So there was no real suprise in the end. My man McCain was done by Obama but it was no embarassing defeat for the Republican. The final public vote is looking like 53% v 46% so not the hiding that the electoral college vote shows. If you want to see a hiding look at Richard Milhous Nixons’ election victory in 1972. He took 60% of the vote against the Democrat George McGoverns 37%,
Still as Senator McCain said, the people have spoken and have chosen Barack Obama. I for one will be interested to see what he does. The scenes yesterday were reminscient of when Blair and the British Labour Party kicked the Tories out in 97. ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ remember that. Other than the National Minimum wage I am not sure what else Blair did with his time and power.
I think any Republican would have struggled to beat Obama this year, but McCain stayed within touching distance which you have to give him credit for.
My only regret in this campaign is that McCain was not allowed to be McCain. The John McCain I met and saw campaign in California in 2000 would have been more of a challenge.
He was more like his old self in his concession speech.
It was good to see so many people lining up to vote though, its good to see people excited by politics again. What did amaze me though was all the Swedish Party leaders on the box in the studio at an early result all debating and chewing over the result. Its interesting because they all backed Obama.