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“Mitt,” Al Gore, and Our Identification
With Presidential Losers

New Yorker, by Ian Crouch

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/25/2014 5:27:39 PM

In a recent profile of John McCain, in the Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich writes: Friends of McCain’s say that his loss in ’08, and the ridicule he suffered in the wake of it, was traumatizing in itself. “John has had two defining events in his life,” Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, told me. “The first was his imprisonment, and the second was his failure to win the presidency.” McCain was held in a North Vietnamese prison camp for more than five and a half years, undergoing torture and solitary confinement. Coburn is not equating that experience with an election loss—the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/25/2014 5:35:28 PM     (No. 9705708)

It really looks like McCain did everything he could to lose, he must have been very surprised that his losing campaign plan worked.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/25/2014 7:01:10 PM     (No. 9705773)

Presidential Timber is an ephemeral quality (a quality missing all over the place with BHO). Most here wouldn´t even agree with me that Romney possessed it. Also, that lummox Carter had a tiny bit of it, but mostly he covered it up with his liberal rants. (Who the heck was Gore??)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/25/2014 7:02:08 PM     (No. 9705776)

A sell out to his fellow visitors at the Hanoi Hilton and a sell out to the entire population of the US.......what a legacy.

His mean vindictive streak showing painted in neon running up and down his back is getting brighter all of the time. Thank the open primaries where dems voted for him. It certainly wasn´t his personality or his charm that carried him.

The only reason many, many of us "pulled the lever" was for his running mate, which he was not happy about because he wanted his friend the Dem turned Independent Lieberman to be his running mate. Not all that long before he decided to run in the 2006/7 period he was contemplating a switch of parties to the other side of the aisle. Yep, had a hard decision to make to either be a Dem or a Republican.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/25/2014 7:25:47 PM     (No. 9705797)

Well, if John McCain did not have the presonality and morals of Captian Hook, he might have won that election. It was all I could do to make my self even vote- Yes, I had to vote for him as he was our Republican candidate. That, for me and my wife, was a "traumatizing" experience. I don´t recall ever having such a feeling of disgust as I voted.

Many other Republicans simply could not bring themselves to vote at all in ´08- and I don´t blame them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/25/2014 7:34:33 PM     (No. 9705803)

McCain was never my choice, but like the earlier poster I voted for him because the alternative was unthinkable. I admired and had faith in Mitt Romney, however. Presidential timber is exactly what he possessed. Those of you who disagree are entitled, but you are wrong.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/25/2014 7:48:27 PM     (No. 9705809)

One has to ask the question-is there a "republican" worth voting for? So far, IMHO, not really. I´ve heard all the arguments for years, but I still believe it´s time for another (third) party to bury the "republicans". They have no identity or core values other than playing the stupid straight man to every democrat nutcase.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/25/2014 10:22:41 PM     (No. 9705868)

I´d trade my last years pay to have had Mitt win in ´12.
Unfortunately there´s not much on the line.
Mitt in ´ 16 would suit me fine.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/26/2014 1:04:12 AM     (No. 9705914)

I´ve voted for this crab arm loser and I voted for Romney but I won´t do it again if the elites choose another loser.
I liked Mitt Romney but he wasn´t up for the task.
Color me gone if it happens again.
McCain is a bonehead RINO.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: radrelic, 1/26/2014 3:59:55 AM     (No. 9705938)

Mitt Romney remaining in the news isn´t for his ego IMO but to keep his face before the country FOR the country.

He rebounded back from the defeat very quickly unlike Gore. McCain went back to being his "maverick" personna as if he had never left it but not without blaming his loss on Sarah whom without he would have had 0 excitement.

Those who didn´t or wouldn´t vote for GOP candidate deserve the government given to the social democrats (ie socialists) by default.

Did Mitt´s polls lies or did voter fraud play into the end game big?

We need to make a deal between GOP establishment and Tea party--we vote them in and they fix voter fraud and all else others care about--NOT total abortion ban. We just watched the apparently untouchable obama lose on Gun Control frontal attack. The parties equal sacred cows.

If conservatives and the religious folks are superior we better act like it and be more that superior.

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