How did Obama become President? Well, there was an election in 2008 (Electoral College: McCain—173; Obama—365). After two terms of Bush/Cheney the economy was in the toilet; the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” reason for the pre-emptive war in Iraq proved to be a lie, and The United States had fewer and fewer friends in the international community. World Opinion Grows More Negative After Bush Re-Election
Since the Bush presidency had been such a dismal failure, his party’s control of the White House, Congress and the Senate came under serious question by the American people. Bush’s Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent – CBS News
Even McCain knew aligning with Bush would not be wise. McCain Continues “I’m Not George Bush” Theme – From The Road – CBS …
George Bush knew it, too. Nation & World | Bush stays low-profile at McCain fundraiser …
But you have to understand how Obama got the nomination. Remember—he had the biggest political campaign war chest in history. Did he get it from poor people struggling to pay their rent? No, he got it from very rich Republicans (and some Democrats) who were trying to keep him in the race so that Mrs. Clinton wouldn’t have her party’s nomination sewed up more than a year before the Republican convention. Videos for big republican money backs Obama vs clinton
At the time, that was the strategy. Unfortunately, by the time the Republican Party held it’s convention it no longer mattered. A new strategy (one that included losing the election) was needed. And, that is exactly what happened.
When the economy failed, power players and top academic thinkers knew it was going to take more than four years to turn it around. Because of that, many surmised if the Republican Party won this election, they would lose the White House for at least the next 16, perhaps 20 years!
So, the Republican power base knew they didn’t want to win in 2008: it was the fourth down, and they couldn’t punt. They couldn’t punt because it was no longer a football—it was a hornet’s nest. So, they had to fumble. Why? They had to lose so they could blame the economic mess on the next guy. Let the Democrats take the White house for four years, then say “I told you so” loud enough to get it back rather than give it up for a couple of decades. So, big business money continued to follow Obama.
The facts are that the Republican Party couldn’t come up with a winning candidate; further they didn’t want one. By default, McCain got the nomination, but they had to make sure he didn’t goof up and win. How were they going to do that? Simple: give him a running mate that would be an embarrassment to the entire academic and thinking community.
It worked—McCain and Palin sabotaged each other—it was the worst campaign since Bob Dole’s back in 1996 (which mirrored his campaign failures during previous attempts for the presidency).
I asked a rather influential power player who donated money to Obama that you would have expected to go to the Republicans (and who prefers to remain anonymous) about that:
“But didn’t McCain pick her? Didn’t he choose her resume from the stacks presented to him?”
He laughed, and answered: “Pick a card. I’ll hold the deck, and you pick. If you let me hold the deck, your pick will be predictable…every time. Don’t you get it? The same people that were pushing McCain to pick Palin wrote her ‘Bridge to nowhere-thanks but no thanks’ speech. They were the same people who eventually made sure the press found out it was all bullshit.”
Even lame-duck President Bush knew Palin would be the demise of McCain’s campaign and end any hope of The Republican Party keeping the White House in the 2008 election.
Historical treatment of George W. Bush is not likely to be good. How will history treat Barack Obama? Time will tell. In the meantime, we will look for empirical substantiation of decisions made, logical conclusions not drawn from emotions and political dogma. I’d prefer to get it from dialogue between intelligent observers, but that isn’t always easy to find, is it? Instead, the public tends to get their input from the rhetoric of talk radio and television hosts who, quite frankly, generally appeal to the uneducated voters in this country. I do not look to Fox or MSNBC to give unbiased news or opinions. Fox News and MSNBC: Not the Competitors They Should Be | Capital …
And to close, I don’t expect to get it from circulating e-mails, either.