Not so fast, everybody. I know, I know, Ted Cruz just shot himself in the groin with his bizarre performance during his un-fillibuster earlier this week. Conventional wisdom now holds that Ted Cruz is a joke, Ted Cruz is out of the picture for the 2016 presidential election, and, in fact, Ted Cruz pretty much has no political future at all anymore.
Like I said, Whoa. This is America here, darlings. For a few years at least, Sarah Palin was seen as a serious candidate for something or other. When Donald Trump makes his occasional hominid grunts about running for the highest office in this holy land, the corporate press actually covers said guttural ejaculations as if they are somehow related to human communication. And, hard as it may be to believe at this remove, one Michele Marie Bachmann, née Amble, was taken as a serious candidate for the presidency.
And, to be sure, none of the three aforementioned is any nearer to occupying the Oval Office than, say, Carrot Top, but stranger things have happened in this nation’s glorious political history.
Here, for example are highlights of an election night press conference rant delivered in anger a mere six years before the man who spoke these words became the President of the United States of America.
… [N]ow that all the members of the press are so delighted that I have lost, I’d like to make a statement of my own….
I believe Governor Brown has a heart, even though he believes I do not.
I believe he is a good American, even though he feels I am not.
… [F]or once, gentlemen, I would appreciate if you would write what I say, in that respect. I think it’s very important that you write it — in the lead. In the lead.
And our 100,000 volunteer workers I was proud of. I think they did a magnificent job. I only wish they could have gotten out a few more votes in the key precincts, but because they didn’t Mr. Brown has won and I have lost the election.
One last thing: What are my plans? Well, my plans are to go home. I’m going to get reacquainted with my family again. And my plans, incidentally, are, from a political standpoint, of course, to take a holiday. It will be a long holiday.
I did not win. I have no hard feelings against anybody, against my opponent, and least of all the people of California.
And as I leave the press, all I can say is this: For 16 years, ever since the Hiss case, you’ve had a lot of — a lot of fun — that you had an opportunity to attack me and I think I’ve given as good as I’ve taken. It was carried right up to the last day.
I made a talk on television, a talk in which I made a flub — one of the few that I make, not because I’m so good on television but because I’ve done it a long time — I made a flub in which I said I was running for governor of the United States. The Los Angeles Times dutifully reported that.
… And I can only say thank God for television and radio for keeping the newspapers a little more honest.
The last play. I leave you gentlemen now and you now write it. You will interpret it. That’s your right. But as I leave you I want you to know: Just think how much you’re going to be missing.
You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference….
Not only did Richard M. Nixon win the presidential election of 1968, he was reelected in 1972 by one of the greatest landslides in US history.
A Shot In The Arm
You absolutely have to read JJ Keith’s latest post on her parenting blog — whether you’re a parent or not.
She takes on anti-vaccination parents. By “takes on” I mean she assaults them with facts and unassailable logic. Me? I’d fling paper bags full of dog poo at them
Speaking of great bloggers, The Blogess (AKA Jenny Lawson) delivers one of the finest lines in interwebs history:
Did you know that kangaroos have 3 vaginas? Because they totally do and that’s probably why they’re always hitting each other.
I think I may have to retire.
An encomium to Dick: John Kennedy won the 1960 election by the narrowest of margins. Plenty of fair minded people suspected shenanigans and encouraged Nixon to demand a recount. Nixon declined, saying it was better for the country not to have go through such a thing. I think even Nixon haters would agree putting national interest ahead of personal interest was an admirable thing to do.
I’m going to disagree here, Dave. As much as popular mythology has it that the election was won for JFK in Cook County by Mayor Daley’s creative vote counters, there is equal evidence that the Republican-dominated collar counties, especially DuPage, stole as many votes for Nixon. Chicagoland Republicans counterbalanced the city Democratic machine shenanigans in national elections. In fact, the first big vote stealing machine in Chicago was Republican under Big Bill Thompson. With post-World War II white flight, many Republicans and old-time GOP machine operatives moved to the suburbs. They took the tricks they knew with them. Nixon didn’t want a recount because he was concerned he might even lose votes.