McCain Concedes Defeat

I found it telling that McCain’s crowd booed his congratulation of Obama. It was an odd contrast to see such grace in defeat from someone who ran such a wilfully ugly, negative, racist and deceitful campaign. It spoke volumes that his only speech from the heart, which seemed truly honest, took place after his defeat.

I urge all Americans — (applause) — I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that. (Cheers, applause.)

It is natural — it’s natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought — we fought as hard as we could.

And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.


It was your failure in recklessly picking Sarah Palin without any vetting, it was your failure to curb your legendary temper in the debates, it was your failure in coming across as erratic when the economic crisis hit, it was your failure in setting loose the very robocalls you despised (and which destroyed you in 2000), against now President-Elect Obama, portraying him as something he was not. You have the ability to make limited amends by living up to your dignified words here, and truly working in a bi-partisan manner in the Senate to help Obama fix the awful problems afflicting America. Calling your opponent a ‘terrorist’ by insinuation or design might have been an effective election strategy throughout the last generation, but no longer.

This election the country decided the problems it was facing were too great and they needed someone who was prepared to move past such meannness. Hillary Clinton campaigned for the Democratic nomination because she believed cynicism would always trump Obama’s message that the old-style politics really could be overcome. In that she was like her even more cynical friend John McCain, who will go down in history as the first white man to lose to the first black nominee for president, who has now won on his very first attempt.


9 responses to “McCain Concedes Defeat

  1. Typical liberal blather…..throwing out “racism” without a shred of evidence to back it up. Now if you were speaking of Clinton vs. Obama, you’d have a valid claim.

    Also, I’m not surprised by the crowd booing at all as it is a result of how nasty and hateful the left has been over the past 8 years. You might as well get used to it.

  2. I’m not going to bother to – read past blog entries which do – but I’m as fully aware that Hillary Clinton did exactly the same thing. You seem to have missed the point that both she and McCain operated in as equally a cynical a way in their approach to this election, and they both failed because of it. That wasn’t a partisan point – Obama truly has transcended traditional partisan divides in overcoming his opponents.

    How nasty and hateful the left has been the last 8 years? Are you on crack or something? I think it’s actually you who’d better get used to this – Obama won, Grumpy McCain lost, and that happened for a reason.

  3. No, I didn’t miss the point. You are just wrong. The Clintons used racist tactics but John McCain’s campaign did not. I see from your past posts where you say that Obama has been called a terrorist and this and that, but you don’t produce anything showing McCain’s campaign doing any of it. Again, show me some proof.

    Yes the left has been nasty and hateful the last 8 years. They’ve had their Hollywood cronies and the liberal media attack dogs going non-stop from day one of Bush’s presidency. I’ve seen lots of blogs like yours today crowing as if Democrats have come into power to stay and it’s just delusional. History has shown us that it will not last:

    Carter – D
    Reagan – R
    Bush – R
    Clinton – D
    Bush – R
    Obama – D

    Notice no big streaks of Ds or Rs in the list? The tide is bound to turn back in the next four to eight years…..especially with Dems having control of Congress. And yes, get used to the attacks on Obama! People who had to listen to 8 years of attacks on Bush are going to take every opportunity to do the same to Obama.

  4. I don’t need to show you the proof again if you can’t be bothered to find it yourself. It’s a moot point anyway – you’ve lost, you might as well get used to it. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of you who can’t, but that’s the point of this particular election. I hope that Obama runs his White House and presidency in the same dignified and intelligent manner in which he’s run his campaign to keep you and the right wing at arm’s length for some time.

    Hateful? Did you not notice the hate whipped up against gay people, against non-‘Christians’, against ‘non-Americans’? Did you not notice the McCain/Palin campaign meme of ‘Real America’ with its disgusting, insinuated continuation of the idiot Bush’s ‘you’re either with us or against us’? Maybe you think that those who weren’t with you should just sit back and take it, but you’re now in the minority I’m afraid.

    Who said the Democrats were back for good? Me? I don’t think so. The challenges facing Obama are colossal and could derail him quite quickly. He might on the other hand find ways forward noone else can, and show the leadership this country has needed for a generation. The electoral cycle however, being what it is, will inevitably result in a future Republican president – I don’t know what that has to do with Obama’s current victory is though.

    People who had to listen to 8 years of attacks on Bush are going to take every opportunity to do the same to Obama.

    I’m sure they’ll continue their mean (see the other recent blog entry?) spirited ways, not having learned a thing from the way in which the Bush administration divided both the country and the world for cheap political gain. Remember Bush ‘won’ in 2000 promising ‘compassionate conservatism’ and then did the exact reverse? Oh I get it – attacking him for that is somehow hateful, right? Get some insight.

    Oh hang on Obama won, your side lost. Hahaha.

