July 13, 2009
With all the continuing talk about> Sarah Palin, I can't help but wonder again if McCain might have won the presidency if he had run together with his own favorite choice for VP: Joe Lieberman.
What do you think?
Posted by David at July 13, 2009 08:52 AM
I think McCain was doomed to failure from the start, and there was little he could do to win. McCain was nominated for the same reason as Dole, Gore, and Kerry -- it was his turn, but I digress.
Back to "doomed", I cite two factors.
1) McCain's party is essentially conservative, and McCain is a moderate. He has spent much of his career antagonizing the conservative base.
2) The overwhelming charisma of Obama vs the stogy "old gray haired guy" of McCain. Obama energized his base and people were excited to vote for him. And told all their friends. That excitement is (and should be) contagious.
McCain did not excite the conservative base (note your post on Palin vs Obama as evidence). He needed to get the conservative base energized. Yet his people were voting for him by default as the "lesser of two evils," and not with any passion. After decades of alienating his the conservative base, and Lacking a credible conservative champion running mate, McCain was doomed.
Like McCain, Lieberman is a moderate, unable to engage the conservatives.