On November 13th, 2008 at 11:30 am, chapoutier said:
lgm, the only time republicans lose elections is when democrats tell us who to pick.
Remind me again how democrats did that?
Open primaries? Maybe you can pin this on the independents, but I recall the democratic primary garnering just a wee bit of interest. Doubtful any significant number of Dems wasted their primary vote voting in Republican race. But in any case, it seems to me the real turning point was Florida, which was a closed primary.
Exit polls in the Florida primary showed that fully 20% of the people voting in the Republican primary identified themselves as either Democrat or Independent.
When the Democrats were told that the Democratic primary would not count (their delegates would not be seated at the convention), that gave many an incentive to switch registration to Republican and vote for McCain in the Republican primary.
And the media most certainly helped McCain…
Remember that New York Times endorsement of McCain?
McCain came in fourth place in the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd. Within three weeks of that 4th-place finish, the media was already starting to call him the “presumptive nominee”.
Fred Thompson was McCain’s stalking horse in SC. Thompson started the race late, had no “fire in the belly”, and left the race early. He was not “in it to win it”…he was in it to ensure that McCain did not lose SC to an evangelical like he did in 2000 to George W. Bush (that loss led to McCain’s “Agents of Intolerance” rant shortly thereafter).
Thompson took just enough conservative votes away from Huckabee to ensure that Fred Thompson’s “Good Friend John McCain” won SC.
Mission accomplished, Fred quit the race three days later.
The media lied and said that Huckabee had left the state of Florida the Friday before the primary. was still campaigning actively in Florida, but it was difficult to get the truth out. Voters who thought he had pulled out assumed that he had given up on the state, and this likely suppressed turnout for him.
CNN had originally scheduled a debate for February 28th. That debate would have been very helpful to Huckabee against McCain. CNN cancelled the debate and cleansed any evidence that it had ever been planned. The Values Voter Coalition scheduled a venue for a substitute debate on February 3rd, but McCain refused to attend, and instead held a cookout with the media (CNN included).
Lastly, anyone who appreciated having Sarah Palin on the ticket should give credit where credit is due…not to John McCain but to Mike Huckabee…McCain was ready to pick a pro-Choice VP, and it was only when Huckabee’s delegates threatened to walk out of the convention that McCain gave in and picked a true conservative VP in order to prevent a mutiny at the convention.
I leave you with this…no matter whether you love Huckabee or hate him, you cannot deny that he committed in writing to Senator Sessions’ 15-point plan (including building fences on both borders by July 1, 2010) and Huckabee was adamantly against the massive Bailout.
Instead, McCain will support open borders, amnesty, and his “leadership” on the bailout led many other Republicans in the House and Senate to follow his lead, support the bailout, and sink the Republican party. Democrats caused the problems, created the crisis, and Republicans got blamed.
Love him or hate him, Huckabee would have run a much better campaign against Obama than McCain did.