Tuesday, November 4, 2008

McCain's concession speech

McCain's concession speech was gracious, honest, and from the heart. That was the McCain I supported back in 2000. Had he run his campaign in that tone, I suspect the outcome could have been different. Reminded me a fair bit of another Arizona Senator, Barry Goldwater.

Added later: This blog entry by Joe Gandelman sums up my feelings rather accurately (especially since I was a McCain supporter -- and contributor -- in 2000 who voted for Obama):
But, most strikingly, the speech was vintage 2000 John McCain — and it was perhaps a bit bittersweet to some of McCain's 2000 supporters who voted against him this year as they most likely wondered: "Why didn't he talk like this during the campaign? Why didn’t he run using this same tone and persona?" McCain's speech made it seem as if a long lost twin brother had suddenly reappeared. It was one of the finest moments of his long, troubled campaign. This time he wasn’t worrying about the reaction of his party’s base — only what he felt needed to be said. Just like in 2000.

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