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  •  Romney was a better candidate than McCain (4+ / 0-)

    For the following reasons:

    1) He knew about domestic policy, McCain didn't. He could discuss it in detail, McCain couldn't.

    2) He was (and is) a much better communicator than McCain. Better speaker, better at expressing ideas (even if they were mostly bull).

    3) His pick for running mate, while still quite out there with loony Randroid beliefs, at least didn't come across as dangerously, proudly ignorant. In terms of policy there might not have been as much of a difference, but the politics were better.

    Also, the thing with Palin is that she essentially guaranteed McCain wouldn't win the election since too many people saw her as unfit and in turn saw McCain the same way. But she probably chipped away at Obama's margins by driving out disaffected conservatives. It's not necessarily illogical to say that Romney would have run a better campaign in 2008, and would have lost by more to Obama than McCain did. Once Palin was picked, McCain lost the election. With Romney-Pawlenty, say, the chance might have been 5% of their winning, but it wouldn't have been around 0%.

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