A Democrat on ‘the Real McCain’

Walt Washington, the apparent victor in the Kitsap County Auditor’s race, was among the many who called tonight’s win for Barack Obama “historic.” He didn’t think Obama would win by as much as he did. This election, he said, will be a life-changer for many Americans.

Washington was able to see McCain’s concession scpeech, of which he said, “He was the real McCain. That was the McCain I liked and admired. He was the McCain I thought he always was.”

39 thoughts on “A Democrat on ‘the Real McCain’

  1. I agree, Mr. Washington! John McCain gave a timely and gracious concession speech. (It could be an example for those closer to home.)
    I think one reference to ‘African American” would have been sufficient, though. President Elect Obama’s win transends the color of his skin and highlights his character. What a great day!

  2. I’m not sure how President-Elect Obama’s win transcends the color of his skin or or affects his character….or tells us how many people voted for him based on his color. We’ll never know. It doesn’t matter now.
    This election is historic for ALL Americans and America, not just a few.

    What we do know is that we can hope for the best and support him the best way we can for the sake of this country and its people – of ALL COLORS.

    We can and I do, wish him well.
    Sharon O’Hara

  3. John McCain’s speech was so gracious and thoughtful. Like the writer says above, he showed the old John McCain we have always loved, not the man who ran the campaign for the last few months. I think we all want to forget that man and keep our real John McCain.

  4. Honestly I could see the republicans running someone from a “Blue State” that has gotten elected statewide like a Governor or a US Senator. Senator Norm Colman of MN or Senator Gordon Smith of OR come to mind or had Rossi made it he would have been a decent shot at running for President.

    I think that the 2012 Republicans are going to run as real DC outsiders now that the Dems control the congress so I think they are going to be looking for Governors. But I don’t see anyone from the 2008 campaign running again with the exception of Huckabee and Romney but I don’t see any figure from the Bush administration running.

    If there is a constitutional amendment that allows Governor Arnuld to run the President Obama is screwed in 2012 because if a Republican wins California it is all over.

    Currently Senator Smith of OR and Senator Colman of MN are slightly ahead but headed for recounts. If they win I think either of them have a good shot at the whitehouse in 2012.

    The Republican 2012 campaign starts today.

  5. Well, Sharon,what I was TRYING to say was that the color of Obama’s skin is irrelevant…to continue the point, his religion (not Muslim but if it was, so what?)and his middle name….all of those non- issue “points” that were spooled over and over….were silenced by the character of his speech. I was struck by the fact that he spoke about us AND TO US; he addressed the issues, the healing that needs to occur on so many levels. He could have pontificated here, but he was too wise. It is not about how his speech affects HIS character. It is about how his CHARACTER affects us.

  6. Jake, we have made Rossi go away!

    McCain was a poor choice for the Republicans, in my view. Add Palin and failure was assured. She needs to sit on an ice flow facing north, ya know, guys and gals? (Sorry, Jake I couldn’t help it).

    Oh, I meant to say: The Democrats are starting their campaign today too. :0p

    Arnold?? Not even if he could.

  7. Palin is going to stay Governor of Alaska.. Alaska voted for CONVICED CORRUPT FELON Senator Ted Stevens last night… “Face palm”
    McCain is going to stay in the Senate until he retires and I think we have heard the last of Dino Rossi unless he wants to run and loose the US Senate seat in 2010 against Senator Murray.

  8. John McCain did give a very gracious speech. That’s because he’s old school. Not like most of todays young people.

    Also, I can certainly tell who the liberals are. The beatdown Sarah Palin mob is here. If she wasn’t good enough to be Vice President by liberal women voter’s, I most certainly would vote for anyone you sponsored.

  9. The following passage is from Lincoln’s biography regarding his first inauguration. The Presidential election has many similarities to the McCain / Obama race where there were accusations of being anti-American, threats on Lincoln’s life and crude racial insults.

    The manifest reference here is to the co-workers for the extension of slavery: namely, Stephen A. Douglas, Franklin Pierce, Roger B. Taney, and James Buchanan. One of this number, Franklin, had fallen into welcome oblivion; James had escorted Lincoln to the platform; Stephen stood immediately behind him, alert to show him any courtesy; and Roger, as Chief Justice, was about to administer the oath of office. It was a rare case of poetic justice.

