Subject: The Sad Fall of John
Today, November 5th, John McCain must be playing
the would've-should've-could've game in a big way.
During his concession speech America saw the John
McCain of 2000 return, a reasonable, calm,
respectful man speaking well. The kind of man
who could carry moderates and conservative democrats
and win the presidency. John McCain knows that.
Just as he knows that he sold his soul to the right-wing
base after 2000 in order to get through the primaries.
He knows that his pick of Palin drove away the
independents and undecideds. He knows that any
other republican VP pick with experience means
that Obama isn't flipping red states. He knows that
even Joe Liebermann was a better gamble than
Sarah Palin. He knows most of all that if he had
remained true to himself that he wins the election.
He knows that in the ultimate irony, what he had
to do to get his bid for the presidency cost him that
presidency. He knows he listened to the wrong
people and followed the wrong party line. He knows
his gut was right and the RNC was wrong. He knows
that his moment of glory, stepping up in the
primary debates to denounce torture when all
his opponents were gung-ho for it and grabbing the
moral authority by saying "I was tortured" was
tarnished by an increasingly desparate and negative
campaign. He knows he blew it by selling out.
He knows he allied and slept with people he hates.
That has to hurt.
Hopefully he knows as well that the right man
for the time won. Hopefully he knows that he can
still do good work in the senate under President
Obama. Hopefully he knows he can come home
and find himself an who he was again.
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