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jsalwen wrote:When McCain ran against Dubya, the con5ervative press was much more vicious. McCain was accused of being a Manchurian candidate, his wife was accused of having a drug habit, and he was accused of fathering a illegitimate child.
The thing was, the guys who helped engineer the smear campaign against McCain when he ran the first time were the same guys he hired to run his campign this time around. What worked for them in 2000 and 2004 failed this time around. According to Palin, they are the primary reason she was mishandled. And when we saw the fracturing of McCain's campaign towards the final few weeks, they were again at the center of it.
I do not believe it was McCain who lost the election. Certainly, he made the choice to bring on Schmidt and the old Rove gang. But I think these guys tried to turn him into something he simply never was.
And the fucked up thing is, it wasn't the liberal media that was responsible for this shit. It was conservatives. When you got guys like Bill Kristol turning against you, that's not due to the influence of the liberal media. When you got guys like David Frum talking about how the republican party needs to find a new way...to muthafuckin Rachel Maddow, for christ's sake, the problems are not owned by the media.
But let's be honest about something else: conservatives were never truly stoked by McCain in the first place. They can attempt to turn it around on the media all they want. But they didn't rally 'round the nom with the gusto they needed. I mean, he came out of the nomination with a hell of a lot of clear road ahead of him. The Democrats were still dusting it up rather nastily, and all McCain had to do was sit back, let the sparks fly, and build up his own capital. But he left a bad taste in the mouths of conservatives that wasn't cleared until palin came on board. And at many McCain/Palin rallies, people were there to see her.
That was fucked up.
And how many conservatives were pleased to see McCain supporting the bail out. Milton doesn't like to be called a conservative, but that guy was livid. And when he says he didn't vote for McCain, I find myself wondering why.
Was it because of that no-good liberal media and how hard they were sucking Obama's peen? Or was it because of...something else? He's not unique. How in the fuck could Obama have on Ohio otherwise?
Conservatives abandoned McCain. Not all of them. But too many.