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McCain Campaign Manager Blames Rush Limbaugh for McCain's Loss
Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2009-01-16

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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Also, from Rush:

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.


1 posted on 01/17/2009 7:01:24 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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2 posted on 01/17/2009 7:01:45 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

What a total idiot for saying something like that. Mccain lost cause he lost his balls many years ago, no other reason.


3 posted on 01/17/2009 7:02:33 AM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: Edizzl79

McCain lost because he is a loser. AZ will confirm that in 2010.


4 posted on 01/17/2009 7:03:35 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: rabscuttle385
First mark of a liberal is to blame somebody else. I really really do not blame the majority that voted even if they were illegal votes for voting for Bama.
5 posted on 01/17/2009 7:03:52 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: rabscuttle385

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.


6 posted on 01/17/2009 7:03:59 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Edizzl79
Mccain lost cause he lost his balls many years ago, no other reason.

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.

7 posted on 01/17/2009 7:05:11 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Comparative Advantage

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.


9 posted on 01/17/2009 7:05:32 AM PST by omega4179 ("I HOPE HE FAILS" Rush Limbaugh 1-16-09)
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To: Cheddar Cat

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOCRATS.


10 posted on 01/17/2009 7:05:48 AM PST by omega4179 ("I HOPE HE FAILS" Rush Limbaugh 1-16-09)
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To: rabscuttle385

Mcain lost because he was afraid to attack the annointed one as it might have hurt BO’s feelings.


11 posted on 01/17/2009 7:07:05 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: rabscuttle385

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!


12 posted on 01/17/2009 7:07:21 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: rabscuttle385

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.


13 posted on 01/17/2009 7:07:31 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: omega4179

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?


14 posted on 01/17/2009 7:07:37 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Cheddar Cat

Dems voting in open primaries. Close them.


15 posted on 01/17/2009 7:07:49 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - America the Beautiful)
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To: omega4179

You might add the MSM. They gave him their full support during the primaries, then dumped him after he got the nomination.


16 posted on 01/17/2009 7:08:23 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: rabscuttle385

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.


17 posted on 01/17/2009 7:08:28 AM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain makes me sick. It's no one’s fault but his own and his lame campaign people. It disgusts me beyond words that they keep pointing the finger of blame at everyone but to whom it belongs. 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.

Man up McCain.

19 posted on 01/17/2009 7:08:37 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: Paige

“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.


20 posted on 01/17/2009 7:08:50 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Captain Kirk; TADSLOS
A couple of months ago, many, many people here were guilt-tripping those of us who refused to support this guy.

They weren't just guilt-tripping me; folks were calling for my head on a platter.

21 posted on 01/17/2009 7:09:32 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Captain Kirk

No, I should have stayed home.


22 posted on 01/17/2009 7:09:42 AM PST by omega4179 ("I HOPE HE FAILS" Rush Limbaugh 1-16-09)
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To: Cheddar Cat

Everybody decided to go puritan and they decided to stay home. Don’t blame me, I voted for Romney in the primaries.


23 posted on 01/17/2009 7:09:45 AM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: Cheddar Cat

“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?


24 posted on 01/17/2009 7:10:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: rabscuttle385

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.


25 posted on 01/17/2009 7:11:19 AM PST by Girlene
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To: steelyourfaith

“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.


26 posted on 01/17/2009 7:11:26 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Edizzl79

So you basically voted for Obama/Biden.


27 posted on 01/17/2009 7:11:55 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: Liz; Arizona Carolyn; cripplecreek; Extremely Extreme Extremist; DoughtyOne; exit82; hiredhand; ...

McShame ping.


28 posted on 01/17/2009 7:12:08 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385
When you think your best chance is to "reach out" you've already lost. Better that you "lead the public to vote for your side with appeals to sound policies and American values".

That Davis guy should return his salary.

29 posted on 01/17/2009 7:12:10 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Edizzl79
Mccain lost cause he lost his balls many years ago, no other reason.

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.

30 posted on 01/17/2009 7:12:50 AM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: Cheddar Cat
How the hell did we nominate this guy?

