If John McCain Had Won The Election

What would things be like if John McCain had won the 2008 election? Walter Shapiro takes a look back at the imaginary first 100 days of the McCain presidency:

Asked about his testy relations with Congress during his lone prime-time press conference (which scored near-record low ratings) in late February, McCain retrieved one of his musty jokes from mothballs as he cracked, “To quote Chairman Mao, `It’s always darkest before it’s totally black.'” The beleaguered McCain congressional relations team printed up T-shirts, which they still periodically display on trips to Capitol Hill, with the inscription, “Is it totally black yet?” It is ironic that McCain, the first president elected directly from the Senate in 48 years and a legislator known for his willingness to work with Democrats in the quest for compromise, is well on his way to becoming the most veto-prone president since Harry Truman, casting 13 during his first 14 weeks in office.

Even if McCain had won the White House with a clear majority –– instead of becoming the second successive Republican president to take office after losing the popular vote –– he probably would have been hard-pressed to find common ground with congressional Democrats on the economy. The ideological fault lines have been deep, from the size of the economic stimulus package (McCain’s original $420 billion proposal prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to brand him “President McCheap”) to the administration’s laissez-faire attitude toward a looming General Motors bankruptcy and the almost certain dismemberment of Chrysler (the Detroit Free Press headlined, “McCain to City: Drop Dead”).

There’s a lot more, including what became of Sarah Palin and Meghan McCain:

Sarah Palin was, in theory, supposed to be McCain’s emissary to the Republican right. Instead, the Tina Fey lookalike spent most of her time negotiating with the tabloids, as the breakup of Bristol Palin’s engagement to Levi Johnston made OctoMom seem publicity-shy. In contrast, Meghan McCain has played against type, avoiding any unplanned appearances in the gossip columns, limiting herself to tweeting about visiting Girl Scout troops at the White House and announcing plans to write a book (all the proceeds will go to charity) about how young voters naturally gravitate toward grandfatherly presidents.

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  1. 1
    Christopher Skyi says:

    Day 101 hasn’t been a great one for Obama.

    Check out this video of Air Force One doing a low level fly-by of Goldman Sachs (after a similar low-fly of this huge jet scared the beejeezus out of people in Battery Park on Manhattan):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0tMMYEkQU

    Apparently it was a pre-approved photo-op.

    White House Military Office director Louis Caldera issued a brief statement.

    “Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” he said. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, its clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”…

    When President Obama was told about the incident, he was “furious,” a White House official says.

    Caldera was called into a meeting with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina.
    “It didn’t sound like a fun meeting,” the White House official says.

    More “photo-op” terror here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TPjJ4PXXMc

  2. 2
    Brett says:

    “McCain to City: Drop Dead” would have definitely happened.

  3. 3
    Christopher Skyi says:

    It would not have been a bad idea:

    Sliding down the slippery slope:
    GM said that it will ask the government to take more than 50 percent of its common stock in exchange for canceling half the government loans to the company as of June 1. The swap would cancel about $10 billion in government debt.
    If team Obama agrees to this, the taxpayers never get their money back, and the “State” will own 50%+ of the company.  If that happens, it’ll be looking more and more like France (economically) over here, minus the hot Paris babes.

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