With the election results in, Politics 24/7 presents to you the Winners & Losers, a weekly wrap up of the week’s luckiest and most down trodden, the best and the worst, the top and the bottom.
In this, the innaugural edition of Politics 24/7’s Winners & Losers, we feature the lucky recipeints in the election week results.
HILLARY CLINTON –The concept of President-elect Barack Obama dashes Hillary’s hopes for possibly 8 years by which time a presidential run for her will probably not be in the cards.
RICK DAVIS -The man in charge of John McCain’s presidential campaign failed to pull any rabbits out of his hat and looks for others to put the blame on. He sucked and there is no need to look any further to find blame.
THE MEDIA -Since they turned against Hillary during the primaries, they spent the rest of this election proving that they were in the tank for Barack Obama. They used this election to prove that they are more biased commentators than unbiased newsbreakers.
ELIZABETH DOLE -Despite the anti-republican atmosphere, the North Carolina Senator was one of those few, rare republicans who could have kept her seat. Complacency and overconfidence while in office, a poorly run campaign and a desperate last minute attempt to win that tried to exploit religion in a harsh tv ad, ended her career on a low note.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH -No matter what, he gets the blame for Republicans losing and for the poor economy that helped put the nail in the coffin of Republicans running throughout the nation. Whether it’s his fault or not, he presided over the events we experienced and the buck ( or in this economy, the 25 cents which is the the equivalent of a buck), stops with him.
- PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA -You may disagree with him but he won and he is now our president. Should he be? Maybe. Maybe not, that has yet be seen, but he established a campaign that did all the right things, established an exceptional ground game that didn’t just get him elected but won him a special place in history and allowed the United States to thankfully prove that although racism may exist, we can overcome it.
- NANCY PELOSI & HARRY REID -As the leaders of the house and senate, they accomplished nothing during the past two years that they were in power. In fact their lackluster, liberal, leadership only helped hinder the Obama campaign. But despite it all they are rewarded with increased majorities and now they have one of their own in the White House. For Reid and Pelosi everyday will be Christmas for at least two years.
- THE TWO DAVIDS –David Plouffe & David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s campaign manager and media strategists, respectively, orchestrated an effort that avoided landmines, sidelined the Clintons and made history. Their efforts may not have created the greatest and most creative presidential campaign we ever saw but it worked and achieved a first in American politics. There’s lots of power and money in their futures right now.
- JOE THE BIDEN –He wasn’t going anywhere in his own right and as he approaches the end of his long political career, second banana isn’t the worst way to do it.
- JOHN McCAIN & SARAH PALIN -Like him or not, he ran hard for what he believes in, served the nation in many different ways and did so above and beyond the call of duty. His campaign wasn’t very well run but that’s to be expected from a person who is less interested in politics than he is in getting good things done for the people. As for Sarah Palin, she can either build upon her fifteen minutes of national fame and re-enter national politics in as few as 4 years or she can just continue holding statewide elected office in Alaska for as long she wants Can you say Senator Palin? Either way, her future is bright.