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How to Run Ahead of the Ticket

aparis Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 12:25 AM
John Mccain lost the election because he showed weakness against a candidate that fought dirty and mean...McCain wimped out ...Palin might have saved the election had McCain and the republican party not thrown her under the bus in going after who Obama really is...how in hell does a man like Obama get on the ballot when he is not even legally eligible... and you can not convince me that McCain didn't know that and about Obama's socialist/communist/islamic connections... Obama in not only not eligible but he is totally anti-American...and McCain failed to call him out ..... as did Romney... if the republicans want to win they need to be totally conservative and honest but hard charging and willing to hit back harder than the democrats...

A version of this column appeared in THE DAILY BEAST.

If Republicans hope to break their wretched streak of disappointing presidential campaigns – losing the popular vote in five of the last six White House contests – they should learn crucial lessons from the only candidate in that dismal span who proved notably more popular than his party’s national brand: John McCain.

Indignant conservatives may instantly object, citing the conventional wisdom that viewed McCain’s campaign as singularly hapless and inept, and noting the undeniable fact that the Arizona Senator’s opponent, Barack Obama, won a higher percentage of the popular vote...