Election 2000: What the Loser Should Do

He'll be back with a vengeance in 2004. Here's how he should get in shape

What should the loser do? First, be elaborately gracious--for 15 or 20 minutes, anyway. Call for national unity. Congratulate the jerk who beat you. Walk away jauntily, as if you'd won. In a sense, you did. No talk about stolen elections. No "I was robbed!" Don't look back. Americans are sick of the subject anyway, and have drawn their own conclusions.

Get to work on 2004. Richard Nixon, having lost to John Kennedy in 1960 by a margin of problematic votes, worked for eight years in the Republican wilderness, speaking to every Rotary and Kiwanis that would have him. But Nixon...

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