Quinn Hillyer, like a lot of the rest of us, is tired of listening to sore losers whining.
[T]here was Ben Carson calling a press conference to complain about Cruzâ€™s somewhat misleading email to caucus captains that could be read, between the lines, to be suggesting Carson would soon withdraw from the race. But once he got into the presser, Carson tried to make it sound as if he wanted to move on, but that it was the media trying to pit candidates against each other like gladiators in an arena. Neat trick: Call a press conference to complain while saying youâ€™re not the one complaining.
But of course, nobody could top Donald Trump for over-the-top sour-grapeness. The surprise loser of the Iowa evening went so far as to demand a re-vote vote in the Hawkeye State or, barring that, a disqualification of all Cruzâ€™s votes, on the grounds that Cruz supposedly â€œstoleâ€ the election. â€œIf you think about it, I really finished first,â€ Trump claimed to a crowd in Little Rock.
Yeah, right â€” and when Muhammad Ali knocked Sonny Liston to the canvas, it was really Liston who was the victor.
All of this is a sorry spectacle. It contrasts with the dignified exits of candidates Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum, with Santorum also offering an entirely positive endorsement for Rubio with nary a bad word about anybody. While Republicans should of course want candidates who donâ€™t like to lose, they surely donâ€™t want candidates who donâ€™t know how to take a loss.
Forgive the old-fashioned use of gender images, but there was a time when real men would move on from a loss with gracious fortitude. Think of golfer Jack Nicklaus smilingly congratulating rivals Lee Trevino and Tom Watson when they broke his heart with unlikely chip-ins, and you get the picture of how setbacks ought to be handled.