FMK likes to applaud the winners, and they did a great job, no doubt about it. But it takes two to do the Charleston (I think), and I want to salute the losers who put up a valiant effort and made this such an exciting election season. Number one, a scrappy kid out of Orange County named Tan Nguyen, who until about a month ago was looking to be another in a string of lackluster challengers for Loretta Sanchez’s seat in Congress. An immigrant himself, Nguyen sent out a letter to 14,000 registered Latino voters, implying that even legal immigrants would be sent to prison for attempting to vote. That’s almost Mark Foley-as-chairman-of-the-House-Caucus-on-Missing-and-Exploited-Children level hypocrisy. Of course, he still went on to lose by 13 points, but at least he got his name in the paper.
Number two, California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides ran a great campaign. He’s got a bright, bright future. In fact he already has two jobs lined up, now that the election is over, impersonating Gray Davis. I don’t know who would hire a Gray Davis impersonator, but for some reason Democrats thought it would be a good idea to have one run for governor.
Number three, Katherine Harris, who was running against a popular incumbent senator in Florida. Who knows, she might have won if she hadn’t sacrificed her political future in order to steal the election for Bush in 2000. Or if Nader hadn’t been on the ballot, putting the election within “stealing distance.” Fucking Nader, ruins everything. Everything.