Why McCain Has Such An Uphill Battle

One of the things I believe is that, like him or hate him, John McCain was the only candidate still in the running on Super Tuesday that had a chance to win. In other words, McCain has a decent shot to pull it out in November while Romney or Huckabee would have probably been struggling to prevent Obama landslides at this point. Take a look at this excerpt from the Politico and you’ll see why that’s the case,

Only twice in the 20th century has a candidate from the same party as a two-term president won the presidency, most recently in 1988, when George H.W. Bush replaced the term-limited Ronald Reagan, who was about twice as popular in the last year of his presidency as President George W. Bush is now.

But the biggest obstacle in McCain’s path may be running in the same party as the most unpopular president America has had since at least the advent of modern polling. Only Harry Truman and Nixon — both of whom were dogged by unpopular wars abroad and political scandals at home — have been nearly as unpopular in their last year in office, and both men’s parties lost the presidency in the following election.

I hate to say this because I think George Bush, like Truman, will be much more appreciated by future generations than he is today, but simply pointing at W., a Republican President with an approval rating hovering around 30%, is going to be a very effective argument against McCain.

Yes, McCain is a moderate “maverick” who has a lot of disagreements with his fellow Republicans, but he is still a Republican in what’s shaping up to be a terrible year for the GOP. Combine that with McCain’s knack for infuriating conservatives and he’s going to have a bumpy, extremely difficult road to navigate, if he’s going to get to the White House — even against a mediocrity like Obama, who’s clearly too liberal, unpatriotic, anti-white, and inexperienced to be President.

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