    Lincoln was introduced to the vast audience by his former neighbor, E. D. Baker, at this time senator from Oregon. In one hand Lincoln had his silk hat, and as he looked about for a place to put it, his old antagonist, Douglas, took it. To a lady he whispered: “If I can’t be President, I can at least hold the President’s hat.”

    The real John McCain emerged in his concession speech last night in Phoenix. It was a tragic error that he let people convince him to stray from being a statesman. Unlike the mob that showed up to hear his speech he truly understands the word from Lincoln on the need to unite:

    “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

    For all the Republicans that voted for McCain:

    “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. ”

    The same is true for both the McCain and Obama camps – no matter what you think of their politics or policies, neither is spending any time whatsoever trying to make things worse.

  10. It is clear to me that if McCain would have acted like his speech last night and his recent appearances on SNL it would have been a lot closer race. Obama stills wins but it would have been closer. That what happens when you hire the likes of Rove.

    Those of you that were inspired for the first time with Obama’s speech last night all I got to say is where have you been. He is the most exciting candidate since Bobbie Kennedy. I hope we let him lead us in the direction we need to go.

  11. John Carter: Palin is a world class embarrassment, whether she is young or old, male of female, Democrat or Republican. She and Ted Stevens deserve ambiguity, which is what I seriously wish for them.

    And …you are painting “most of today’s young people…” with too broad a brush. It depends on the person….”OLD” and “GRACIOUS” don’t necessarily equate.

    Jake, you’re a hoot and I hate it when you are right…

    Jim, thank you for the bio tidbit…perfect!

    I’ve been an Obama suppporter since Hillary didn’t get the nomination… The difference between Hillary and Sarah, whether you like her or not….Hillary knows that proximity to Russia is not foreign policy experience. Ya know? I’ll betcha a six-pack on that.

  12. “…She needs to sit on an ice flow facing north, ya know, guys and gals? …’Hillary knows that proximity to Russia is not foreign policy experience. Ya know? I’ll betcha a six-pack on that….”

    What is the point of being vindictive and petty trying to ridicule someone who lost a race?
    Few stomp and kick another person into the ground when they are already down for the count.

    Instead, what are the ideas to how we can best help Obama in his new role?
    Sharon O’Hara

  13. It’s ice floe, brainiac. And Sharon, it’s a popular pasttime around here, kicking people down who have already rolled over for you. Ya know?

  14. Linda, are you speaking for the world now? That’s a big responsibility. You should try to speak more eloquently when you are speaking for the world.

    You are aware that that Alaska is located on the other side of a foreign country, aren’t you? It’s not part of the contiguous United States, although Alaska and Russia were once connected by a land bridge. Little Diomede, Alaska, USA is .6 miles away from Big Diomede, Russia and after relations between the two countries improved in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, family members from Alaska were able to visit their Russian relatives for the first time since before the Cold War. I think it was 45 years. So, “I can see Russia from my kitchen window”, is innacurate and an understatement. And was obviously a figure of speech. Well, actually, if you are one of the 1,700 people living on Little Diomede Island, you can see Russia from your kitchen window.

    You sound so ignorant about the politics and geography of a state in your own country, yet you know what the whole world thinks of Sara Palin.

  15. Karen-You are right, it is floe, not flow. Typo. Doggonit, guys and gals!

    Among others, I listened to what my son, who lives in London, had to say….he travels around Europe. And in case you are wondering, he is a summa cum laude college graduate. Unless it was a conspiracy, there were news broadcasts of people dancing in the streets all over the world! Some of those people even spoke.

    And for heaven sakes, it was a JOKE. I stand by what I said, though. I do believe that Palin is an embarrassment.

    I am elated that Obama is the president. He is superior in every way, in my opinion, to McCain. One of McCain’s biggest errors in judgement was choosing Palin for a VP running mate.

    That is a big leap, assuming that I don’t know history. WOW! Smile more.

    I am sorry that you were offended; none intended.

