Post-Election Analysis

Posted: November 7, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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Sorry man...

Well, so as not to dwell on bad memories, let’s just say that Tuesday didn’t go well for me (haha). That being said, I’d like to congratulate President-Elect Obama on his convincing victory, and hope that he is successful in building a better future for America.

With that future in mind though, hoping for his success does not mean that the GOP simply rests on its laurels. Republicans as a whole need to examine what went wrong this year, and do what we can to ensure it never happens again. First, of course, is the pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for the Vice President slot. I said from day one that she was not the right choice. I think we can leave it at that.

Second is the economy’s collapse in the midst of the campaign. Senator McCain just did not have the people around him to construct a proper response (i.e.- Mitt Romney as VP). Third, and the most inexcusable of them all, is that we, as a party, need to stop denying the existence of the Internet as a source of information, and a powerful communication tool. To be honest, McCain’s website was very difficult to get around, and Obama’s use of the Internet was nothing short of masterful. To campaign successfully in the 21st century, the GOP must realize that it needs to embrace new media, and the opportunities it presents to candidates to reach new voters.

Speaking of new voters- the GOP must make efforts in building inroads with minority groups in this country. Most minorities flocked in droves to Barack Obama, and if we become the party of strictly Caucasian Americans, we’re not lasting much longer. One of the most promising young Republicans who may be able to help bridge this gap is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is of Indian decent. Other potential nominees could include the aforementioned Mitt Romney, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Like I said, though I’m not pleased with the results, this was an enjoyable election season, and I wish all of the victors the best in helping our economy get back up on its feet.

~John Cassillo (Check out John and Jose’s political column running every Friday!)

  1. Kate says:

    I agree with you that a big downfall in McCain’s campaign was his mis-use or maybe non-use of the Internet. In my mind, McCain was simply not as accessible as Obama was to voters because of the Internet and I think that really hurt him.

    On a related note, here is a link to a Washington Post opinion talking about how McCain will be remembered as the most worthy presidential nominee ever to be denied the prize:

  2. Kate says:

    Here is a great article about how Obama’s Internet campaign changed politics:

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