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On Losing Their Primaries

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:37 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Nobody likes to lose, and I can’t imagine how bitter it must be to lose an election, but surely one goes into that particular fight with the clear understanding that they may experience defeat, even significant defeat at the end of the day. Fair and square. This response of tears and crying fraud, sexism, and misogyny is unbecoming and on behalf of women everywhere, please stop. It is this very sort of behavior that encourages a “weaker sex” view of women by the usual suspects. Stop giving them ammunition.

Laura Loomer, the right-wing nutjob agitator who lost her bid in the Republican House primary in Florida, reportedly started crying during her non-concession speech, and assumed no responsibility for the defeat. Rather, she refused to accept the outcome, citing fraud instead:

Far-right activist and congressional candidate Laura Loomer broke into tears as she claimed without evidence that she was illegally robbed of a Republican primary victory on Tuesday.

Incumbent Representative Daniel Webster won Tuesday’s GOP primary for Florida’s 11th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. Although Webster won the race with 51 percent of the vote to Loomer’s 44 percent with over 95 percent of ballots counted, Loomer refused to concede and instead suggested that the result was fraudulent.


She insisted that she was the true “winner” on Tuesday and argued that “big-tech election interference” could be to blame for the primary’s outcome.

“I’m not conceding, because I’m a winner and the reality is our Republican Party is broken to its core,” Loomer told supporters in a speech following her loss. “What we have done tonight has really honestly shocked the nation. We have further exposed the corruption within our own feckless, cowardly Republican Party.”

“We are losing our country to big-tech election interference,” she said as tears streamed down her face. “And I am pleading with the Republican Party to please start taking this issue seriously because the American people deserve representation.”

But of course, her defeat had to be the result of fraud. It simply couldn’t have been that Floridians preferred her opponent rather than a self-described “proud Islamaphobe” crackpot. Plus a now not uncommon premise to elections by the far right-wing of the GOP is: If you win, it’s a legitimate win. If you lose, it’s obviously the result of fraud.

Then we have Carolyn Maloney, who just lost in a landslide to Jerry Nadler in New York’s House District 12 Democratic primary. Maloney has been a member of Congress for 30 l-o-n-g years. During her concession speech, she also chose to go low in the face of defeat, citing misogyny and sexism:

Maloney whined that she was the victim of “sexist systems and misogyny” as her supporters vented their wrath at her victorious opponent.

“I’m really sad that we no longer have a woman representing Manhattan in Congress,” Maloney told her teary-eyed boosters, later adding: “In Congress, it is that when women are at the table, great decisions get made.”

The longtime lawmaker also thanked great female New York leaders of the past like Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro, who Maloney said “fought sexist systems and misogyny that continues today, as we know from my own campaign” — an obvious dig at Nadler.

Of course, had she won, sexist systems and misogyny would have never been mentioned. At all. Does Maloney ever wonder how it is that she has been re-elected decade after decade with rampant such sexism and misogyny at work? Like Loomer, there is an unwillingness to simply accept that voters preferred the opponent for whatever reason.

So, in the words of that notorious sexist playboy Joe Namath: You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.

Goals, ladies.


29 Responses to “On Losing Their Primaries”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. “I want to thank the true patriots who voted for me and denounce the communist illegal alien traitors who were illegally allowed to vote for my opponent!”

    asset (d0eb7b)

  3. Maloney: Nadler you sexist pig! I am going to fly around on my broom and get you and your little dog too!” AOC doesn’t count as a woman representing NYC!” “I’m melting!”

    asset (d0eb7b)

  4. Does Maloney ever wonder how it is that she has been re-elected decade after decade with rampant such sexism and misogyny at work?

    She probably means it newly revived.

    People were somewhat surprised by the margin of Nadler’s victory. It was even more than the Emerson poll (which she won if you left Undecideds as Undecideds, and they were 35% before probing.. It went from 31-21-4Maloney with 35% undecided to 24-43-14-1 with 19% remaining undecided after some probing.)


    The Emerson College Polling survey of the 12th Congressional District in New York was conducted August 12-17, 2022. The sample consisted of very likely Democratic primary voters and those who already voted, n=895, with a margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, race/ethnicity, and education based on 2022 turnout modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on demographics carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using a cellphone sample using SMS-to-web, an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines, and an online panel.

