Day: July 13, 2007

The president that should’ve been

It’s pretty much over for the Arizona senator, a depressing coda for the man who should’ve been president in 2000. I was a huge supporter back then — even contributing money — but found his quest for the 2008 nomination a wince-inducing contradicition. Regardless, it’s sad that he’ll be on the outside looking in at the likes of Mitt Romney and Hillbot.

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Plenty of pundits are checking in with postmortems, but there’s but one logical conclusion to McCain‘s demise: he became establishment when establishment wasn’t cool. Americans want a maverick this time around — hence the rise of Obama — while McCain figured (based on his sour 2000 finish) the best route to the White House was the road most traveled, loading his roster with ex-Bushies. His timing was bad; his calculation even worse.

Damn shame, since he still would’ve made the best commander out of all the candidates running.