Originally Posted by ikestoys
Oh I completely agree. The problem is that isn't what you said, or what I said. You said they were a political liability. If that was actually true it would have prevented the massive gains the republicans made.
I don't think anything
could have prevented the massive gains they made in 2010...just like McCain was never
really a contender in 2008, W had made damn sure the R's weren't going to keep the white house no matter who they ran. To a lesser extent, Gore faced the same type of problem in 2000, but he was also a very weak candidate imo. McCain would have been a much better candidate with 1. Being a bit younger 2. A better campaign staff (ie not constantly preaching to the choir of the repub base and trying to convince everybody of what a conservative "real" repub he was...essentially imo he never realized he had won the primary and now needed to run against a dem lol) 3. A better VP nominee.
With all that being said, expect big gains for the Dems this year (although not to the extent the R's had last time), and an easy win for Obama, as Romney is a much weaker candidate than McCain was (can only beat Obama when talking about economy, otherwise will be made to look foolish while talking about anything else).
edit: ^^^^ this is obv. heavily dependent on voter turnout. not sure if first time (and now second time) voters will come out for Barry in the same strength they did last time. That is the real X factor in this election imo, not whether or not Romney can sway Obama voters or independents (he can't...he's too rich/disconnected/religious).