Think about it, Obama had nearly every advantage -- including youth, charisma, money, an economic meltdown, gobs of money, Iraq-mire, dissatisfaction with the incumbent, a confused opponent (someone please tell me, what was McCain's campaign theme), and did I say lots and lots of money -- yet he won only 52% of the national vote, defeating McCain by just 6%. The margin of victory in other recent elections:
2004 - Bush 50.81 vs. Kerry 48.71
2000 - Bush 49.97 vs. Gore 46.46
1996 - Clinton 47.38 vs. Dole 41.02
1992 - Clinton 40.18 vs. Bush 38.35
All things considered, it could/should have been much worse for the Republi-cons.