True, certainly of Kennedy (I wasn't around when Harding died). But the salient point should be that, Harding excepted, Senators only beat other senators. Which means that it was stupid to nominate McCain or any other senator in ' 08. Any of the governors who contended for the nomination would have done better than McCain - and very likely would have won.
The other point to make is that cream rises to the top quickly; it's up or out in the presidential sweepstakes. Once you become a governor or senator, the clock starts ticking - and if you don't attain POTUS or at least VP within 14 years, you ain't likely ever to be elected POTUS.
So trying to elect a three-term senator as POTUS is doubly a fool's errand.Oh, and BTW a VP is not an executive, and only two sitting VP's have ever been elected POTUS (three counting Adams, who was elected VP before the 12th Amendment changed the election process for VP). Put differently, only Andrew Jackson and Ronald Reagan won third terms vicariously thru their sitting VPs who had been their running mates eight years earlier.
McCain was selected by open primary crossover votes. The democrats thought [correctly] he would be the easiest to defeat.
He also had the virtue of not being a natural born citizen. This was a double bonus, he couldn’t raise the question about their boy wonder without shooting himself in the foot, and in the unlikely event of him winning they could beat him like a rented mule over his non-nbc status.
Unlike the current occupant, everyone would have standing to pursue court cases, and the Constitutional eligibility issue would be a topic of wall-to-wall coverage by the MSM, and be a daily topic of discussion in the democrat dominated congress.
I doubt they’d ever actually get around to actually impeaching him (president Palin??? The horror!!!), but he’d be rendered totally ineffectual.
Open primaries. Let your party’s opponents select your candidate. Brilliant.
Agreed. Although I doubt anyone would have beaten Obama in 2008. Once the economy fell apart and the market crashed the die was cast. You honestly think if everything remained the same with the economy, Huckabee or Romney would have beaten him?