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March 27, 2010

Being bad winners, sore losers part of who we are

I can be a bad winner and a sore loser.

I come by it honestly. I’m an American, and Americans can be notoriously bad winners and sore losers.

It comes from winning too much. Didn’t we just take more medals in the winter Olympics than any other country? We believe that God made us winners, and if we don’t win, the Devil’s in it and we can be pretty ugly.

Once I went to visit a friend in the hospital after he suffered a bad accident. He liked to play chess, so I took a chess set along. I read him a humorous short story then played two games of chess with him. I told myself before I went that I should let him win. But did I?

No. I don’t like to lose, even to a guy who is in pain and needs something, like winning at chess, to make him feel better. So I beat him — no, I thrashed him — and I did my victory dance around the hospital room.

Democrats, bad winners, have done their victory dance after their health care win.

Now, Republicans are reminding us what a sore loser is.

They say they’re going to do everything to make life difficult for Democrats for two years. One Republican senator said he wasn’t going to work with them at all.

See, that’s a sore loser. He doesn’t care that his job affects 360 million people. He’s only out to get his and his party’s way, which is pretty much what the Democrats did to get health care reform through.

And now, for at least the next two years, we have to listen to hotheads and loudmouths on both sides debating in derogatory terms that either health care has been saved or destroyed, whether Democrats or Republicans have polarized politics more, or whether Democrats or Republicans have bankrupted America.

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