Skip to comments.McCain Campaign Manager Blames Rush Limbaugh for McCain's Loss
Posted on 01/17/2009 7:01:24 AM PST by rabscuttle385
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, have you thought back to the 2008 election? Have you asked yourself who was responsible for that loss? Have you asked yourself who really should shoulder the blame and the burden for the defeat of Senator McCain? A lot of people have been speculating this, a lot of postmortems on the election. Let's go to the BBC. BBC World Service, host Stephen Sackur spoke with former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and asked Rick Davis on whose shoulders rests the burden of the McCain defeat.
DAVIS: We didn't successfully reach out to them. I mean, but you look at the leadership John McCain gave which is counter to the direction that the party was headed, when you have the Rush Limbaughs of the world who, you know, literally almost feed the nativist attitude toward immigration reform, what do you think the Hispanic voter, the Latino voter is gonna remember? They're gonna remember the attacks, not the efforts by people like John McCain to try and reform.
RUSH: So there you have it, Rick Davis, the campaign manager for McCain, has dumped on my shoulders the reason McCain lost and others like me alienated Hispanic voters. This is so wrong on so many levels, but it explains why this campaign was so inept. A brief time-out. Just wanted you to hear that so you could stew over it.
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RUSH: Look, I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on the McCain campaign because it's the past. I got some e-mails and Mr. Snerdley said, "Is that all you're going to say about it, that it just proves the ineptitude of the McCain campaign?" I'll say a little bit more but it's the past. The thing about McCain that's more interesting to me than he lost is what I'm hearing from a lot of people, and that is, you know, the Democrats in the Senate right now are happy. They have 58 or 59 seats. Depending on what happens in the finals of the Stuart Smalley/Norm Coleman race, they can have 58 or 59 seats. Everybody says, "Well, whew! Whew! Boy, that means they don't have their 60 votes." Au contraire. You know who's going to get the 60 votes for Obama in the Senate? Do you know who's going to get the 60 votes for Harry Reid?
It will be John McCain. John McCain does not want his legacy to be that he lost the presidential race. He wants his legacy to be that he's a deal-maker. He wants his legacy to be that he walked across the aisle, that he's bipartisan, that he's bigger than life, blah, blah, blah. So I guarantee you, McCain will be the guy that shepherds wayward, liberal, Northeastern Republicans to vote with Democrats on some issues, some bills, in order to give the Democrats their filibuster-proof majority of 60 or more votes. Now, that's in the cards. I don't think there's any question about it. It's exactly who McCain is, and that's why he lost! Most Republicans perceived McCain as a Democrat. When you get right down to it, that's how he was viewed.
What a total idiot for saying something like that. Mccain lost cause he lost his balls many years ago, no other reason.
McCain lost because he is a loser. AZ will confirm that in 2010.
OMG!!!!!!!!! ROFLOL All McPain has to do is look in the MIRROR!!!
At first they tried to blame Governor Palin and now they are trying to blame Rush.
McPain should have manned up for the race. No wait, we should have STOPPED McPain from taking the nomination. THE GOP does NOT have our best interests at heart and we have to take control of the local and state elections.
McCain lost because, as Rush puts it, he ran as a Democrat and repeatedly stabbed his actual party's largely conservative base in the face one too many times.
I hope so. McCain lost because of Mcamnesty,and Bushs inability to defend himself for 8 years. Gop Fatigue made it a shoe in for Barry Soetoro.
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOCRATS.
Mcain lost because he was afraid to attack the annointed one as it might have hurt BO’s feelings.
The thought of defending what McCain would’ve done if he were elected president doesn’t thrill me in the least and I don’t think he would’ve been substantially different from Obama on a number of issues.
So, thanks Rush!
Rick Davis should get an award for bullsh*t artistry. And should never be allowed to work in GOP or Conservative politics again.
The numbers don’t support McCain winning if only he got the same kind of Hispanic support that Bush got in 2004. Period. This year was going to suck for whoever the GOP candidate was, and it was going to be a very steep uphill battle. McCain actually showed a good uptick with the selection of Palin, but his numbers crashed when he decided to “suspend” his campaign and fly back to DC to “help” with the management of the financial meltdown. It made him look like an erratic, stuntsman and panderer ... and he never recovered the political center.
i didn’t vote for this guy. A couple of months ago, many, many people here were guilt-tripping those of us who refused to support this guy. Are any of them still willing to defend their vote?
Dems voting in open primaries. Close them.
You might add the MSM. They gave him their full support during the primaries, then dumped him after he got the nomination.
Much of the reason why I stayed home on election day. Just hearing about Mccain/Palin makes me sick. Mccain limp, and Palin on SNL every week, Ill never understand that.
