the fact that the Left ran a hideous “creepy” construct that hates America as its candidate. This fact was not lost on all Americans. In fact, so many people came out to stop that creature that even though McCain had very little support, the election was actually pretty close. So why did we lose? Simply put, John McCain was a poor choice.

To be fair, McCain was fighting on all fronts. His age and wounds were highlighted by the mainstream media (or as El Rushbo refers to them, the “drive-by” media). They attacked him for being out of breath in a debate, they called him “out of touch” --basically an old guy. And they made fun of the fact that he does not use computer keyboards. The first attack cannot be defended against. McCain is an old guy. Outside of siphoning some of Keith Richards’ mojo, there is not much anyone can do about this. As for the typing bit, the man simply cannot lift his arms for a long enough period in order to use a keyboard. This is due to injuries suffered while serving his country against the allies of the Democratic Party, a limitation that should have been seen as a sign of prestige, not of weakness.

This writer believes that a better, more aggressive, politician could have overcome all of the problems mentioned above. The Republican Party should have run a younger, tougher individual who actually stood for some of the party’s ideals. Look at the response from the base when McCain picked Governor Palin. Imagine what would have happened if “our guy” would have attacked Obama on a daily basis instead of working toward some sort of idealistic gentlemanly union with our enemies (these people hate America, so yes, I use the term enemies, not opponents).

McCain looked physically weak, and his attempts to collaborate with the enemy seem to have won him only one supporter, Senator Lieberman, while costing him at least thirty percent of the Republican vote. That betrayal of the base was not his only mistake. There were a number of moves by McCain that led this writer to feel as if he were watching a democrat plant at work and not a serious candidate. Consider his backing of the bailout with the billions in pork, and let’s not start with his foolish adherence to campaign finance reform. This was Chamberlain and Hitler all over again; a well-intentioned series of actions, meant in a spirit of common respect and honor, being directed toward an individual who saw in those acts only signs of weakness that could be exploited. This election, like the Second World War, was a disaster for the West.

This writer would argue that the attacks on McCain’s age and physical condition were rude and dishonorable and that they should never have been taken-up by the drive-by media. Unfortunately, our enemies have no regard for honor and grace. Therefore, the argument is futile. We will need to keep these ideas in mind during the next election (if we are allowed to participate). We will need to sell our candidate. The Left was able to do this by making sure that their man always looked good. They kept him in a positive light, never asked him to explain his ideas, and covered-up all of his faults and failures. This is something that they will not do for a Republican, and especially not a conservative, candidate. Therefore, we have to have a virtual demigod that the media cannot ignore, someone who is super clean, with a Reagan-like stage presence, and who understands the economy and US foreign policy. By the way, it would not hurt if the guy actually held some conservative views and had the guts to defend them. Imagine what such a candidate could do with Governor Palin on his ticket. As much as this writer hates to say it, this is what politics have come to in the Age of the Mechanical Bride. Goodbye substance, hello fluff.


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