When the presidential election is finally over, there will be those who will begin to point the finger of blame for why the losing candidate lost. Where will the finger be pointing? Well, that will depend on who loses the election and who is doing the pointing.
If John McCain loses the election, there will be those who will point the finger at Sarah Palin as the reason. She has been beaten pretty badly in the press and many will continue to do so. Part of the reason for this is because neither the press nor the moderate wing of the Republican party want to see her as a major figure in Republican national politics in the future. She’s too poplular outside the elite east and she is too conservative. In other words, she is a threat and they want to continue to take her out.
Some will say that the candidate’s handling of the economic crisis was to blame. “Frankly, John McCain might still have lost the election, but he should have come out against the bailout and voted no on the bill,” they will say.
Others will say that nobody could have beaten the media bias and the amount of money Obama raised (legally or illegally–and it doesn’t matter which it was now that the election is over!). It was just too much to overcome.
If Barack Obama should come out on the losing end of the election, the press and the vast majority of his supporters will say it is because America is a racist county. They will be wrong, but their minds are made up that that is the case before election day has arrived. You never hear anyone from either of those groups say that the candidate is too far to the left and that his views are not that of mainstream America.
There will be a very few who might point the finger at the Clintons being behind why Obama might have lost. There has been a feeling of conspiracy brewing since the primaries and it will continue for some.
An even fewer amount of people will say that Joe Biden’s gaffes hurt the candidate and that if someone else (like Hillary for instance) was on the ticket he would have won.
The big difference will be if John McCain loses, there will be more people blame the candidate than there will be blaming Obama if Barack Obama loses. Republicans are a little more used to blaming their candidate than Democrats. Democrats always seem to want to blame someone else for why their candidate lost.