Thursday, November 09, 2006

Allen Goes Out With Class

So, George Allen has conceded and will not demand a recount. Senator Allen may have earned his defeat with questionable statements but, in conceding now, he has shown a good bit of character at the end.

No one could expect a recount to turn the election in Allen’s favor, but no one could really have blamed the Senator if he had wanted to try one anyway. Not only would a victory have kept the Senate in Republican hands but it would have kept alive Allen’s hopes of being the Republican nominee for President in 2008.

But he let it go saying "I see no good purpose being served by continuously and needlessly expending money and causing any more personal animosity. Rather than bitterness, I want to focus on how best Virginians can be effectively served by their new junior senator."

Somewhere a lot of lawyers are cancelling plans to buy new yachts. But America is better for Allen’s concession. I tell you, so many of these Republicans have gone out with class that it makes you wonder why they (and, of course, their Democratic counterparts too) can’t conduct themselves with more civility and grace the rest of the time.


Blogger Tom Strong said...

I've found myself thinking the same thing. A lot of the Republicans have responded to their losses with grace, as have some (though certainly not all) of their aligned bloggers.

It's last-minute grace, but grace all the same.

9:12 PM  

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