I had two thoughts that I have not really heard being raised, at all, during this campaign, directly related to McCain.
1. John McCain does have a record of reform and crossing part lines, which is very appealing to Independents like myself .
However, from the get go, The Republican party screamed and hollered that McCain was NOT a good choice for the conservative movement. As a result, McCain pandered hard (in my opinion) to The Republican base, which in effect, pushed him further from the center and more to the right.
Now, those same people are screaming for McCain to win, when in fact, they were integral to hand cuffing him, from the onset, instead of letting him be the man he truly is/was.
Now those same people may have hurt themselves as Obama may very well be their next president.
2. I can not help but wonder what effect it would have had “if” McCain would have pulled a Lieberman and registered himself as an Independent, which in effect, would have separated him from a lot of the un popular Republican policies over the last 8 years, while keeping himself firmly distanced from the policies of The Democrats.
If McCain is truly that moderate, then why does he not move to an Independent?
I think it would have been a great move for him, politically, and frankly, for the whole country.