We who? I sure as heck had nothing to do with nominating McCain.

31 posted on 01/17/2009 7:13:11 AM PST by lonestar
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To: TypeZoNegative; Cheddar Cat
Everybody decided to go puritan and they decided to stay home.

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.

32 posted on 01/17/2009 7:13:20 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Will work for Bailout.)
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To: rabscuttle385

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.


33 posted on 01/17/2009 7:13:20 AM PST by livius
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain lost because he picked a great Conservative Governor for his running mate to get the Conservatives on board but then he and/or his staff threw her under the bus.
McCain should have been ripping the MSM for the way they treated Palin but in the end he turned out no better than them.
34 posted on 01/17/2009 7:13:39 AM PST by tobyhill (Obama gets no free pass from Free Republic!)
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To: Cheddar Cat
WE did no such thing. By the time the primary vote rolled around to NY, I had to choose between mclame, Romney and Rudy.

I chose Romney. After the election, I registered with the Conservative Party. I am no longer part of the RINO establishment.

35 posted on 01/17/2009 7:14:04 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Just Registered With the Conservative Party...RINO's can kiss my......)
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To: rabscuttle385

“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.


36 posted on 01/17/2009 7:14:10 AM PST by maggief
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To: rabscuttle385

Gosh, I thought it was McCains support for Obama!


37 posted on 01/17/2009 7:14:26 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Wasn’t he one of the gang of 14?


38 posted on 01/17/2009 7:14:45 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: rabscuttle385
Do you know who's going to get the 60 votes for Harry Reid?

It will be John McCain.


If McCain = 59, then he can extract Lindsey Graham from his posterier to = 60.

Add in Specter, Collins, Snowe and a few others and they easily exceed the 60.


39 posted on 01/17/2009 7:14:50 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: NoGrayZone
By the time the primary vote rolled around to NY, I had to choose between mclame, Romney and Rudy.

It was similar here in Virginia.

My choices were McQueeg, the Huckster, and Ron Paul. Guess which one I chose?!

40 posted on 01/17/2009 7:15:05 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: tobyhill

“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.


42 posted on 01/17/2009 7:15:34 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: rabscuttle385

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


43 posted on 01/17/2009 7:15:35 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (The US Chamber of Commerce is really the Anti-American Collective of Communists)
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To: Captain Kirk

I had many many a fight with fellow FReepers during the primaries. I refused to support mclame....until of course, he chose Sarah.


44 posted on 01/17/2009 7:15:54 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Just Registered With the Conservative Party...RINO's can kiss my......)
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To: Edizzl79

....and Palin on SNL every week, Ill never understand that.


Umm....you do understand that it wasn’t really Palin on SNL every week, right? That being said, I think it was a mistake for Palin have made that guest appearance SNL, period.

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.


45 posted on 01/17/2009 7:16:13 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Cheddar Cat
How the hell did we nominate this guy?

WE didn't. The idiots in Iowa and New Hampshire gave him the momentum and the media kept pimping him over REAL conservative candidates like Fred Thompson. For the record, I live in NH and voted for Fred. The way the state GOP bad-mouthed Thompson was nothing less than shameful.

Isn't it amazing, though, how in mid-2007, McCain's campaign was all but dead, primarily because of the illegal immigration issue, yet as soon as he flip-flops on his stance (at least publicly) his poll numbers go up? We are not led by the best and brightest anymore. And the voters got the wool pulled over their eyes.
46 posted on 01/17/2009 7:16:21 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Paige

You betcha!


47 posted on 01/17/2009 7:16:21 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: rabscuttle385; All

“... repeatedly stabbed his actual party’s largely conservative base in the face one too many times.”

Amen!!

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.


48 posted on 01/17/2009 7:16:24 AM PST by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: rabscuttle385

Never another dime to any campaign that pays Rick Davis.


49 posted on 01/17/2009 7:16:59 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Reason #467 on why I am glad I voted for Chuck Baldwin.

High five!

Baldwin got my vote too; thankfully he (somehow) ended up on the Virginia ballot...otherwise I would have gone write-in.

50 posted on 01/17/2009 7:17:12 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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