  16. I said geography and politics, not history.

    Actually, you were trying to offend, but I wasn’t offended. I just think what you and your political allies are doing to Sarah Palin is similar to what some Middle Eastern men do to their women. And in your effort to make friends throughout the world, doesn’t it start at home? You hold the Republican party and its leaders with such disdain, your own countrymen, yet you are going to to out there and make friends with everybody and fix everything. It’s kind of comical, really. No offense.

    I do admire and respect President-elect Obama, how could you not? He is going to need everyone’s support because it is going to be a rough ride.

  17. I find it interesting that members of the Democrat party seem to have a strategy of calling those people they disagree with “stupid”. I don’t know ANYTHING about Sarah Palin, but I would wager that someone who works her way up to governorship of a state has a lot more on the ball than anyone blogging here or, EVEN, a failed two-bit political hack like Tim Botkin (and I mention him because he cast just such a stone at her in this very paper).

  18. Yeah, people running for VP should get tripped up by “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader” questions as reported by Fox News.

    According to Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, there was great concern within the McCain campaign that Palin lacked “a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency,” in part because she didn’t know which countries were in NAFTA, and she “didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.” This is in front of the Newsweek piece that comes out today with information that was kept suppressed until after the election.

    I would be embarrassed if I was a member of the Republican Party or a resident of Alaska that someone with her shallow knowledge was chosen to lead. I would give her credit that she has been someone who has taken advantage of her opportunities, but she over stepped her abilities and level of competence in accepting the VP party nomination. The last thing this country needed was a cheerleader for hate and divisiveness. First impressions are hard to over come and the chants of 2012 will most likely not materialize. The Republican Party insiders will tear her apart during the primary armed with what they know about her now. The shine has come off the apple.

  19. Bluelight, I’m not even sure what Democrat or Republican means anymore, but I’m not against anyone. I guess my political views are a hybrid of the two. I just think it’s odd that Linda is starting down the road to world peace and understanding by ridiculing the vanquished.

    Sarah Palin is uneducated and uninformed, JimK, but I don’t think she’s stupid. And I’m not convinced the Republican party will even be around in 2012, at least not as we know it today. It started in the 1960’s, with the Party’s move toward conservative Christianity. Senator Barry Goldwater basically left the party in disgust. He was an admirable man, but I don’t think libertarianism is the answer. There’s already too much emphasis on the individual in this country. Part of me thinks people need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get on with it and part of me knows it’s what goes on between people, relationships and connectivity, that is the answer.

    Maybe we should try to understand each other and tolerate and champion our differences. ????

  20. Karen wrote: “I guess my political views are a hybrid of the two.”

    Mine, too. And I hope we in the vast middle wrest control back from the extremists on both sides. The thing that stuck with me from President-elect Obama’s election night speech was the part where he said that he would listen, especially hard, to those who disagree with him. I think this has been lacking for a long time and it has contributed to our national rancor and division. Democrats must feel that the President hasn’t been “listening” to them over the past eight years. And – as a result – their discourse has grown angrier and angrier. In our state, I believe the right (I won’t say “Republicans” because I am not that, myself) hasn’t been “listened” to by those in charge. And our discourse has grown angry and divisive. If we are to become again the “united” states, we have to allow differing viewpoints their fair say and consideration in our political debates. That means the Feds no longer dismiss anti-war sentiment as “weak”. It also means – for example – that, locally, people in favor of things such as SEED no longer dismiss opposing viewpoints as ignorant. We’ll see.

  21. Actually, As I SAID, and if you KNEW what I was thinking: what I said was meant as a joke. Morph it into something else if it makes you feel better. You assign so much vitrol that isn’t there, at least where I sit.
    I am surprised that my use of the word “history” did not conjure up for you an inclusiveness encompassing geography and politics as PART of that history. That is what I was thinking….. I have no ulterior motives. It was a joke. You believe whatever you wish. Your crystal ball for reading my mind or intent is opaque.
    And I didn’t even call you names or besmirch your character when I saw YOUR typo.
    Jim K-I agree with you. My personal opinion, if I am allowed to have one here (I’m smiling) is that the shine was never ON the apple for Palin.
    Let’s move on to Steven’s next blog. :>)

  22. Oregon’s Senator Smith just lost his bid for reelection as the count finished. Scratch him off the 2012 GOP list. One more Democrat in the US Senate!

