Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Resounding Obama Electoral Victory not as Big as George H.W. Bush 1988 Win

2008 Electoral College results

With North Carolina the only state in the balance, Barack Obama has won a resounding electoral victory in the 2008 Presidential Race.

Should he survive potential court challenges to his natural born status and Constitutional eligibility for the office, Barack Obama will enjoy large Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. Fortunately, Republicans eked out enough Senate victories to keep the Democratic majority there below 60 -- which means the Senate will not be filibuster proof.

John McCain carried only states that comprise the SEC, Big Twelve, and Mountain West Conferences. Everything else -- Big Ten, Big East, Pac 10, ACC, and all the others -- went for Barack Obama.

It's the largest electoral margin of victory since George H.W. Bush soundly defeated Michal Dukakis in 1988, when Bush won 421 Electoral College votes to 117 for Dukakis. But it's no landslide as was Ronald Reagan's 18 point victory over Walter Mondale in 1984 (Mondale managed to win only the Electoral College votes of Minnesota and the District of Columbia).

1988 Electoral College Results

McCain lost the election for three reasons:

1. He was not a true conservative.
2. His response to the September financial markets crisis was empty theatrics combined with a wimpy acceptance of a bad bailout deal filled with pork.
3. He failed to attack Obama's left wing, anti-American philosophies. He especially missed the opportunity to attack Obama for his twenty year association with Jeremiah Wright.

And so, from the ashes, the Republican party must now rebuild itself, returning to the true principles of conservatism.

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