There are classy ways to accept defeat and classless ways. Ovide Lamontagne, as Moe Lane informs us, though losing the nod for the Republican nomination for a United States Senate seat for New Hampshire by a whisker (fewer than 2,000 votes), showed us the classy way:
He conceded the primary, will not seek a recount, and has endorsed Kelly Ayotte (video here). Ayotte has accepted the concession with equal grace and politeness, calling Lamontagne a gentleman and a principled conservative (H/T: Hot Air). From now on, it’s all about defeating [Democratic nominee] Paul Hodes in the general election.
That’s how it’s done in politics.
While I supported Castle and have concerns about Christine O’Donnell, she won the Delaware GOP primary fair and square. She has an uphill battle to beat Harry Reid’s “pet“, former Marxist, Chris Coons. Her fellow Republicans shouldn’t make that climb any steeper.
She did a great job fundraising since her victory, yet lags in the polls (and this from the same outfit which first forecast her victory). I predict she’ll do a lot better than most pundits now forecast, winning two-thirds of the counties in the First State. (And given the political environment this year, she may even pull off another upset.)
Mike Castle should do the classy thing, bow out gracefully and endorse Miss O’Donnell. After all, the party that nominated her gave him sustenance and succor these past three decades.
It is the decent thing to do.
UPDATE: Writing in a similar vein, Ed Morrissey offers:
Instead of pouting, Republican leaders in Delaware and around the country need to unite around the nominee, who was chosen by the Republicans in Delaware. Had Castle won the nomination, they would have demanded unity themselves, and rightly so. If they want to continue to issue snarky, anonymous asides and in essence take their ball and go home, don’t expect the electorate to follow them into battle in the future.