Winners and Losers; Oops, Not So Fast

Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Christ and in all likelihood Mike Castle, rejected by their party, think you ‘all made a horrible mistake.  You’re a little emotional, out of sorts, maybe a bit angry, temporarily blind to the wonders of their service; so, good news, they’re going to offer you a chance to come to your senses! 

Lisa, Charlie and Mike clearly suffer from the arrogance of political entitlement.  They apparently don’t realize that their peculiar manner of arrogance is one of the key issues that motivated their rejection in the first place.  So they will attempt to deliver an electoral spanking as they endeavor to split the Republican vote and elect Democrats.  Really; guys, this is/was a good idea?

A variety of adjectives apply beyond arrogant: egotistical, inelegant, supercilious, condescending and brain dead!  Election results are to be rejected in what appears to be conceited self interest, that self interest being yet another reason why voters rejected you in the first place.  Rejection hurts we get it, but it’s time to “man up”, or disappear to plot your revenge; disappear should be the word of the day.  

In all three cases big polling leads disappeared.  They disappeared because all three candidates could not define their core (if they have one) and sell voters that the core would prevail over overwhelming evidence of transient issue flexibility. Leads disappeared because it was beyond imagining that actual conservatives could achieve an electoral majority.  Neither of the three closed the deal, all three supported legislation and positions rejected by a majority of Americans.  Duh?   

Lisa, Charlie, Mike it’s time to face the possibility that you’re time has come and gone; that the pursuit of insulated Beltway acceptance and longevity overwhelmed what you were sent to office to do.  “No, no it couldn’t be that, it’s just the voters suffering a case of temporary insanity.”  “Reject me, come on now, really, not me?”  “OK, I’ll give you another chance.”

The arrogance of the “I’m running anyway” message is mind numbing and the results likely dispositive.  Hey, Mike does $1 million in O’Donnell fund raising in 36 hours give you pause to reconsider your inelegant, Carteresque tantrums.  Is that a message you might consider giving a little thought to?  Charlie, 16 points down, you might want to consider answering the same question.  Lisa, the family “name” has been rejected twice, you might want to get a cup of tea and reconsider.  

The good news, if there is to be good news is that if the “independent” campaigns do not succeed, disappear will good and truly be the word of the day.