Among the Most Wrong, in the Annals of Begin Wrong

In annals of being wrong, my “The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin are a Lock to Win” should be among the nominees for the most wrong, and demands a response.

Virtually every reason given for my all-to-certain win by McCain-Palin were wrong.

First, the media did not cause voters to do the opposite of what the media so clearly wanted, by their biased coverage. Second, the Gallup poll after Labor Day, as a predictor, did not hold true.

Third, the six states that picked the wining candidate since 1972 did not pick the winner this election, only one of those states did — Ohio.

Fourth, the Jewish and women voters who voted for Hillary Clinton did not vote for McCain. (The young vote did not post to the polls, turnout among this group only increasing by 1%).

Fifth, the instability in the economy and the world did indeed bode well for President-elect Obama.

Finally, there was no Bradley and no Wilder effect. In fact, according to exit polls which are not very reliable, there was a slight 2% increase in the percentage of Whites voting for McCain over President Bush in 2004, but – if true, and I am not convinced it is true — it is also irrelevant.

The crushing defeat of Senator McCain by President-elect Obama is stunning in its breadth. For Senator McCain to lose Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico means very simply that Americans wanted change, in the form of President-elect Obama.

The victory by President-elect Obama could be an even bigger if any of the four too close to call states like Missouri, North Carolina (?!) and Montana (!) go blue, once all the ballots are counted.

There is one awesome and great result of this election: America, by in-large, is now in an era of post-racial politics. Thank God! This is a great day for a new racial beginning, and the end of race as a device to divide in politics.

It may very well be that the meltdown in the stock market killed the McCain-Palin campaign – but that is largely irrelevant with regard to the every point that was wrong in “The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin are a Lock to Win.”

Rarely has any President-elect ever had the clear field to pursue what ever issues are highest on his agenda. The gain of seats in the U.S. House by the Democrats and loss of at least five Senate seats by the Republicans means simply that President-elect Obama and Congress can pass, quickly, economy changing laws without the filibuster to slow or change or stop them.

All Americans who opposed President-elect Obama should give him the respect that goes with the office, and be especially grateful and hopeful that the hand President-elect Obama used to reach out to Republicans does not get slapped, but is shaken – and that he listens, as he said he would, especially to those who disagree with him.

Some may wonder, would I have written the post if I knew the outcome in advance? The answer is no – but I take some comfort in the fact that I failed “daring greatly” in the public arena.

As Teddy Roosevelt said: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The transformation of the nation, and the implications thereof, to make Senator Obama President-elect Obama, has not been lost on me, or, obviously, on the millions of Americans who voted for Obama.

It was a breath-taking victory by President-elect Obama. I congratulate him and his team for delivering such a clear and convincing win. McCain-Palin was defeated in detail.