?

Log in

Backwards Hat

Final thoughts on a long campaign

It's funny to me that the most moving moment of election night 2008 was not Barack Obama's acceptance speech, but John McCain's concession speech.  How ironic it is that I was blown away by McCain's beautifully crafted words, for once.

I've had no problem supporting Obama since Hillary threw in the towel, but I've also had a long-standing respect for John McCain.  Somewhere, in this election, that respect dimmed as his campaign managers and advisors twisted his persona into something that the conservative base would find more palatable.  Throughout this election season, I wondered what happened to the moderate John McCain of 2000.  I often wondered if even John McCain believed what he was saying.

Then, last night, the old McCain re-appeared to concede the race to my candidate with a speech that reminded me, all over again, why John McCain deserves my respect.








Comments

Then, last night, the old McCain re-appeared to concede the race to my candidate with a speech that reminded me, all over again, why John McCain deserves my respect.

I agree-- the concession McCain was the Real McCain-- the 2000 McCain, the McCain I used to like & respect.
unrelated: check this out http://polianarchy.livejournal.com/420899.html?mode=reply

Edited at 2008-11-06 10:44 pm (UTC)

(Anonymous)

It was classy, but I think McCain was under a lot of pressure to cool some of the racial tension his campaign stoked for the past few months. He doesn't want his legacy to be the bad guy in a historic campaign.

(Anonymous)

Agreed

I didn't support McCain, especially when he moved rightward to capture the republican base and picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. But I also think we saw the real McCain during the concession speech. In parts of it, I was tearing up, which was a strange reaction for me being such a staunch democrat. I think part of it was sympathy for his loss the second time around and also knowing that he'll never be able to run again.

I wonder what the republican party is going to do after this. I see some stress fractures (e.g. David Brooks and George Will) and I wonder whether the party will tilt toward the Southeast evangelical...or the libertarian fiscally conservative federalists...I guess we'll see.

Dave D.

(Anonymous)

Re: Agreed


The Fiscally Conservative Federalists have been manipulating the evangelical vote for three decades. Nothing is going to change in that regard.

The interesting question is whether there are any Fiscally Conservative Federalists left in the party, or has their grand experiment in manipulation created a Frankenstein's Monster out of the evangelicals.

You may see the rise of the Libertarian party over the next 4 years.
Backwards Hat

December 2010

S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Links

Powered by LiveJournal.com