Man up McCain.
“THE GOP does NOT have our best interests at heart and we have to take control of the local and state elections.”
Ohio just made Mike Dewine’s kid the Ohio GOP chairman.
They weren't just guilt-tripping me; folks were calling for my head on a platter.
No, I should have stayed home.
Everybody decided to go puritan and they decided to stay home. Don’t blame me, I voted for Romney in the primaries.
“We” didn’t nominate McCain. Democrats crossing over in open primaries in critical States did. Right now, Republicans across the US should be demanding that States return to closed primaries. Why should Democrats be able to determine who the Republican candidate is going to be?
Wait just a durn minute....I thought McCain lost because of Governor Palin. Now it’s the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world? The only reason McCain received as many votes as he did was because of Gov. Palin and Rush Limbaugh. They tried to drag him across the finish line.
“I’m not so sure a McCain administration would have been any better than the travesty that is going to begin in three more days.”
Sadly, I think we might be better off to just allow this train wreck to happen than to have a Democrat like McCain representing the GOP as president. He would have been a disaster anyway.
So you basically voted for Obama/Biden.
That Davis guy should return his salary.
A few other reason helped put Obama over the top.....
.....ACORN and other voter fraud schemes
.....Obama was promoted in the MSM as a Messiah.
.....Obama is a minority, which despite all the talk about it being a problem and it being a "long climb", it was a PLUS with the guilt ridden lib leaning sucker mom types.
Add all of that together and you have the perfect voter storm. I doubt even Reagan could have overcome these odds. In normal times, yes. But the WOT has sucked the brains out of a lot of people. They have no will to survive as a nation, meaning we are in trouble.
We who? I sure as heck had nothing to do with nominating McCain.
Exactly. Right here on FR even, we systematically beat the frap out of every front runner in hopes that Duncan Hunter, who never had a chance, or Fred Thompson, who never really wanted a chance, would emerge the victor.
An Obama win may have been inevitable. Our fighting amongst ourselves to end up with McCain only increased the margin.
I think Rush should have spent a little more time analyzing and focusing on the GOP candidates, rather than being mesmerized by Hillary Clinton, and we might actually have gotten a better candidate. I actually quit listening to him for awhile, because it was all Dems all the time. Since GOP candidates never get any decent press coverage, if Rush had given them a little more attention, we might have been able to get momentum behind a better one than McCain.
But once McCain was the GOP candidate, he lost for so many reasons that it’s certainly silly to “blame” Rush.
I chose Romney. After the election, I registered with the Conservative Party. I am no longer part of the RINO establishment.
“but you look at the leadership John McCain gave which is counter to the direction that the party was headed,”
There’s the reason Republicans lost, and will continue to lose.
Gosh, I thought it was McCains support for Obama!
Wasn’t he one of the gang of 14?
It was similar here in Virginia.
My choices were McQueeg, the Huckster, and Ron Paul. Guess which one I chose?!
“McCain should have been ripping the MSM for the way they treated Palin but in the end he turned out no better than them.”
That really showed me what kind of “man” McCain really is. He’s really much like John Kerry in many ways.
Reason #467 on why I am glad I voted for Chuck Baldwin.
Calling Rush a “nativist” is nothing but slander...If the pro-illegal/anti-American lobby wants to call Rush “nativist” for supporting Americans over illegals....then I can think of great terms to label pro-illegals...more than just my usual “Anti-American Bigot” term for the pro-illegal/anti-American crowd.
Rush’s reply was spot-on....McCain will be the 60th DNC vote in the Senate...and many conservatives wasted their 2008 votes on the liberal John McCain
I had many many a fight with fellow FReepers during the primaries. I refused to support mclame....until of course, he chose Sarah.
....and Palin on SNL every week, Ill never understand that.
McCain lost for many reasons: age, excessive civility, lack of charisma, and plain old bumbling. I knew he really lost it when he pulled that “I’m suspending my campaign” stunt. It made him look very erratic.
As for Rush, he correctly warned conservatives that McCain was a loser during the primaries. Personally, I thought Romney would have given us the best shot. Not sure if he would have won, but it would have been a real fight.
“... repeatedly stabbed his actual party’s largely conservative base in the face one too many times.”
And .. both McCain and his staff were convinced THEY DID NOT NEED THE BASE TO GET ELECTED. Even after there was such an outpouring for Palin .. THEY STILL DIDN’T GET IT .. Moderates never do. They think we’re the problem .. when the problem is actually the moderates.
Never another dime to any campaign that pays Rick Davis.
Baldwin got my vote too; thankfully he (somehow) ended up on the Virginia ballot...otherwise I would have gone write-in.