November 6th, 2008 By Steven Rosen | News | Posted In: 2008 Election

By the Numbers: A Look at McCain's Loss


Looking at just how devastating the Republican defeat was in Tuesday's presidential election, it's interesting to see how low Sen. John McCain's percentage of victory was in several reliably red western and southwestern states. He carried Texas 56-44 percent, Montana 50-47 percent and even his home state of Arizona by just 54-45 percent.

Meanwhile, he lost previously red Colorado 53-46 percent and Nevada 55-43 percent,and perennial swing state New Mexico wasn't even close — Obama took it 57-42 percent. And California, the nation's most populous state and biggest prize, is now a Democratic landslide — Obama took it 61-37 percent.

Various pundits have suggested one factor in this is that the growing and influential numbers of Hispanic voters in these states are turning against the extremist, paranoid anti-immigration stands that the Republican Party's ruinous radical-right wing demands of its candidates. If so, it's ironic it cost McCain so dearly since he's been a progressive voice within his party on that issue. But he silenced that voice during his campaign, to placate his party's core — just as he chose a blatantly unqualified running mate because her views were radical-right.

In the end, McCain kept that wing — probably the element of the Republican Party he least likes personally — and nobody else, save perhaps a few millionaires who want another tax cut. That party is not going to be able to win in the future with that as a base, because everyone else is turning against them.

11.06.2008 at 09:21 Reply
I'm not a political advisor, but it seems to me that, first of all, you want a candidate who motivates your base. That was so true of Obama and so not true of McCain. Next you need to take stock of your base, and the fact is the Republican base had degenerated into just a bunch of loonies who hated Mexicans and people of color in general, hated followers of one of the world's major religion, and were willing to spend as much as would take to kill just about anybody and everybody in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and so on and so on. In short, although Republicans wear flag pins on their lapels, they have been terrorized by terrorists. Their own propaganda should have told them that meant the terrorists won.


11.07.2008 at 02:34
This is a very rude, obnoxious post. You have no clue what will happen in the next four years of an Obama presidency. I would think you would want to say nice things about all Americans, no matter what their race or political party.