Date registered: Feb 2007
Location: Florida, USA
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Personally I think that it was the sudden economic downturn in the last month of the campaign that did him in. Sure, those other mentioned reasons greatly contributed to his downfall, but he would have had a good chance if it were not for the housing market and Wall street meltdown and the stock market plunge. Too many people lost a substantial portion of their 401k retirement funds and most blamed the Bush administration for it.
These circumstances forced McCain to go on the defensive when Obama's campaign seized their chance and made the economy the primary focus of the rest of the campaign. And his infamous statement "I think that the foundation of the economy is sound" uttered only weeks before the meltdown made him look like he is out of touch with reality. Also, Phil Gramm's, (his former campaign advisor) statement "Americans are a bunch of whiners" angered quite a few people, especially when coming from someone who fought hard for the financial sector deregulation and was viewed as personally greatly contributing to this mess.
I am still amazed that McCain got as many votes as he got. I do not doubt that Obama's skin color cost him at least 15% of the votes. Racism is still alive and well in this country folks and we cannot deny it. What Obama untimately accomplished is truly remarkable.
Last edited by p100; 11-08-2008 at 06:39 PM.