Matt Towery

McCain was guilty of doing what he had taken a solemn oath to do: deal with the situation. Obama handled the crisis in the same manner. But McCain's party, fractured and broken, could not decide whether to trust a badly damaged President Bush who warned Congress of almost dire immediate consequences if a so-called "bailout bill" was not passed immediately, or the phone calls from constituents, the very same who had put Bush back in office in 2004 by a huge margin. They demanded that Congress reject any bailout.

McCain was trapped between what he believed would put his country or his campaign first. As had been his tradition, he opted for, whether one agrees or not, country first. His fate was sealed.

Ironically, only a day after the election ended, pundits and writers from many national news organizations were musing that they "really didn't know much about Barack Obama." They were right.

And so America entered a new era of change not knowing if Obama would become the next John Kennedy, if he would meet the comparisons drawn earlier in the year by some to Jimmy Carter. Thankfully he had survived the campaign season without being harmed, a constant fear justified when a group of white supremacists was arrested just days before the election having plotted Obama's assassination.

We will have none of that. Instead we needed as we came to the end of the 2008 race to pray for the safety and success of our president, be he Republican or Democrat -- liberal or conservative.

And we needed to thank John McCain. A man who suffered physically for his country as a soldier and battled valiantly and honorably for his party, even if they never wanted him in the first place.

Ironically in the closing days of the race, I heard Mitt Romney on talk shows across America. Sarah Palin, when asked if she was interested in running for president in 2012 said, "No." But then again, she noted she was responding after a grueling campaign.

And after being on the air and giving interviews for a solid 24 hours, I entered my home the day after the election, and my wife handed me a special overnight package. It was from Newt Gingrich outlining the achievements of his Americans Solution group in 2008.

I tossed it on my desk in a stack labeled: To Be Read Before 2012.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery