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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:07 PM

The Best Loser: Which losing Republican presidential candidate was most gracious?

Mitt's in a snit, threw a fit, it appears,
Sayin' the Democrats bought off the vote.
But other Republicans over the years
Have shown more aplomb while in the same boat.
Of all of the GOPs who saw their dreams burst,
Who took his drubs like a mensch (when we kicked his ass),
Who is the one who best, putting country first,
Lost his election, but still showed some class?

11 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Time expired
Tricky Dick Nixon (1960)
1 (9%)
Barry Goldwater (1964)
0 (0%)
Gerald Ford (1976)
3 (27%)
Poppy Bush (1992)
1 (9%)
Bob Dole (1996)
6 (55%)
John McCain (2008)
0 (0%)
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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:13 PM

1. McCain conceded with a degree of grace but has been an angry and resentful asshat, ever since

Ok, he's been an angry asshat for years. The resentment is just kicking it up a notch.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:16 PM

2. McCain's an odd duck. I think his time was 2000. He could've taken Gore clean.

Now he's just a bitter old man, a shadow of himself. He should be running a library somewhere.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:22 PM

7. McCain running a library would be like Mr. Bookman in the Seinfeld library episode

The one where the old librarian hunted Jerry for years because he didn't return Tropic of Cancer. Yikes!

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:21 PM

3. I think one measure might be that

Ford and Carter became very good friends (despite hating each others' guts during the run). Poppy also was a reasonably gracious loser.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:25 PM

4. Bob Dole is the correct answer. He parleyed his fame into a second career huckstering

aids to sexual performance. The best possible outcome for a former Republican powerbroker.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:45 PM

5. I liked McCain's concession speech very much, but for the wrong reason

It was SO gracious and lucid, it was as though he'd undergone a complete personality change!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:10 PM

8. It was like the last hurrah of the old McCain. He's been bitter ever since.

I miss the old guy, the one who raised Megan. This new bitter McCain, the one picking a fight with Susan Rice--he scares me.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:59 PM

6. Nixon

His advisors all wanted him to dispute the results, but he refused to do so.

It was after the 1962 California governor's race when he acted like a real jackass.

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