By the Numbers: A Look at McCain's Loss

Nov 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Looking at just how devastating the Republican defeat was in Tuesday's presidential election, it's interesting to see how low Sen. John McCain's percentage of victory was in several reliably red western and southwestern states. —- He carried Texas 56-44 percent, Montana 50-47 percent and even his home state of Arizona by just 54-45 percent.

Meanwhile, he lost previously red Colorado 53-46 percent and Nevada 55-43 percent,and perennial swing state New Mexico wasn't even close — Obama took it 57-42 percent. And California, the nation's most populous state and biggest prize, is now a Democratic landslide — Obama took it 61-37 percent.

Various pundits have suggested one factor in this is that the growing and influential numbers of Hispanic voters in these states are turning against the extremist, paranoid anti-immigration stands that the Republican Party's ruinous radical-right wing demands of its candidates. If so, it's ironic it cost McCain so dearly since he's been a progressive voice within his party on that issue. But he silenced that voice during his campaign, to placate his party's core — just as he chose a blatantly unqualified running mate because her views were radical-right.

In the end, McCain kept that wing — probably the element of the Republican Party he least likes personally — and nobody else, save perhaps a few millionaires who want another tax cut. That party is not going to be able to win in the future with that as a base, because everyone else is turning against them.