Is this the end for McCain?

By: Melissa Keller

November 17, 2008


With the 2008 election leaving its mark in history, it was no surprise that the voters’ reactions would be just as memorable. Whether it was joy or anger that made the tears rush down their faces, this was going to be a historical election no matter what. Although the last few months seemed to have split the nation in half (either being a republican or a democrat) statistics show that overall voters are pleased with the turnout.


As you can see, there is a slight drop in McCain supporters after the election, but the majority seems to be ok with Obama being elected.

So, where do we go from here? I think it’s obvious that the media will take care of our curiosity about the future course of President Elect Berack Obama, but what about John McCain? America still has this wondering thought of what will happen to that familiar person they’ve seen on the never ending TV ads for so many months. Will McCain remain Arizona’s Senator and embrace his defeat by Obama which will inevitably force him to unite with the one person he has despised over the past 21 months?

Senator McCain has been making efforts to cheer up his supporters as well as convincing his own self that this loss wasn’t a big deal. When he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno shortly after Election Day, he attempted to make small jokes about the election and his reaction to the loss.

…I don’t believe it was very convincing.

Many analysts have computed the factors that may have led to this ultimate loss, and the economy was one that hit the Republican candidate the hardest. According to Patrick Buchanan from Real Clear Politics, he states that McCain never really recovered from his drop in polls after his frantic actions during the unpopular $700 billion bank bailout. He also goes on to say that McCain failed to hold on to Bush’s share of the white working class votes, which showed to be true once the Election Day numbers came about.


Other reporters feel that it was an inevitable loss for the Republican Party. They say that the Democrats raised more money, had more registered voters, and were able to communicate to the public in a much more effective manner. It is obvious that this was not just a historical election because of the first African American President, but because this was the turning point for the American government and the way elections will be ran from here on out.

Although all of these things were major factors in the Republican’s loss, McCain’s last minute attempts to “woe” voters didn’t help either. His appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 1st made the ever so powerful politician look pathetically desperate during these crucial days of the election.

Even his horrible acting couldn’t save him from his ultimate failure that following Tuesday night.

Reactions from the election were made notice on, what seemed to be, every television channel. David Letterman made some nasty comments of McCain in his show following the election:

But on a more humorous note, the very funny South Park took a twist on the election when they displayed McCain, Obama, Palin, and even Michelle working together to get into the white house simply to steal a valuable necklace that was only worth a small portion of what they actually spent to get there in the first place. Also, it made fun of angry McCain supporters when they began building an Ark to escape from their corrupt nation while their opponents celebrated on the streets with booze in each hand. Unfortunately, the episode has yet to make its way to the public internet; so you’ll just have to see it later.

So the question now is, where will John move next? For now he plans to stay with the US Senate where he will have a much louder voice than ever before. The GOP is glad to have him aboard to help balance the new rise in democratic seats. Does this mean he’ll be the next republican to run in 2012? We’ll just have to wait and see.



Filed under McCain, Media, Republican

6 responses to “Is this the end for McCain?

  1. Steven Dell

    John McCain ran a very hard fought campaign and didn’t win, they give silver medals for his place in the Olympics.
    I don’t think that he will run again though. This was a very trying election for almost everyone and probably him the most. Remember he is the first Republican to lose to a Democrat that had more than 50% of the popular vote in a very long time. I really don’t think the GOP will let him run even if he wanted to.
    Besides he has still has a cushy job and he could be the next Strom Thurmond and be a Senator till he is like 106, Arizona likes him enough. I’m not calling McCain a racist by the way.

  2. Lance Thibert

    I honestly thought McCain was pretty funny on SNL.

    John McCain has been written off before, after Keating, the 2000 campaign, and in December 2007. McCain, I think, is already in the midst of a comeback. He is currently in Georgia campaigning for Saxby “Shameless” Chambliss (couldn’t resist) and is even talking with Barack Obama about the issues they can agree on. If anyone is capable of coming back from the political dead once again, it’s John McCain.

  3. stephenanoriega

    I love happiness bar graphs.

    John McCain will come back, but only in the incarnation of a well-respected senator. He would be 76 for the next election and 80 if Obama won as an incumbent in 2012. John McCain can wash himself of this campaign and get to the business of governing, something that I think he is pretty good at.

    McCain’s campaign was inferior to Obama’s. With the economy, this was a terrible environment to begin with for Republicans. That, combined with a sputtering, schizophrenic campaign with an incompetent vice presidential candidate and you get a Democratic victory.

  4. Sarah Popp

    I don’t think that McCain will run again in 2012. Some people worried that he was too old now, in four years he will really be too old. I think that this was just a bad year for the Republicans. Bush was a terrible President with dismally low approval ratings, and the economy is in shambles, and most blame the Republican Party for that. I used to work in a restuarant, and last summer, one of my customers told me, “If God was a Republican, he would have a hard time winning this year.”

  5. balaban13

    I think I have said it on numerous occasions in our class but I really believe that McCain had a chance to win the Presidency and do so without the Hockey Mom. Yes, she energized the base but in turn she pushed away the independents. That, in fact, was a net loss for McCain in terms of voter support. Based on all the information I read about the inside dealing within the McCain campaign, I think that his advisers, especially ex Bushies, pushed him to do and say things which were totally out of his character. I’m not sure if we will ever find out all the backroom secrets of that campaign, but I almost guarantee you that it was one of his advisers who came up with the whole suspend the campaign fiasco. As excited and rejuvenated as McCain was right after Palin’s pick, he looked tired, exhausted and disinterested to me at the end of the campaign.

    With that said, I do think that this is it for McCain in respects of him being the national candidate. GOP will never again choose him again and frankly I don’t think his health will allow him to run such a long and difficult campaign again. So, don’t be surprised if he now bucks the GOP again in the Senate and actually help Obama pass some meaningful legislation.

  6. Tony Robinson

    Great post and good commentary. Like Noriega said–you gotta love happiness bar graphs. How about a poll on whether we are “slightly annoyed” with some pie charts? Or a downright angry bar graph?

    In all seriousness, I wonder how those bar graphs would have looked if McCain had won? I predict the Obama voters happiness would have declined far more than the McCain voters happiness did. Obama voters were far more wrapped up in the idea of Obama and the need for change than McCain voters were. A defeat for Obama would have been absolutely devastating for the left and their happiness. McCain’s defeat was predicted and is not shaking up the repubs so much.

    McCain the crypt-keeper will not be running in 2012, though he can remain a respected and powerful senator–like Teddy Kennedy.

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