The media would like the American Right to be represented by the likes of Bob Dole and John McCain, decent old sticks who know how to give dignified concession speeches. Last time round, we went along with their recommendation. If you want to get rave reviews for losing gracefully, that's the way to go.
And here's Dan Riehl's response:
What the Left, along with the media, want and need are the apologists, the hand wringers and the back peddlers extraordinaire, those Republicans who would just as soon bash or purge one of their own for fear of some bad press. Of course, the bad press always comes anyway. It's not a winner's game they play. It's a losing gambit every time. Still they persist. Republicans need to learn this lesson quickly if they want to capitalize fully on the electoral possibilities presented by 2010.
People who look and sound like losers, or like they are running away, never win. That's true for any game, including politics. I'm not advocating going over the top, or being outrageous just to outrage. This is about standing up for and saying what you believe in and not wasting your time defending against partisan attacks by denying what you are not.