    They tried to reach people a number of ways.

    More of her district was in the new district than Nadler’s…but

    1) Nadler has pandered more to the “progressive” point of view. I thought he was always worried about them.

    2) Nadler is better known, and so known to people who were not his constituents. People not represented by her barely knew who Carolyn Maloney was.

    3) Nadler had a better ground game – he was mailing out absentee ballot applications.

    (Due to a change in New York State election law, where priority was no longer given to in person votes, most absentee ballots could be counted on Election Night. Now asking for an absentee ballot disqualifies someone from voting in person, except that a voter can ask for an affidavit ballot which will be counted in case their absentee ballot does not arrive in time)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  5. The election results were in my opinion, somewhere between bad and not so bad.

    Carl Palladino, from around Buffalo, also lost – barely. You only saw that after about 90% of the vote came in Otherwise he was winning, barely.

    There was vast difference between different counties.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  6. Here’s Laura Loomer’s opponent, Daniel Webster.

    He calls himself a “committed conservative”, and that description seems accurate, judging by his biography.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  7. Then we have Carolyn Maloney, who just lost in a landslide to Jerry Nadler in New York’s House District 12 Democratic primary. Maloney has been a member of Congress for 30 l-o-n-g years.

    Representing Manhattan’s Upper East Side ‘silk stocking district’ no less. But trading down to Jerry Nadler is no prize. Pass the Grey Poupon… for the horseradish.

    DCSCA (c68776)

  8. Daniel Webster. To my generation, that’s a name associated with the dictionary and Stephen Vincent Benét’s* “The Devil And Daniel Webster”.

    To the present generation? Does “Webster” connote something completely new and different?

    *Stephen Vincent Benét also wrote “John Brown’s Body”, asset.

    nk (4207c6)

  9. When you are paranoid, everyone is against you.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  10. “I want to thank the true patriots who voted for me and denounce the communist illegal alien traitors who were illegally allowed to vote for my opponent!”

    Or, for Maloney, “I want to thank all the courageous progressive women who voted for me and denounce the fascist sexist misanthropes and their female enablers who foolishly voted for my opponent.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  11. #8 nk – I had the same reactions, though I also remembered the chapter in “Profiles in Courage”.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  12. @8: I believe it was Noah Webster than did the dictionary. You probably know that, but the sentence reads differently.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  13. Thank you for this post, Dana. I completely agree with you.

    felipe (484255)

  14. Please don’t start me on JFK’s Democrat hagiography, where he lauds Senator Ross for voting to acquit Andrew Johnson and allowing the obstruction of Reconstruction to continue. And Ross was bribed. If you read that book, it’s all about how Democrats did good, or how Republicans did good by supporting Democrats.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  15. #14 Kevin, the eight men in “Profiles in Courage”, with chapters of their own, are:

    John Quincy Adams
    Daniel Webster
    Thomas Hart Benton
    Sam Houston
    Edmund G. Ross
    Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar
    George Norris
    Robert A. Taft

    I’ll let others decide whether your description of the eight is accurate. (I do think, and have said, here, that Ted Sorenson should get much of the credit, or, if you prefer, debit, for the book.)

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  16. It’s spelled “Looner.”

    Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  17. John Quincy Adams — for breaking with the Federalists and becoming a Democrat
    Daniel Webster — for supporting the Compromise of 1850 (should have been Fillmore for forging it)
    Thomas Hart Benton — for remaining in the pro-slavery Democrat party despite his anti-slavery beliefs.
    Sam Houston — for refusing to support the Confederacy
    Edmund G. Ross — for supporting the Klan by allowing Johnson to continue to block Reconstruction. He was bribed to do so.
    Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar — a Confederate and a traitor
    George Norris — supported Catholic Democrat candidate for President
    Robert A. Taft — opposed Nuremberg trials

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  18. Don’t really disagree with what you say.
    But do Liz Cheney

    Joe (76eaa3)

