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One of these men has dignity in defeat, who represents a loyal opposition. The other guy is kind of a dick.

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Romney 2012 concession

This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.
I so wish — I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.
McCain 2008 concession
In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.
Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.
Tonight -- tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama -- whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.

    by Oregon guy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:30:53 AM PST

  •  Yeah. As miserable an old fart as McCain is (13+ / 0-)

    he really delivered an amazing speech that night.

    Now, McCain had the luxury of knowing for some time that he was not going to be elected and probably wasn't suffering the stinging pain of defeat as badly as Romney was. I'm sure that Romney thought that he had a shot right up to the end.

    OR Romney'sjust kind of douchey and didn't have a great, unifying speech in him.

    My bet is that it's a little of both, erring on the side of douche. I'm not sure why the folks on msnbc thought it was so wonderful.....

    •  We were told earlier that Romney hadn't written (4+ / 0-)

      a concession speech.  So there must have been some frantic scrabbling.

      McCain, yes, would have had his campaign working on his for a while.  Which doesn't diminish how admirable it was.

      What I'll say about Romney--he really looked and sounded relieved.  I'd mentioned to a friend earlier in the day that I thought Romney would find it a weight off his shoulders, and I think he partly did.

      And it was the soul of statesmanship next to, say, Akin's speech--

      •  Seems surprising (0+ / 0-)

        You would think that at least inside the campaign, there would have been some Nate Silver-style realism, knowing that the road to 270 was never easy for Romney - and that a concession speech would have been whipped up at least "just in case." I think he's just kind of a dick, myself.

        You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.

        by Oregon guy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:02:29 AM PST

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        •  It's being proven again and again that these guys (0+ / 0-)

          are all living inside the same FOXNews bubble. There is no other explanation. Rove seemed legitimately shocked at the call onOhio. Whether he thought that they had done enough to steal it VA and FL, or he was looking at "unskewed" internal polling on demographics, he thought that they had done enough to win this thing.

          They did not account for a 28% non-white electorate, or the determination of our voters to spend an entire day in line, waiting to vote.

          The more amazing thing to me is this - Romney could have swept OH, VA, and FL and still would have lost. This was truly nothing short of a beat down by Mr. President.

      •  Yeah, but has his campaign ever told the truth (0+ / 0-)

        about anything? I can't think of one thing.

      •  I heard yesterday on the radio that he had (1+ / 0-)
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        written a concession speech. Heard this about mid-day.

        This sounds exactly like something Mittens would do, make an executive decision against the advice of those he pays for advice. And a very short speech that twice says

        "I thought I would be a better President, and I still think I would be. I'm still sure this guy isn't qualified, but I'll pray that things work out."
    •  The Palin monster must have been some (1+ / 0-)
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      stinging pain, and it keeps on stinging.

      Her 11th hour endorsement of Romney is the end of her credibility with her base.

  •  Exactly right. McCain was gracious; but Romney? (7+ / 0-)

    Romney is conceding only his own peevish and stunned disappointment that he is not being given keys to the car and instead has to sit in the kids' seat in the back.

    Another post has it right about that "I pray for him" comment; it's obnoxiously condescending, basically saying "let's hope God prevents him from screwing up too bad".

  •  Narcissism anyone? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:53:08 AM PST

  •  Considering who he is (1+ / 0-)
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    Oregon guy

    it could have been a lot worse.  Perhaps they could have written a better speech for him, but no matter what is written, he cannot say it with conviction or passion.  It's just not in him....

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:05:48 AM PST

  •  Mccain had easier job (2+ / 0-)
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    It was an historic moment in 2008, the first Black President. Simply acknowledging this asserted the dignity of the moment.

    Thankfully we will now probably never know (until the time comes for memoirs in a few decades or so) what Obama would have said graciously in a concession speech.  

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:08:45 AM PST

    •  True (0+ / 0-)

      But I intentionally omitted the parts of McCain's speech which discussed the fact that Obama is our first black president.

      You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.

      by Oregon guy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:50:46 AM PST

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  •  The difference between a statesman (2+ / 0-)
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    and a dick.  Much as I disagree with John McCain on policy, I respect him a hell of a lot (though I wish he never went down the road of "do what we must to win" in 2008 with picking Sarah Palin... ugh) and he understands America way better than these Teathuglican assholes and a thousand times better than Romney who hears the last line of the pledge as "with liberty and profits for me."  I actually believe McCain believed in the words he spoke, and they sounded like something he would say.  Romney's whole "we're praying for you!" thing reeked of a backhanded compliment, one last jab at the president.

    Well have fun Romeny, you will now fade into obscurity with any luck for the rest of us.  

    •  Romney (0+ / 0-)

      He'll be alright. He's got all that money stashed in the Caymans to make him feel better in his loss. Plus, he's used to losing elections, anyway.

      You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.

      by Oregon guy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:51:56 AM PST

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  •  I could not believe Chris Matthews' and (0+ / 0-)

    some others' praise of Romney's speech last night and this morning. I will grant you that it was the best speech Mitt has given, but that is such a low bar.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:48:57 AM PST

  •  Proof there is no God (1+ / 0-)
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    When Romney invoked "honesty" in that speech, he was not immediately stricken from above with a lightning bolt.

    Talk about brass.

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