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We all know the John McCain we have seen in this presidential campaign is not the McCain he tried to embody 8 years ago when he was more of a Straight Talker and even a bit of a maverick in bucking party orthodoxy. I doubt even he is happy with the kind of negative and divisive campaign he has ran, especially since it hasn’t (fortunately) been effective. I figure he has one chance to try to salvage his integrity on Nov. 4 in a concession speech to bring the nation together. Here is what he could say:

With deep felt feelings, my friends, I want to congratulate President Elect Obama on his victory tonight, a result that in many ways is a victory for the nation. This has been a hard fought campaign. At times in the campaign, people in the audience or in the media made comments that were not appropriate and I tried my best to always repudiate them. But let me make it clear once again, here in the spotlight, that I truly believe Barack Obama is man of integrity and courage and the highest of ideals. He is not a terrorist or a socialist or anything but a patriotic American who has chosen to serve our country in its highest office, and I wish him the greatest of respect in this.

Throughout this campaign, Barack Obama and I have articulated the same goals for America, although we may have disagreed on specific policies. We both share a desire for a vibrant economy, strong defense, security and peace, accessible health care, and educational opportunity for all. Above all else, what I have tried to stand for throughout my political career is getting beyond party labels and loyalties to put the interests of all Americans first.

Today we have come together as a nation in our most sacred democratic practice of selecting our next President. I am as proud today as any day in my life to be an American, to have the freedom for all citizens to choose our leader, and on this historic occasion, to demonstrate that America truly is the land of opportunity for all.

As I offer my congratulations to President elect Obama, and thank all who have supported me throughout this campaign, I pledge once again to work together with our next administration and all those who will fight for the best America can be, to revitalize our economy, assure our security, and reestablish our reputation at home and abroad as a world leader and a beacon of hope.

Let me close by paraphrasing from our next President. As we showed today as we came together as a nation to participate in the world’s oldest and greatest democracy, there is not a white American and black America, a rural America and an urban America, a red state America and blue state America, a Democratic America and Republican America...We are one America, united in common purpose and dedicated to the freedom and opportunity that have been a guiding light for over 200 years. Again, my congratulations to our next President (avoid saying "that one"). Thank you and may God Bless America.

Originally posted to vtfamily on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 06:54 PM PDT.

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  •  did you give any thought to what you write here? (1+ / 0-)
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    Cody

    "Do not go where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path - and leave a trail " -Epicitetus

    by JadeZ on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 06:56:36 PM PDT

  •  Frankly, I don't give a shit what he says (4+ / 0-)

    as long as he concedes.

  •  Can we leave this to McCain? (0+ / 0-)

    In other words, Obama has not won anything yet.

    After 2000 and 2004, I will not be satisfied and I will not celebrate until I hear McCain himself concede.

    A diary like this invites complacence.  It invites people to believe the election is over and Obama has won.

    Although everything we see and read says the chances are slim, McCain can still win this.  

    Don't ever forget that.

    John McCain: A Myth, Not a Maverick

    by oxfdblue on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:02:12 PM PDT

  •  There is nothing he can do aside (0+ / 0-)

    from endorsing Barack before Nov 4.

    For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of anti-americans! -- jdw112

    by jdw112 on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:02:47 PM PDT

  •  a little early (0+ / 0-)

    and a whole lot of election left

  •  So you are measuring the drapes? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Hope you don't mind these edits (0+ / 0-)

    With deep felt feelings, my friends, I want to congratulate President Elect Obama on his victory tonight, a result that in many ways is a victory for the nation. This has been a hard fought campaign. At times in the campaign, people in the audience or in the media made comments that were not appropriate and I tried my best to always usually didn't lift a finger to repudiate them. But let me make it clear once again, here in the spotlight, that I truly believe Barack Obama is man of integrity and courage and the highest of ideals, even though I denied that throughout the campaign. He is not a terrorist or a socialist or anything but a patriotic American who has chosen to serve our country in its highest office and but for the campaign I have run it would be unnecessary to make such an obvious statement and, in fact, you would look at me like I was insane., -and- I wish him the greatest of respect in this.

    Throughout this campaign, Barack Obama and I have articulated the same goals for America, although we may have disagreed on specific policies. We both share a desire for a vibrant economy, strong defense, security and peace -- when we are not bombing Iran -- accessible health care, and educational opportunity for all. Above all else, what I have tried to stand for throughout my political career is getting beyond party labels and loyalties to put the interests of all Americans first. Those were the exceptions not the rule and I have grievously failed to do that in the last two years.

    Today we have come together as a nation in our most sacred democratic practice of selecting our next President, a practice I desigrated by the despicable campaign I ran. I am as proud today as any day in my life to be an American, to have the freedom for all citizens to choose our leader, and on this historic occasion, to demonstrate that America truly is the land of opportunity for all.

    As I offer my congratulations to President elect Obama, and thank all who have supported me throughout this campaign, I pledge once again to work together with our next administration and all those who will fight for the best America can be, to revitalize our economy, assure our security, and reestablish our reputation at home and abroad as a world leader and a beacon of hope -- even though there was no chance of this happening had I been elected.

    Let me close by paraphrasing from our next President. As we showed today as we came together as a nation to participate in the world’s oldest and greatest democracy, there is not a white American and black America, a rural America and an urban America, a red state America and blue state America, a Democratic America and Republican America, nothwithstanding those things I said in a self-centered attempt to get elected.We are one America, united in common purpose - at least until the first Republican filibuster -- and dedicated to the freedom and opportunity that have been a guiding light for over 200 years. Again, my congratulations to our next President (avoid saying "that one"). Thank you and may God Bless America.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:12:50 PM PDT

    •  Don't mind at all (0+ / 0-)

      All your edits are entirely right on, but I doubt this makes McCain look very good (tho it would offer a few laughs). I was thinking of these remarks between the lines of my little speech. Maybe you and I can together get a job as Rep speechwriters right after the election.

  •  He can say anything he wants (2+ / 0-)
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    Bronx59, Ephemera

    he still sold his soul to get the nomination, he didn't fight the selection of Palin, he only  reluctantly stood up to the hate speech and innuendo, and he capitulated to the righ on everything under the sun.  He has no integrity left - he shit on ot and flushed it down the toilet.

    Wingnuts - evolution's dirty little joke.

    by geneticdem on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:13:56 PM PDT

  •  You have comitted a big mistake w/this diary (2+ / 0-)
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    Cody, canoeist

    Please delete.. You are bringing bad Karma to us and Obama by posting this... For Gods sake delete this shit.

  •  He is toast (0+ / 0-)

    A dishonorable and disreputable campaign is his only legacy. His tired old views are about to be repudiated by the voters. McCain is a pece of 20th century flotsam that has just been flushed from the system.

    Don't you think John McCain looks tired?

    by MakeChessNotWar on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 07:18:43 PM PDT

  •  I liked the diary just fine (0+ / 0-)

    McCain will do well to do something like this when the time comes.

  •  My (hopeful) thinking (0+ / 0-)

    I don't see how pissing and moaning about McCain helps anything in the US moving forward. It isn't just about winning, but about bringing the country in a together to move in a positive direction. I hope it is not too early to look to election night--it is only if McCain has something like this in hand will he be able to make up (just a little) for his nasty campaign.

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