  19. At the time JFK wrote that book, the story of the South’s poor treatment under the corrupt Reconstruction carpetbaggers was accepted wisdom. He could not offend the powerful Dixiecrats if he wanted to be president and a number of his votes were shameful in that regard. It is no surprise that he found much good to write about when it came to southern Democrats and not a lot good to say about those Radical Republicans.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  20. But do Liz Cheney

    Well, she’s married, so no. But I did give her money.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  21. @8 Thanks for the information. @19 Until the late 1960’s white america was sympathetic to confederates especially democrat party ( I was a republican then until the g.o.p. traded lincoln for strom thurmond with their southern strategy) and looked askance at my personal hero Capt. John Brown of Kansas who showed what one person can to do when they really try! As AOC does today.

    asset (42b22d)

  22. Marjorie Taylor Greene was SWATted by a lunatic leftist.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  23. #17 John Quincy Adams did break with the Federalists. They disappeared as a serious force soon after, partly because of the errors he had criticized them for. He was never a Democrat, a party that did not exist* until 1828, when Jackson defeated Adams for the presidency.

    During Adams’s presidency, the Democratic-Republican Party split into two major camps: the National Republican Party, which supported President Adams, and Andrew Jackson’s Democratic Party. The Democrats proved to be more effective political organizers than Adams and his National Republican supporters, and Jackson soundly defeated Adams in the 1828 presidential election, making Adams the second president to fail to win re-election (his father being the first).

    Rather than retiring from public service, Adams won election to the House of Representatives, where he would serve from 1831 until his death in 1848. He remains the only former president to be elected to the chamber. After narrowly losing his bids for Governor of Massachusetts and Senate re-election, Adams joined the Anti-Masonic Party in the early 1830s before joining the Whig Party, which united those opposed to President Jackson.

    *Yes, I know that many historians claim Jefferson’s party for the Democrats, or did, but I think the claim implausible, given the differences between Jefferson and Jackson — and, of course, the fact that party members “generally called themselves Republicans and voted for what they called the “Republican party”, “republican ticket” or “republican interest”.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  24. The primary winner in GA’s 14th District was SWATed a 2nd time.

    It’s a terrible strategy, a left-wing nutjob putting a right-wing nutjob on the high moral ground. The SWATer needs to be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  25. Ms. Loomer is still not taking her loss well, and she’s telling her supporters to not vote for the legitimate Republican nominee. This won’t end well.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  26. Well, she’s married, so no. But I did give her money.

    Coals to Newcastle: Princess Daughter Darth, heir to a Halliburton fortune…

    “Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.” – W.C. Fields

    DCSCA (4e82b1)

  27. AOC-backed New York Democrat celebrates primary victory by declaring ‘socialism wins’

    A New York Democrat state Senate candidate backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., celebrated her primary election victory by declaring “socialism wins.” Kristen Gonzalez, a tech worker whose campaign for the New York state Senate was backed by the Democratic Socialists of America and left-wing lawmakers including Ocasio-Cortez, made the declaration to cheering supporters on Tuesday after winning her primary election. –

    Trump/Haley 2024

    DCSCA (4e82b1)

  28. in New York, in the 10th Congressional district, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (a strong \”progressive, albeit a bit dishonest) is not conceding, and is waiting for the absentee ballots. She got 24% to Dan Goldman;s 26% and they are separated bu about 1,300 votes, with about 7,000 absentee ballots (out of a a theortetically possible 21,000) remaining to be looked at and counted. 7,000 had come in by Primary election day but some more may come in by next week’s deadline, although many presumably were never mailed back)

    The odds are against her– Maybe half of the votes were cast for other candidates. and if there are 10.000 that means 5,000, and they can’t be separated by that much — Goldman may actually win in the absentee ballots. Now he was gaining in the end I think but she wasn’t that high either.

    Dan Goldman declared victory at about 10:30 on Election Night, two hours before the Associated Press called it for him, so he’s doing kind of like the Trump strategy himself.

    But unless Yuh-Line Niou knows something most people don’t (like if she conducted a heavy campaign fir people to vote absentee) she has no realistic shot As the New York Daily News story said, she might even lose ground, as older voters and wealthier out of town voters might be more likely to vote for Goldman. The New York Times endorsed him a week before the primary.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  29. 4. Nadler came in at 54% and Carolyn Maloney actually came in third in Nadler’s assembly district.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

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