It is important on this political blog to take a moment and speak to those candidates – Republican and Democrat – who came up short in the special elections this past Tuesday. That gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach today is valid — Losing Sucks. I could try and be more eloquent but sometimes being blunt fits best.
For those of you who have never been a candidate, it takes guts to put your name on a ballot. In doing so you expose yourself to a Greek Chorus of naysayers – some for profit and others for sport — who will ridicule your every campaign move and cynically question the motives behind even your most sincerely held beliefs.
Despite this, I think I can speak for most of us here on Peach Pundit and encourage those of you who came up short this time to keep trying. Even the most successful citizens who enter the political arena usually face the sting of defeat from time to time – Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Reagan, Clinton, Bush I and II, and Obama to name a few.
While politics has its share of narcissists and charlatans, it is important to remember that public service is a high calling and most who step forward do so because they are not satisfied with merely cursing society’s problems in the darkness but, instead, want to shine a light on solutions.
As for eloquent, I leave you with these famous words:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
–Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (Defeated candidate for Mayor of New York (1886) and President (1912))