Quote of the Day: Winning and Losing

 

“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi

With a new election coming up we can see plenty of illustrations of this principle – with both parties.

All the Democrats have to do to beat Trump is not be crazy. If they could manage that, they would probably win in a landslide. But, they cannot. Instead, Trump drives them deeper into crazy. Does anyone seriously think a candidate can beat Trump running on a platform of we are going to take away your guns, your cars, your meat, and your jobs? Yet it seems the Democrats are out to prove they can win on that platform. It is habit. Let’s not talk about how the latest Kavanaugh “improved” their chances of taking the Senate. It’s habit.

Yet the House Republicans, with what should be a golden opportunity to regain the House majority next year are offering a sclerotic campaign. An uninspiring platform (we will get rid of Obamacare and this time we mean it) combined with retrenchment in recruiting. It is the attitude of “why run if you might lose” Yuk. It’s habit, I guess.

Do you know who is running to win? Trump, love him or hate him. His campaign theme is keep what you gained over the last four years and get more through the opportunity to earn still more over the next four. Plus, he is not planning a keep-away defense in 2020, trying only to hang onto the states he won last time. He is planning a major effort to flip states that went for Hillary last time. “There is going to be so much winning you are going to get tired of it,” he says. Winning? It’s habit.

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Kay of MT Member

    You inspire me with hope Seawriter. Thank you.

    • #1
    • September 21, 2019, at 7:16 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  2. Arahant Member

    Seawriter: Do you know who is running to win?

    Yes, yes, I do.

    • #2
    • September 21, 2019, at 7:22 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  3. The Great Adventure! Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Do you know who is running to win?

    Yes, yes, I do.

    Charlie Sheen, of course. ;-)

    • #3
    • September 21, 2019, at 7:32 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  4. Arahant Member

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Do you know who is running to win?

    Yes, yes, I do.

    Charlie Sheen, of course. ;-)

    He’s got tiger blood.

    • #4
    • September 21, 2019, at 7:36 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
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    • #5
    • September 21, 2019, at 8:04 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  6. Stad Thatcher

    Seawriter: Yet the House Republicans, with what should be a golden opportunity to regain the House majority next year are offering a sclerotic campaign. An uninspiring platform (we will get rid of Obamacare and this time we mean it) combined with retrenchment in recruiting. It is the attitude of “why run if you might lose” Yuk. It’s habit, I guess.

    These people have disappointed me so much. Yes, it was one person (McCain) who ruined our effort to ditch Obamacare, but the House leadership should have kept sending the repeal bill back to the Senate over and over again. Then a ton of them quit in 2018, which opened the door for the Dems to take control of the House. Now it’s all impeach Trump all the time.

    The GOP could retake the House with a “Return to Normalcy” platform, so where is it?

    • #6
    • September 21, 2019, at 8:04 AM PDT
    • 11 likes
  7. Aaron Miller Member

    Who cares? Republicans accomplished nothing last time beyond the usual tax adjustment. And Democrats continue to demonize Trump, negating any possibility of legislation from them. The President is currently the only significant actor.

    • #7
    • September 21, 2019, at 9:47 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  8. Seawriter Member
    Seawriter Post author

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Who cares? Republicans accomplished nothing last time beyond the usual tax adjustment. And Democrats continue to demonize Trump, negating any possibility of legislation from them. The President is currently the only significant actor.

    Well, yeah. That’s kind of the point.

    Can you imagine a song like this being written today? Like Lombardy said Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Too many today take heed of their fears instead of their opportunities.

    • #8
    • September 21, 2019, at 10:19 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  9. Western Chauvinist Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Yet the House Republicans, with what should be a golden opportunity to regain the House majority next year are offering a sclerotic campaign. An uninspiring platform (we will get rid of Obamacare and this time we mean it) combined with retrenchment in recruiting. It is the attitude of “why run if you might lose” Yuk. It’s habit, I guess.

    These people have disappointed me so much. Yes, it was one person (McCain) who ruined our effort to ditch Obamacare, but the House leadership should have kept sending the repeal bill back to the Senate over and over again. Then a ton of them quit in 2018, which opened the door for the Dems to take control of the House. Now it’s all impeach Trump all the time.

    The GOP could retake the House with a “Return to Normalcy” platform, so where is it?

    If Trump loses, it will because people are afraid and want a “return to normalcy.” Joe Biden is the comfortable, conventional choice. This is what keeps me up at night.

    • #9
    • September 21, 2019, at 4:05 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  10. Rodin Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    If Trump loses, it will because people are afraid and want a “return to normalcy.” Joe Biden is the comfortable, conventional choice. This is what keeps me up at night.

    For that to happen Trump will have to fail in his message that the Democrat plan for America is anything but normal (as everyday working Americans have understood it). It is a land of control and not liberty that they seek. People need to understand that Apple is not going to produce the next new thing if their shareholders can make more money with the old thing and a rigged economy. The Barons of Business play to win, and consumers only win when government stays out of business and business stays out of government. The Barons will own government if they can, and that’s not a critique on Citizens United, it is a prayer that the people we elect stay in charge and that the people hold the elected to account.

    • #10
    • September 21, 2019, at 7:55 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  11. Larry3435 Member

    Seawriter: All the Democrats have to do to beat Trump is not be crazy. If they could manage that, they would probably win in a landslide. But, they cannot. Instead, Trump drives them deeper into crazy.

    Who knows? Maybe Trump is actually playing 3-Dimensional Chess. That observation is very true, and the strategy would make Machiavelli blush.

    • #11
    • September 22, 2019, at 4:35 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  12. Stad Thatcher

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Seawriter: Yet the House Republicans, with what should be a golden opportunity to regain the House majority next year are offering a sclerotic campaign. An uninspiring platform (we will get rid of Obamacare and this time we mean it) combined with retrenchment in recruiting. It is the attitude of “why run if you might lose” Yuk. It’s habit, I guess.

    These people have disappointed me so much. Yes, it was one person (McCain) who ruined our effort to ditch Obamacare, but the House leadership should have kept sending the repeal bill back to the Senate over and over again. Then a ton of them quit in 2018, which opened the door for the Dems to take control of the House. Now it’s all impeach Trump all the time.

    The GOP could retake the House with a “Return to Normalcy” platform, so where is it?

    If Trump loses, it will because people are afraid and want a “return to normalcy.” Joe Biden is the comfortable, conventional choice. This is what keeps me up at night.

    I don’t know. Trump to me represents what the Republicans have to do to get power, which they need to return us to normalcy. I bet a lot of voters will go for Trump just to stick it to the MSM . . .

    • #12
    • September 22, 2019, at 5:55 AM PDT
    • 5 likes