  5. At least McCain struck the right note at the very end of the campaign, even if some of his companions last night couldn’t raise their sights and show grace in defeat. (Although in fairness, compared to the liberal reaction to Kerry’s defeat in 04 on the net and in the media, that was downright warm).

    I found it interesting that the commentators chose to largely gloss over the mean-spirited and divisive tone of much of the McCain campaign at the moment we witnessed its death throes. Some mentioned it somewhat euphemistically but others passed over the whole discussion.

    It’s unfortunate that McCain didn’t feel he could campaign as himself – unless the mistake we’re all making is that this person who slung so much mud is as much as himself as the person who made such a gracious concession.

    I always used to think that, if we must have Republicans, then McCain wasn’t a bad sort overall – he at least was willing to show some bipartisanship and independence of thought.

    Then this campaign happened, and when Sen. McCain returns to the Senate I will not be suddenly able to view him as I used to.

    Politics is a tough business and both sides were engaging in plenty of mud-slinging, let’s not paint the Democrats as prim innocents in all this, but in all conscience I cannot equate Obama’s efforts to portray McCain as erratic, out of touch, a Bush clone and a man of poor judgement, with McCain trying to portray Obama as a socialist, communist, Marxist, friend to terrorists, menace to national security, tax-hiking, Pelosi-ass-kissing far left liberal inexperienced ignoramus. I thought some of McCain’s attacks were beyond the pale, and sit oddly with McCain’s new view of Obama as “my President” – will he be calling him “President Socialist”? “President doesn’t seem to understand”? “My Redistributor in Chief”?

    No, McCain chose the low road in cahoots with his campaign team, and no matter how uncomfortable he looked with that, it was his campaign and the responsibility – the failure, in his words – rests with him. And now it’s hard to see him as some sort of high minded independent.


    President-Elect Obama spoke very clearly about the need to take some of the divisiveness out of the discourse, to end the politics of personal destruction.

    I don’t believe, though, that anyone truly believes that January 2009 will augur some sort of Stepford Wives Congress, nor is Fox News suddenly going to declare themselves Obama-mamas.

    Indeed, as the dust begins to settle it’s clear the divide is no smaller than it was 24 hours ago and will be fought just as bitterly as it has been for years.

    Obama must try and govern as president of all the people of America, even though it seems very likely that a substantial proportion of America will refuse to see him as anything other than an imposter who sold America a con trick to take the White House.

    The politics of hope are all well and good but there’s a lot of people who can’t see past their own fears of who he is and what he will do, to give him a chance to offer a greater unity.

    The policies may change, and the direction may change, but don’t expect a new kind of politics. They’ve been waiting for that one longer than for the second coming and the return of Christ himself is probably more likely at this point.

  6. @scoobs I think you’ve said it best, Sometimes Jason seems a little willfully ignorant of the political machines that both sides employ and nothing much is going to change in that regard. I carry some small hope that Obama will be as clever and charismatic as Reagan and get his work done. However I’m deeply skeptical that gays will see any benefits from the current congress and president.

  7. I’m not sure why you moved the goalposts of this thread away from what both I wrote, and what g.peaceburton replied, but the question of gay rights under Obama is the subject of a future thread. As with the rest of his platform, he’s going to have the impossible task of deciding, with the conditions he’s inherited worse than any other president in recent memory, what can be tackled in his first term and what can’t. Despite the point I made in my post about that, there will indeed be cold realities which begin to be faced in January.

    You’re also welcome to look at much earlier posts in the year which I vaguely remember about Obama, vis-a-vis ‘change’. It’s entirely possible that Obama becomes the US’ Tony Blair, promising the earth and delivering diddly squat. At this point there’s no way of knowing, but again, from January he’s going to have to face cold realities of what it’ll take to get things done and either become what Bill and Hillary have become or truly be the first to find a new way. Given that the earth hasn’t fallen off its axis yet, the former remains more likely than the latter, but I live in hope…

    Sorry, was that wilfully ignorant?

    @Scoobs – that was a really awesome post.

  8. hmm I suppose i was off topic a bit but thought I clarified. Let me put it this way, if you think McCain was anti immigrant, why was it Obama’s side that framed NAFTA and every free trade deal and an insult to the “american” worker. Why was it Obama that killed a free trade deal with Columbia even though it was in the us workers best interest?

    I meant no disrespect, truly I really enjoy posting and talking on here. But having immersed myself to often in the Kos threads that scream for jewish blood, or the BDS rants of people claiming that Bush kills children for sport. I have as little tolerance for the far left as I do for the far right. I am a Humanist, I believe that the species must grow adapt and spread. I want the least suffering for all, and I want people to learn enough history to stop repeating it’s mistakes. I truly hope for the best from Obama, but I remember believing in Clinton too.

  9. also I may be a bit bitter over prop 8. sorry if it’s leaking thru.

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