    I am not sure if the GOP base is willing to get over Senator Colman on MN’s religion to support him in the primary but basically he is the only person in the GOP right now that I would be worried about in 2012.

  23. Well, it’s hard to pick up on sarcasm or satire from text. I know what you mean, I’m from a different part of the country. Sometimes when I say things that would have family and old friends rolling on the floor with laughter, people around here look at me with a blank look on their faces. It’s tough when you have to explain your joke.

    I hope you have a wonderful day. And I’m happy for and proud of the United States.

  24. OK, let’s just have fun with the blogging. I don’t have the energy for anything else. :>)
    For instance, the GOP (or any party) discounting/including someone because of their religion, which appears to be a concern for Jake, is probably realistic.(Am I am reading your thought correctly, Jake)? However, the reality of that makes me weary. As you can guess, I believe in the separation of church and state.

  25. I was not being sarcastic at all. Senator Colman is currently in the Senate seat that my political hero Senator Wellstone held and he faced off against Al Franken. They are all proud people of the Jewish faith but religion and race has always been a factor in tough political fights. I wish it was no so and I personally vote for the best person regardless of what they do in their place of worship (or if they have one). Mitt Romney being LDS was a factor for him in his campaign, John Kerry being Catholic was a factor in his campaign, George Bush being born again was factor for his campaign, and certainly President Obama church and former preacher was an issue in his campaign. Also Governor Palin personal intersection of her religion and politics has been a cornerstone of her political career.

    Honestly the fact that Jerry Falwell was McCains “Spiritual Advisor” should have been an issue for me since I loath Falwell.

    So far an American Jewish politician has never won the Presidential nomination of either party. Don’t get me started about Joe Leiberman.

    I really wish someone’s religion, race and sex was not a factor in presidential politics. I hope for the sake of the Republican party and the American electoral process that the Republican presidential primary would embrace Senator Colman personal faith instead of using it against him in a tough campaign fight for the nomination. Between now and 2012 there is going to be a tough tough fight for the control and direction of the national Republican party. The intersection of personal faith and political fights in US politics has been an ugly so far and I hope that everyone can get over it.

    A politican’s faith has never been a factor in getting my vote but I do think that people are going to vote based on their own faith.

    It is a very sensative issue.

  26. “…So far an American Jewish politician has never won the Presidential nomination of either party…”

    Until 2008, a black man had never won the Presidential nomination either.
    Maybe next time a black or Hispanic woman will win the nomination and Presidency….maybe a Jewish woman to boot.

    Not so far fetched when we realize that by 2012, Caucasians are expected to be the minority in this country.
    Sharon O’Hara

  27. Thank you, JimK, I appreciate all the details and links you provide. And I was funnin’ you when I suugested the candidates just start throwing up links.

  28. Sharon as of 2007 white Caucasian Americans that were not of Latino or Hispanic decent make up 66% of the US Population or 198.1 million. I don’t see how that is going to change by 2012 enough to be a minority.


    That is a lot of people moving in a short about of time.

    Also President-Elect Obama racial make up is just as much Caucasian as African. I think that he is at the forefront of a new generation of leadership that don’t define their politics and potential by their ancestry or the color of their skin.

    He is also the first President from Hawaii, the first President to be born AFTER the Baby Boomers and the first true progressive President that was not a part of the DC establishment since 1976.

    He is also one hell of a guy

  29. Jake, I ran across the stats during one of the times I was researching the subject of illegal aliens. I would have included the url for backup.

    The stats also included illegal aliens and descendants in the projection of minorities becoming the majority in the U.S. by 2012.

    “……group claims that the “old timer” illegal aliens [from 30 years and backward] may represent another 20 to 30 million [including their offspring over the years].

    …clearly … it is in the area of at least/more than 12 to 20 million. “…

    I’ll try to find it.

    Like the rest of this country, I too hope for the best and will support the Obama Presidency of the United States.
    Sharon O’Hara

  30. Well Sharon there is going to be a census in two years so the national demographics figures (and congressional districts) will be updated by 2012.

  31. Jake — so is Josh Brown going to be pulled up to the Obama administration? Just think of the possibilities both here and there.

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