In a tough fight with GOP opponent Mitt Romney and faced with economic meltdown-downturn, President Obama and his cohorts are nostalgic for Obama’s Republican opponent Sen. John McCain, who lost the battle for the White House in the 2008 elections.
However, things were not the same back in 2008, when the mantra Democrats were chanting was the disaster cum catastrophe McCain would herald if he was elected as the president of the United States.
What was feared of McCain was a list of blunders that would jeopardize the future of the United States, including approving a failed troop surge in Afghanistan; subjecting denizens of this world to extrajudicial assassination; failing to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention facility; not coming up with any productive measures to combat climate change; being unable to bring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiating table; exacerbating conditions in nuclear armed Pakistan; failing to increase jobs in the country; and following Bush’s footsteps in supporting tax cuts.
Well, this is how the symmetry of American politics is, with Obama volunteering for all the aforementioned catastrophes. The final nail in the coffin came in the form of weakening of Democratic Party to an extent that was hitherto not witnessed by its members.
What McCain could have done
It is crystal clear that McCain would have gone for an individual from Wall Street as Treasury Secretary preferably Tim Geithner, whose financial interest would have gone a long way to bail out the financial institutions in the form of much needed financial reforms.
Likewise, when it comes to tax cuts, economy’s growth rate and joblessness, McCain could not bring about any major change vis-à-vis the state of affair now in Obama’s administration, keeping in view McCain’s inclination towards Larry Summers as his head of National Economic Council.
Nonetheless, the political landscape would have presented a different picture had McCain emerged as a champion of 2008 U.S elections.
For sure, it would have elevated Democratic clout in Senate as well as in the House. We all would have gotten rid of “Tea Party," “death panel," “Obama Youth," “don’t raise the limit until we gut poor," along with the way Obama excited the spirit of the Tea Party.
Criticism over the Muslim ancestry of Obama and allegations over him being a white-hating Antichrist would have been overshadowed by the caucasian war hero McCain. Still, it would have been hard to bridle the tongue of Rush Limbaugh who would come up with his criticism in one way or the other.
What about Sarah Palin?
Despite being despised by McCain, Sarah Palin would have been the vice president but would not have been able to enjoy her powers as a vice president is authorized to. In fact, insiders say that McCain and his aides were planning to dump Palin but did not get the chance to do so.
Democratic control of House
Well, in that case again not only the Democratic control of the Senate as well as the House along with unfavorable Republican decisions and policies would have left McCain handicapped, repeating the history of George W. Bush resulting in the weakening of those social programs that need dire attention.
Afghanistan and Pakistan
Instead of sending 33,500 U.S troops to Afghanistan McCain would have approved 40,000 troops as part of the "Afghanistan Surge" suggested by Gen. David Petraeus. Also he would have been supported the idea of keeping 100,000 troops in Afghanistan till 2014, but would have been pressurized to reduce the number to the extent Obama did.
In case of Pakistan, scenario would not have been much different with McCain destabilizing Pakistan in the same manner as Obama did, by possibly increasing drone strikes and compelling its army to undergo an offensive operation against militants in the northwest of the country.
These are few possible scenarios that would have emerged if McCain had won, but one fact remains: Democrats would have been more powerful and in much better position had McCain won the election than they are now.
Since the quagmire in which the U.S. is right now will not have been much different, many Americans might think of re-electing Obama.
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