Skip to comments.5 Myths About an Election of Mythic Proportions
Posted on 11/16/2008 10:24:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The 2008 presidential election ended less than two weeks ago, but the mythmaking machine has already begun to churn. President-elect Barack Obama transformed the face of the electorate! The Republican Party will be a miserable minority in Congress for the next century! Cats and dogs are now living together! Below we explode the five biggest myths that have already sprung up around the election that was.
1. The Republican Party suffered a death blow.
2. A wave of black voters and young people was the key to Obama's victory.
3. Now that they control the White House and Congress, Democrats will usher in a new progressive era.
4. A Republican candidate could have won the presidency this year.
I doubt it. In the hastily penned postmortems of campaign '08, much of the blame for McCain's loss seems to have fallen at the feet of the candidate and his advisers, who (so the narrative goes) made a series of lousy strategic decisions that wound up costing the Arizona senator the White House.
5. McCain made a huge mistake in picking Sarah Palin.
No subject is more likely to break up a dinner party early than the Alaska governor McCain chose as his running mate. Everyone not only has an opinion about her qualifications (or lack thereof) but also feels it necessary to share those opinions with anyone within shouting range.
Love her or loathe her, the data appear somewhere close to conclusive that Palin did little to help -- and, in fact, did some to hurt -- McCain's attempts to reach out to independents and Democrats. But just because Palin doesn't appear to have helped McCain move to the middle doesn't mean that picking her was the wrong move.
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I don't even know where to begin with this crap.
I would like you to begin. I think it was a very good move to liven up the base who was lukewarm at best toward McCain before the pick. On the other hand it really didn’t do much to grab the hearts and mind of Democrats and Independents.
If Sarah had a better running mate, this thing would have turned out different.
Iirc, Bush was not running this time...
Gov. Palin cost the campaign votes? Maybe a few susceptible urbanites bought the MSM's 'hick from the sticks' image, or the Great Chipmunk's heavily edited interview of her as a live feed, but most of us saw through that. If anyone screwed the pooch, it was the "strategists" who okayed an edited interview, and who held her in check to keep her from upstaging the guy at the top of the ticket. Big mistake, really, she resonated with a lot of America.
Note that toward the end of the campaign, DUH1's people were debating and attacking her, not McCain.
As for her being politically done, Gov. Palin will be a force in the Republican Party, or, failing that, will get the nod from the next viable third party.
She is already calling fo the principled and uncompromising opposition to the Comm, er, Democrats agendae.
I hate hypotheticals, because anything that might have happened is possible.
But I'll just go with my initial reaction to the choice of Palin, and from my perspective, it was spot on: stroke of genius.
I really hate to speculate how disastrously badly McCain would have been defeated without her on the ticket.
You can't bring "Mr. Nice" to a knife fight. The progressives are not only aware of that, they invented the tactic.
In desperate need of a barf alert.
He is right. Sarah wasn’t picked to appeal to Independents and Democrats. They wouldn’t have liked ANY candidate who was a Conservative. Sarah was a ‘Base’ choice, and she was the correct one!
You Betcha it would.
Had it not been for Sara, Republicans wouldn’t have had anyone to vote for. It would have been an Oboma landslide. His election would have, for real, been historical. It would have been Reaganesk.
Garbage, pronounced gar-BAZH.
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