George wasn't invited.
The war in Iraq was toxic with voters.
Then there was Katrina.
with a thousand points of light.
Globalization came down hard on the middle class
families dependent on Made in the U.S.A.
Car repossessed. Home foreclosed.
Higher education deferred.
He ditched his Maverick label.
As presumptive presidential nominee
McCain needed unity behind his leadership.
But to powerful conservatives he remained
unsteady and unreliable.
Colluding with the enemy.
Here's McCain huddling with Wisconsin Democrat
Russ Feingold to get campaign finance reform
through the Senate. The Arizona Senator also
worked with Ted Kennedy to legislate a path
to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
McCain says "close it down".
Senator McCain was an early and frequent critic
of the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq War.
Despite his misgivings McCain remained firmly convinced
the reasons for the war were right.
Lower taxes. Balance the budget. Deregulate business.
Mitt Romney was a small government conservative.
A conservative's conservative. Talk show hosts
and Fox News anchors preferred Romney to McCain.
9/11 on everyone's mind.
Security and military preparedness
emphasized terrorism as the nation's
number one threat.
America's Mayor folds in Florida.
New York Mayor Giuliani had the early lead
among candidates for the 2008 Republican
Presidential Nomination. It was a mirage.
His prochoice stance on abortion was
reason enough to nix his prospects.
Jobs. Culture. Security.
Like globalization much of the Republican elite
were blind to the anger over immigration that
was rising among the Party's base.
Baptist minister wins Iowa.
A large turnout of evangelicals at the state's
Republican caucus made the difference
in the former Arkansas Governor's defeat
of Mitt Romney.
"Hillary's more conservative than McCain."
Always the provocateur Ann Coulter
knew the soft spot in John McCain's support.
Star energy and charisma.
John McCain wanted former Democrat Senator
Joe Lieberman as his running mate. However,
picking Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin brought
disgruntled conservatives back into the