xackley wrote:5% of the popular vote is historically HUGE.
I agree that it was a pretty decent margin, taking into account the racial overtones that this campaign inevitably made us face as a nation. I also feel that, while the McCain camp was bucking the very heavy headwinds of the unpopular 8 year Bush Presidency & general anti-Republican sentiment in this country, his campaign's relentless negative attacks on Obama & choice of a totally unqualified running mate for VP angered the voting public & drove them away from his party even further.
Add to that my opinion that Sen. Obama ran a practically flawless & tactically sound campaign while McCain's tactics were wrong at almost every turn (& there were plenty of turns
) led to last night's result.