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John McCain's class
November 5, 2008 - Steve Murch
When you listen to candidates who run for office, the first thing they when it is over, win or lose is that campaigns of every sort are difficutl. In a campaign like the presidential one we just saw, you can’t blame either Barack Obama or John McCain if they just wanted to sleep for a few weeks.
Campaign losers (and isn’t that really an inappropriate word since these people are trying to serve their country/state/community) have to make those concession speeches. After a tough campaign, where you poured your heart and soul into it, the most difficult thing you probably have to do is swallow hard and admit that someone else was the candidate of choice for the majority of the people.
Tuesday night’s concession speech by John McCain might have been the best ever speech of that kind. He was so well spoken and handled himself with great class and dignity. He is someone who, in the words of one commentator on CNN after all was said and done, probably served his country in a way and did more for his country than other person who has ever run for president.
At the very least he deserves the respect of everyone in the country. More appropriate would be for everyone to speak of him and his attempt to become president with the same class as he had Tuesday when conceding the presidency to Obama.
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