Keller @ Large: Sore Loser Behavior No Surprise

BOSTON (CBS) – There were important party primaries in Florida and Arizona on Tuesday, and some high-profile names were involved.

Senator Marco Rubio easily won his primary, as did former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And Senator John McCain was also re-nominated for another term.

None of that was surprising. But there was an unusual common denominator to these elections. In each case, the loser ignored the tradition of congratulating the winner and at least pretending to promote party unity.

Rubio’s challenger spent much of his concession speech whining about the incumbent’s decision to seek re-election to his seat after his presidential campaign ended. McCain’s opponent, who tried to make McCain’s age an issue in their race, was equally ungracious.

And the guy who challenged Wasserman Schultz exited by calling her a “corporate stooge.”

In his take on all this crude sore loser behavior, writer Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal claims “it’s clear that Trumpism has infected our politics,” but I beg to differ.

Our abandonment of even the veneer of political graciousness and manners has been brewing for years, fueled by the rising importance of media and special interests with no interest in civility and the decline of institutions like political parties whose preservation once meant something to candidates.

And you could ask, surveying the lack of courtesy and humility infecting our entire culture – what took so long for sore loser mentality to take over our political life as well?

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

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  1. WRONG AGAIN!
    NEVER IN OUR HISTORY HAS AMERICA BEEN CUFFED TO A CANDIDATE WHO HAS WITH THE POTUS CORRUPTED THE ENTIRE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE, CORRUPTED THE FBI AND ATT GEN AND SENT AN AMB TO HIS GRAVE FROM UTTER NEGLECT OF DUTY WHILE EXPOSING AMERICAN INTEL BY TREASON….KERRY WAS A DUMB CANDIDATE, MIKE ON ANOTHER PLANET; HILLARY THU A DAMN FELON AND TRAITOR…….OPEN YOUR EYES KELLER….AMERICA IS FURIOUS!

    1. Cayote says:

      FURIOUS! ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS! AND …FREE BRADY! FREE BRADY!

      Sorry, your eloquence :) got me carried away.

      Jordan, calm down. Sit down. Breathe deeply … in and out.

      Now sing (softly, please): “Kumbayah, my Lord, Kumbayah … “

  2. sceesic says:

    JLR:
    An effective method to weaken an argument is to be so emotional.

  3. TheOwl says:

    Interesting…

    McCain’s opponent made his age an political issue. He lost. Sour grapes. She’s the on that looks like the fool.

    Cruz? Well, Florida law allowed him to re-enter the race. He looks a little selfish in doing so, but he was within his right. His opponent looks like a fool.

    Wasserman-Shultz? Her opponent tried to make her performance as DNC Chairman an issue. He lost. He looks like the fool.

    But, Wasserman-Shultz’s unethical performance on that national stage speaks for itself. She look like she’s the type of corrupt politician that we should no longer support for office.

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