Analysis of what went wrong for Republicans in 2008 Part 1
It's time to finally come clean about a few things regarding this year's election. I hate to say it, but the truth needs to be told. In my opinion Republicans deserved to have lost. I'll admit I wasn't happy at all that Obama won on election night. The day after I had some time to process everything that happened. I realized I did something I swore I wasn't going to do just a few short months ago when John McCain won the Republican nomination. I might have to go back into my archives to find the exact story I wrote, but I said I was not going to vote for John McCain under any circumstances. Originally I said I was going to either vote for Bob Barr or just vote for other issues on the ballot instead. The reason I wasn't going to vote for McCain was, because McCain was no friend to the conservative movement. A week before Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican Primaries, I got into a heated debate with a kook lib in my favorite conservative chat room. During the debate I somehow started to defend McCain without thinking. Then he said something that I should have had etched into my skull right then and there up until election day. He said "It doesn't matter who wins, liberals still win because McCain is basically one of us". I very rarely agree with liberals, but he was right and I didn't listen. When comparing Obama to McCain on paper, where is the distinct differences between the two besides on the issue of Iraq? The issues that conservatives supported John McCain on weren't supported originally by McCain. Originally he was against the Bush tax cuts, offshore drilling, drilling in Amwar, he supported the same cap and trade environmental policy that us conservatives attacked Obama for supporting in the last week before the election. Him along with Obama supported the disastrous $700 billion dollar bailout bill. He stabbed conservatives in the back by teaming up with Democrats to form the band of 14 to deny Bush from appointing conservative judges to Judaical positions. Last but not least, he along with Democrat liberals tried to push for an illegal immigration amnesty bill that would have had an severe impact on our society and economy that would have changed America as we know it. Even with all that he has done against conservatives, we supported him. The truth is that John McCain should have never been the Republican nominee. Everybody I talked to said they didn't vote for McCain in the Republican Primaries. The only answer I could think of at the time was that independents and country club Republicans were voting for McCain in states that held open primaries. I wondered could have Democrats changed their party affiliation in order to vote for McCain in an effort to screw over Republicans by helping McCain to win the nomination. Anything is possible I suppose. A building can't be built without a strong foundation, and John McCain didn't have a foundation of support in which to build. He prided himself on attracting independents voters, but independents aren't loyal to a particular candidate or party. Whether liberal or conservative, a person's base is loyal and will be there if that candidates represents their values. That was John McCain's flaw. McCain is not a conservative, and he never was. When McCain won the Republican nomination, people like Bob Dole was attacking conservatives for not embracing him as a conservative. Dole didn't have any ground in which to speak, because he isn't a conservative himself. The same amount of people voted in this election as in in 2004. So contrary to the media's delusion, the hyped claim that the youth vote was going to turn out like no other time in American history turned out to be false. The reason why Obama won was because twenty percent of Republicans stayed home on election day. That is exactly what happened during the congressional midterms two years ago. Republicans that sold out their principals in order to be somewhat liked by Democrats learned a lesson that was two years in the making. That lesson the conservative based taught Republicans was "you forgot who brought you too the dance, but we will remind you come election time". No matter how much the media wants to claim Obama was a great and popular candidate, he could have been beaten provided the right candidate was the Republican nominee. Any true conservative knows that the media does not like Republicans and especially conservatives. I remember the week after McCain won the nomination, there was a rally for him in Ohio. Nationally syndicated talk show host Bill Cunningham was warming up the crowd for McCain's appearance. Cunningham referred to Obama by his middle name of Hussein. Well the media had a field day and went crying to McCain wanting him to throw Bill under the bus. McCain by the way did throw Bill Cunningham under the bus by attacking him for the use of Obama's middle name. McCain told the media "I absolutely repudiate such comments, and again I will take responsibility -- it will never happen again". McCain didn't figure out that the media only like Republicans when they are trying to tear down another Republican or undermine Conservatives. This comment by Bill Cunningham says it all " McCain "ought to attack Democrats and quit attacking conservatives like me."
A few weeks ago I heard McCain say at a rally that Obama would make a good president. I watched with a stunned face. In politics it is unheard of for a candidate to talk up his opponent among his or her own supporters. Obama didn't return the favor of course, he called McCain "an old fish in a newspaper. Obama's supporters laughed when Obama said that about him and referring to Sarah Palin as a "lipstick on a pig". When Palin went on the attack and said that "Obama pals around with terrorists", once again the media went into the "crying foul mode" to McCain. McCain once again played right into the media's hand by not forcefully sticking up for her. The Obama cult and the media didn't like what Palin said, but she was factually correct in what she said. I can guarantee if the Republican nominee in 2012 is another McCain clone like Governor Charlies Crist of Florida or Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Republicans can kiss 2012 goodbye. More to follow