Friday, June 06, 2014

A Gloating Winner?

I've always enjoyed Matt Owens' Matt In The Middle commentaries on the Lost Coast Outpost. His most recent one seemed a bit tacky to me. Maybe it's just the title, Four More Years!, that set the tone, and I don't know that he's the one that came up with that. 

I'm not saying his observations aren't right but some of them come off as almost as rude to me. When he does a breakdown winners and losers, it's as if he's gloating over his victory and kicking someone when they're down.

Not a good idea, Matt. You might well piss them off and get them more riled up for the next election. It's often best to enjoy your wins quietly and, if you are going to gloat, do it amongst like minded people.


At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His entire blog post strikes me as immature. I wouldn't worry about progressives getting fired up over schoolyard taunts. He should be concerned about how he just damaged his reputation among conservatives.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this victory was bittersweet for the right of center faction because Of Kerrigan's previous campaign against Rex Bohn. At the time, Rex didn't handle that loss well. Payback was on everyone's mind.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"His entire blog post strikes me as immature."

I was just thinking about this a bit more. I came to the conclusion it might not have seemed to me as gloating if someone deemed more neutral had written. For example, if Hank Sims had written it, I might have seen it as a more objective analysis of the race and its players. From Matt, though, it struck me as gloating.

I don't mean that in a bad way, either. Just one of those things where two people could write the same thing, but have it read differently because of who wrote it.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous skippy said...

Well, it wasn't exactly a landslide. In fact, it was far from it.

Remember, the 5th District Supervisor race was won by a very slim margin-- 303 votes.

Considering the organized nature and big money expenses of the Bass campaign, contrasted against the Kerrigan ragtag volunteer team consisting of the New Kids on the Block with a shoestring budget, this lends itself to some sober pause and reflection, I would think.

Perhaps the voters felt Kerrigan wasn't quite ready to be a Supervisor at this juncture. Conversely, there seems to be a silent majority sitting on the fence with doubts about Ms. Bass' direction.

I would be very, very cautious about crowing for an overwhelming victory.

It was an unusually close call. The next election cycle could be a very different animal altogether, given the right circumstances, candidate, financial support and direction.

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

I'm satisfied with the way the election turned out. I see it as a mandate for helping people that want actual legal good paying jobs. I think that we have a great functional board of supes now.

We need to make sure that we advise and support them in their decisions.

However, I feel that gloating is in poor form and should be avoided. None of the candidates won by 100%, so there are other opinions out there to be considered.

At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. If Hank had written it, the article would still come across as his being immature, and it wouldn't be the first time.

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bass Kerrigan race was in the 4th District.


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