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.