How the hell is it that your average gamer has better manners than a gubernatorial candidate? Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has not called his opponent to extend the proverbial congratulatory hand shake, and sections of the internet seem to think this is just fine, and it makes no sense at all to me why you wouldn’t want to make that call.
What does making the congratulatory call gain you? The respect of your opponent, good standing in the public’s eyes, a feeling of finality, acceptance of one’s defeat, and generally not looking like a jerk. And refusing to make that call? All it does it make you look like you’re incapable of accepting reality- that you lost- and that you’re a petulant child who can’t be bothered to congratulate someone who beat you at something.
I get it. I don’t like losing. Most people don’t like losing. Unlike Cuccinelli, though, I’m capable of congratulating the person who beat me because I’m not a five year old child. I extend a handshake to opponents when I play them, or tell them ‘good game’, or even try and help them figure out ways to beat me. But apparently when you’re a politician acting like a petulant child who hasn’t figured out how to play nicely with others is the appropriate response to losing.