Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sour Grapes

Post-election comments from candidates can range from rehearsed to downright colorful, to put it mildly.  It's probably my favorite part of the electoral process.  You get to see people at their best or their worst.  Locally, it can get entertaining because you know the candidates are making it all up as they go along.
Tuesday night I didn't keep track of who exactly started off their speech by thanking gawd, but He was definitely on a lot of people's minds.  I don't know if this has always been a common practice.  Usually you see that sort of thing when somebody wins a Grammy.

For the most part, we didn't see anything outrageous like the one year when a JP, or constable winner appeared drunk during the t.v. interview.  This time around, things were pretty low key.  However, I was disturbed by Anna Cavazos Ramirez's take after she lost her county attorney post to Marco Montemayor.  Never once did she offer congratulations, or well wishes to her opponent.  All she could come up with was to raise the specter of impropriety that will exist once Mr. Montemayor takes office.
The reason I always funded my own campaigns were because I didn't want anyone to have my strings to pull.  And so, in this situation, it's going to be very hard, I believe, to say no to a lot of people who paid a lot of money to ensure this victory for him.
So already Mr. Montemayor is off to a bad start.  He won and now he owes favors to his financial supporters.  That could very well be the overall state of local politics, but to come out and say it right after the election speaks volumes about you.  Emotions are flying high at that moment, but composure is key.  Losing your dignity after a rout may explain why you lost.  It's fascinating to watch the contrasts between the winners and losers, but taking the low road can be a real turnoff.  I wish Ms. Cavazos Ramirez the best.  Somehow I feel we haven't seen the last of her.


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