What a remarkable election! Despite the fact that Obama supporters dominated our education system, our film industry, our unions and our news media, John McCain and Sarah Palin fought the good fight and came close to winning anyway.
Despite being outspent 5 to 1 and 4 to 1 in many key states, McCain-Palin only lost Florida (27) by 2 points, Ohio (20) by 3 points and Virginia (13) by 3 points. If those three states (60 votes total) had gone the other way, the totals would have been Obama-Biden 277 to McCain-Palin 260.
Over 110 million Americans cast their votes and McCain-Palin only lost by 4 million or 3.6% of the total - not a landslide or a mandate by any stretch - just a hard-fought contest between two strong campaigns.
I know a lot of pundits will start nit-picking McCain-Palin first thing tomorrow, if not already, but I wanted to say how proud I was of the way they fought this campaign and how much they accomplished against very long odds.
My family feels like we have gotten to know both John McCain and Sarah Palin and feel great affection for the inspiring leaders they both are, for their wonderful families and for the long hours they put in helping to keep U.S. free and reminding us how great this country is.
Thank you Senator McCain!
Thank you Governor Palin!