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Losers can be winners too

December 27, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

I have a message to the Republican presidential candidates as we are a week away from the Iowa Caucuses.

Don't worry if you don't get the nomination, as you may be able to ride your wave of fame well after the election.

Presidential nomination losers tend to have a pretty good shelf life in this country any way. Mike Huckabee won in Iowa but didn't keep the momentum going in other states four years ago in his Republican nomination bid. Now you see him every time you turn on political television and he also is on the radio, making buku bucks I imagine.

Sarah Palin lost the election as a vice presidential candidate and she is more famous than Superman.

I'm beginning to think some of these people in the election are in it just for the fame they'll get afterwards. There a select few who have no shot of getting the bid right now, yet they are successfully getting their name out there, just in case Fox News wants to give them their own show in the future.

This brings to mind my all-time favorite presidential nomination candidate in U.S. history.

Paul Tsongas.

I remember as a kid it was fun to say Tsongas, who ran as a Democrat. Go for it, just say "Sonn-Guss." Yep, it never gets old.

Oh no, I just searched for more information on the guy and it appears he had cancer and died at the age of 55 in 1997. Man, where have I been?

I know Charlie Sheen might not think so, but winning is overrated. I mean if you win, you just get criticized even more, your hair goes gray and your face gets wrinkled.

If you lose, you can make your own schedule, not have to work as hard and you do not have the crosshairs on you. No, Sarah Palin proved you can be the one shooting, even if it's a moose.

If you lose - and then later you get bored - down the road you can run for president again. Then you wouldn't have to ever get a real job, you would just go from campaign to campaign, Mitt Romney style.

Palin got so busy feeding into her post-election loss popularity, she had to quit her pesky job as governor of Alaska.

So fear not, you bottom feeding Republican candidates who are beating me in the polls by just a few percentage points and I'm not even running. There are plenty of ways to make a buck off your fame for doing nothing.

The Kardashian sisters have got it down to a science. I guess everyone can learn from them.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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