(The Root) — Despite all of the promises of “bipartisanship” that politicians love to throw around on the campaign trail, many act like small children if their chosen candidate loses and they face the prospect of working with someone from another party.
Not all political figures and voters react that way. For instance, former first lady Barbara Bush recently admonished fellow Republicans still stewing over President Obama’s win: “People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly.”
But there are plenty who are comfortable being “ugly” about the election results. From politicians to pizza chains, below is a list of the ugliest — the sorest losers of the 2012 election cycle.
Rep. Allen West
This one isn’t exactly a surprise. The representative from Florida spent his time in Congress solidifying his reputation as one of the most controversial members there, which is a pretty big accomplishment, considering that he served only one term. He’s infamous for suggesting that the president and other Democratic leaders should take their policy ideas and “get the hell out of the United States of America” and for claiming that dozens of Democratic members of Congress are “members of the Communist Party.” He may become even more infamous for being the least gracious candidate in defeat this year.
It took West weeks to concede defeat by his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy. This despite the fact that a Florida judge denied his request for a recount. Ironically, West may be one of the GOP legislators whom Democrats will miss. In terms of controversies and gaffes, he was the gift that kept on giving, with Murphy’s Democratic supporters even creating a website devoted to his many foot-in-mouth moments, aptly titled, “That’s What West Said.”
Either Southern states really never got over losing the Civil War or perhaps some people there considered the Nov. 6 presidential election the equivalent of a rematch, because residents from those states led the charge in racist meltdowns on social media. The three states with the most racist tweets right after the presidential election: Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. It won’t exactly come as a shock that President Obama didn’t carry those states. Other Southern states coming in the top 15: Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Sen. John McCain
Yes, you read that correctly. McCain (R-Ariz.), President Obama’s opponent from 2008, is on a list of the sorest losers of the 2012 election. Apparently, while everyone else has moved on from 2008, he has not. To the surprise of many of his onetime admirers, McCain has spent the last four years seeming to do everything possible to eradicate any trace of his moderate, maverick, compromising conservative persona — and all because he still seems to be nursing a grudge that the president beat him four years ago. According to news reports, McCain’s dislike of Obama began long before they were presidential candidates.
This personal animosity has since morphed from petty to embarrassing in recent days, as news outlets have pointed out the blatant hypocrisy in McCain’s statement that he would block the nomination of United Nations ambassador Susan Rice to be secretary of state because of her statements regarding Benghazi, Libya, and yet he fiercely defended another Rice — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush administration — from criticism over her inaccurate comments about weapons of mass destruction that led our country into war. McCain’s threat resulted in one of the sharpest rebukes the public has ever seen from President Obama. So it appears for now that the rivalry of the 2008 election shows no signs of winding down anytime soon.
The chairman of Murray Energy read a prayer, then laid off 200 employees from his various companies after President Obama’s re-election. He blamed the Obama administration’s energy policies for the move, despite the fact that his claims that the administration is having an adverse impact on his business have been debunked by industry analysts.
You know you’ve reached an embarrassing new low in conservative circles when Fox News feels the need to embarrass you while you are on the payroll. Rove got into a spat with his colleagues at Fox, where he is a paid contributor, because the network did its job by accurately calling the state of Ohio, and therefore the election, for President Obama. By doing so, he solidified his place as one of the 2012 election’s sorest losers.