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The Ten Biggest Losers Of Elections

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Nov 11, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Borrowed from Plastic:

    In the wake of the surprising wave of defeats on November 6 the Democrats are left trying to figure out what happened (and the Republicans are trying to figure just how they pulled it off). It might serve them better to look at some of the nights biggest crashes-and-burns and find out if solutions rest therein. In order of destruction, that nights biggest losers:
    <p>10> <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/11/06/MN110955.DTL">The Voter News Service</a> After the media missteps in the 2000 election, news outlets pointed to the flawed information from the VNS as the source of their problems--failing to point out the VNS is comprised of members of all the news outlets. This time around the VNS vowed to be more careful and rolled out a new computer system, which promptly crashed just before the networks took the airwaves. This left us with an evening of commentary consisting of passing-the-buck type of reports, such as The Associated Press is announcing the winner in Maryland, but we will refrain for now.
    <p>9> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/07/politics/campaigns/07DEMS.html?ex=1037422800&en=2a17c2bf1d963cea&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE">Dick Gephardt</a> Technically he had the least at risk. Republicans were expected to add to their lead in The House and his position as minority leader would not change. But following the upsets, and the fourth House election in which he failed to gain power, he was pointed to as one of the causes of his partys losses. He quit his post, some say, in a quick effort to distance himself from the controversy so he can rebuild his bid for the White House in 2004.
    <p>8> <a href="http://www.bergen.com/page.php?level_3_id=7&page=5566775">Doug Forrester</a> He had the New Jersey Senate seat gift wrapped due to the human Pawn Shop, Robert Torrecelli. But a quick exit by The Torch and rapid insertion of Frank Lautenberg on the ticket left him a new fight with only days to go. He wasnt able to pull a victory out of the bait-and-switch, lacking the charisma to defeat the uncharismatic Lautenberg.
    <p>7> <a href="http://www.time.com/time/poy2001/sequel3.html">Jim Jeffords</a> Last year he was told that if he jumped ship and gave Senatorial power to the Democrats they would reward him with token committee seats and other personal perks that come with the party in power. Who could have possibly predicted the upset on Nov. 5, which now means the Democrats wont have the ability to deliver on their promises, his committee seats will be replaced, and Jeffords becomes, literally, a man without a party.
    <p>6> <a href="http://www.barbrastreisand.com/">Babs, Suzy, Jessie, the Woodman, ect.</a> For years the Democrats derided Ronald Reagan because he was just an actor. Then why is it today the voices in Hollywood have a voice in Washington DC? Susan Sarandon lobbied against a war and now it may come to pass even quicker. Jessica Lange supported Mondale because she hates the President, and now she and Walt will have plenty of time to discuss things. Ms. Streisand coached Dick Gebhart and the Democratic Party not to evict Hussein out of Iran (or Iraq, for that matter), and now they certainly will not be able to. And Woody Harrelson has to be frustrated that legalized marijuana met its demise in a number of voted-down referendums. While they may have the ability to get in touch with their characters essence, they seem to be out of touch with the American voters.
    <p>5> <a href="http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021108-31776992.htm">Al Gore</a> For months he was giving acerbic speeches against the President in order to set up his next Presidential bid. But then he was called on to give rallying talks for Democratic candidates in the closing weeks of an election, a time when you have to tone down the rhetoric to appeal to a wider audience. The appearances either hurt centrists on the ballot or motivated people to vote the other way. After the election he said the party should not mistake the magnitude of this loss there has to be a major regrouping." That regrouping may in fact exclude Al from future consideration.
    <p>4> <a href="http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/stories/20021108/opinion/327843.html">Roy Barnes</a> The incumbent Governor of Georgia was considered wildly popular in his home state and a lock to serve a new term. In fact, it was so assured that there was talk he would use his re-election as a springboard for a Presidential campaign. In a story too familiar to sports fans the favorite fell as a result of looking ahead to the next contest and not taking care of business. How big was Sonny Purdues upset win? He becomes the first Republican Governor in that state in over 130 years.
    <p>3> <a href="http://daschle.senate.gov/">Tom Daschle</a> Some suggest the Democrats met defeat because their message was blunted or failed to get out. Well the Senate majority leader can chalk that in his column. While Democrats tried to point to the weak economy as Bushs fault, economic initiatives sat depreciating in Toms office. Many Americans worried about security here on our shores while the Homeland Security bill was safe on Daschles desk. He became known for his willingness to talk about a variety of important issues, but the people got fed up with his Senate hoarding them for a later date.
    <p>2> <a href="http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/11/09/1036308527659.html">The Clintons</a> The party is still regarded as theirs and more than a few in the know acknowledge that they pull the partys strings. What was most remarkable was how little influence they managed to exert on this election. Most places visited by Bill Clinton saw increased poll numbers for Republican candidates. He backed the loser of Marylands governorshipa Kennedy no lessand saw former staffer Erksine Bowles lose to Elizabeth Dole. Big names like Andrew Cuomo and Janet Reno couldnt even clear the primary hurdle with his help. Despite countless recounts of the Florida 2000 vote(none of which Al Gore won) Hillary went on giving contentious speeches against a popular President she insisted was selected, not elected. Many of her endorsements were also not elected.
    <p>1. <a href="http://www.salon.com/politics/feature/2002/11/07/mcauliffe/index_np.html">Terry McAuliffe</a> It was all his. His agenda, his game plan, and his misguided attack stance. Any and all things that went wrong on Tuesday went directly through him. Most of the party platform was entirely based on criticizing Bush without offering any form of leadership, and even McAuliffe said they had no clear message. And what did he do in the closing weeks to get that message out? He made charges of voter intimidation; he hired a wave of lawyers to monitor the election process, and promised that the closely contested races would be challenged in the courts. That should stoke Wall Street to new gains.
    <p> His focus on Florida underscores the problems perpetrated by the DNC chairman. While he had other candidates in search of money and support he sunk a copious amount of both on the Florida governors race, counting on voter outrage over the 2000 result that was at best tepid. He figured that a victory would send a message about President. Jeb Bush won in a walk over, and McAuliffes focus on a governor probably took energy away from important Senate and House races
  2. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Excellent post, Ethics. I understand actors using their access to the media to pontificate on the issues. I don't understand anybody listening to them. They cannot be much further removed from reality.

    And Hillary still bitching about the last election. I always thought she was way out in left field, but I never thought her foolish, too.
  3. Jedi Writer

    Jedi Writer Guest

    Out of touch with the American voters is an understatement. They are completely out of touch with "real" people like all of us who post here, regardless of our political differences.

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