Is it written in the Democrats’ playbook that they must always get the most unattractive person they can find to act as their spokesman? Stacey Abrams (sexism alert) is not a honey.
That aside, she just lost the Georgia governor’s race. Being a loser seems to be a necessary qualification for greatness in the party.
Beto O’Rourke – who we’re also told is destined for a starring part in the party – lost a Senate race in Texas, after Hollywood poured the proverbial ton of money into winning it.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the United Socialist Party of Venezuela pinup girl) first beat an aging Democratic hack in the primary, then went on to be elected in one of the most left-wing Congressional Districts in the country – like Madam Speaker herself, who represents a district deep in the heart of San Francisco.
Then there are the MVPs lining up for the 2020 nomination – Princess Summerfall Winterspring, Kristen Jelly Bean and Cryin Cory Booker – all from states so blue that you could be dead for decades and still be elected with the Democratic nomination.
If Harold Stassen – the Boy Wonder from Minnesota — was alive today, he’d be the perfect spokesman for the party of losers.
EDITOR’S NOTE- Harold Stassen, a Republican, was governor of Minnesota from January 1939 to April 1943, when he resigned to report for active duty in the US Navy.
He served until the World War II was over in 1945 and left the Navy with the rank of Captain.
Stassen ran for office 13 more times after the war.
In 1948, he was considered to be the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination, winning more primaries than any of the other 6 candidates.
New York Governor Thomas Dewey ended up with the GOP nomination in 1948, but he lost to incumbent Democratic President Harry S. Truman.
In all, Stassen ran for and lost:
US President – 1944, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992.
Governor of Minnesota – 1982.
Governor of Pennsylvania – 1958, 1966.
Mayor of Philadelphia – 1959.
US Representative – 1986.
US Senate – 1978, 1994.
Prior to World War II, Stassen was known as the Wonder Boy, but upon his death in 2001 at the age of 93, he was also known for losing over a dozen political campaigns.
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