Chapter . John McCain

John McCain had a wild ride to the Republican nomination. His campaign seemed to have run out of gas when he came back strong to win the primaries. Then, falling behind Obama in the polls, he made the bold choice of Sarah Palin, who gave him a brief bump in the polls before becoming a late night, talk show joke.

Cartoonists pounced on McCain for being old, and took joy in drawing his crazy neck. McCain seemed hot and angry compared to cool Obama, often flip-flopping to whatever position seemed to give a boost in that day’s polls. He abruptly stopped his campaign to focus on the economic crisis. He moved from one theme to another, accusing Obama of associating with terrorists, saying Obama would raise taxes on “Joe the Plumber;” ...

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