I think if he'd been up against another Gore or Kerry, McCain probably would have won this time, even with the economy down the hole; but Obama was simply too strong a candidate. If race had not been a factor in the equation Obama would have still been the stronger candidate — but his ability to motivate minority groups who have felt disenfranchised until now, simply by not being another "old white guy," made his victory inevitable.
Thus, while I did vote against McCain, I'm sympathetic to him; this was probably his last, best shot for the office, but it just wasn't in the cards. Thanks for trying, Senator McCain. :)
In other news, it looks like California's prop 8 (or "prop hate," as I've seen it referred to) is going to pass. Sigh. The people behind it have got to know it's just going to be ruled unconstitutional eventually, but I suppose in their minds the brief "shining moment" of it is worth the struggle. Pfeh. History is on the side of more freedom, not less, even if it does suffer setbacks from time to time.
 Veep, not so much. Why'd you have to do that to us, Johnny?