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Will McCain Win by Default?

In the wake of Barack Obama’s much-ballyhooed overseas trip, John McCain remains close behind in polls.

Why?

This should be a disastrous year for Republicans, and the Congressional elections will probably make the “thumpin’” of 2006 look like the good ol’ days. After 19 years in the hands of conservative pretenders and their enablers, the Republican brand has been cheapened to a pale reflection of the days of Ronald Reagan.

Certainly, Sen. McCain faces significant disadvantages. He’s old; he’s dull, and conservatives quite properly don’t trust him. Sen. Obama, on the other hand, is young and vibrant, and revered almost as a messiah by young liberals, the MSM, and other empty-headed, emotion-driven groupies. The GOP apologists channelling John Dickinson are certainly no match in enthusiasm for the Obamessiah’s worshippers.

But, still, Sen. Obama’s support remains static. Why is that?

One of the vulnerabilities of republican government is that the qualities that make an attractive candidate are not the qualities that make a good public servant. Usually, this means that great candidates are elected and become public menaces.

But in this case, the disparity is so wide that it cannot be overlooked, and the queasy feeling that it leaves in voters’ stomachs can’t be shaken. In Sen. Obama’s fluff-based campaign, there are some images that he can’t erase. He’s inexperienced; he’s arrogant; he’s gaffe-prone; his flip-flops are Gollum-esque, and his judgment is atrocious. He’s ready for prime time; he’s not ready for the White House, and even his most enthusiastic supporters are starting to catch on.

Sen. McCain’s best hope was that the Democrats would nominate a candidate less fit for the presidency than Jimmy Carter. Fortunately for him, they’re poised to do exactly that.

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7 thoughts on “Will McCain Win by Default?

  1. The uncertainty of millions and millions of american citizens WHO DO NOT KNOW who Obama actually is and what he stands for is incredible, if you want to live in a government controled country, and if you want the mostliberal pro abortion candidate in history, if you want a president that will ” sit down and talk ” to terrorists the choose Obama. The change he is talking about will not be reflected until after some time in the Oval office. May God`s hand still be upon America when that happens.

  2. I am old enough to remember the 1976 election, and Jimmy Carter was in fact better qualified for the Presidency than Barack Obama is now. Carter had executive experience as a Governor, was a WWII veteran, and had run a family farm. Carter’s mother was the oldest Peace Corps volunteer ever up to that date. Jimmy Carter’s record of public service looked pretty decent, and he ran a better campaign (to make himself look moderate) than the lackluster Gerald Ford. This was also in the aftermath of Watergate, the Nixon pardon, and the oil shocks and recession of the 1970s. Even with all that, Jimmy Carter won very narrowly.

    We’ll see how McCain does. If he can stay on a good, articulate conservative message, he just might pull through. It would be nice if McCain had coattails, but I think that’s asking too much. McCain is actually a better candidate than Bob Dole was in 1996, but at the rate McCain’s campaign is going, that’s not saying much. Three plus months is still an eternity in politics.

  3. With all of the hype and media coverage, you would think this would be a slam dunk for Obama and yet, McCain gained ground on him in the polls last week (FoxNews/Opinion Dynamics) when Obama should have sky-rocketed from his successful summer camp adventure.

    McCain could crush him, if he would just try a little bit. With his recent statements of adulation for Obama and disrespect for the conservative base, I sometimes wonder whether he’s even trying to win.

    Tim
    therealtimjones.com

  4. Yes, Obama and McCain remain close in the polls. And they’re always so accurate, too! Why I remember when Kerry stomped Bush by 5 points in 2004, or you remember of course when Obama won the New Hampshire primary by 10 points. Gotta love those polls!

    Also, why do you people think it’s a good idea to call Barack “Obamessiah?” Do you expect us to apologize for liking our candidate? Is that somehow considered a bad thing?

    It’s called a PRIMARY, and maybe you should try harder at it next time so you don’t wind up in the general with a cranky old jackass who you hate. Although after 8 years of Bush, I’m not exactly surprised that Republicans have no idea how democracy and elections work.

    Good luck with McBush! Thanks for playing

  5. I've been wondering the same thing Leslie and I am glad you blogged about it. It seems to me that *default Democratic candidate* should easily be able to beat *default Republican candidate* in this election. When Republicans picked John McCain, he was probably not the best choice among even a weaker slate of candidates. Then you figure Obama has a ton of money, is more likable, is young and charismatic and the election is over. Yet, McCain is still there polling anywhere between a statistical dead heat and < 10% difference (which is absolutely nothing).

    I've been saying over and over that this is one thing Democrats cannot screw up. Am I going to have to eat my words now?

    Lance
    YourHRGuy.com

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