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© Derf

In the current Republican race, what’s important is not the winner of the latest primary or caucus, what’s important is who is losing. After all, all of the current candidates have won at least once (except for Ron Paul). As candidates lose momentum and drop out, the winner will not be the person who wins the most often, but the person who doesn’t ever looselose so badly that they have to drop out, so they keep going long enough to be the last man standing.

So the important news from Tuesday was not that Santorum won. The important news is that Gingrich didn’t even show. Maybe a dead cat is a good analogy for his candidacy (although Derf drew this before Tuesday).



  1. Uzza wrote:

    Loose what so badly? The truth about themselves?

    Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Piar wrote:

    I don’t want to appear as grammar-Nazi, but as non-native speaker of the English language I’m quite amazed by the amount of misuse of lose versus loose by native speakers.

    That besides I am quite intrigued by US-politics and a regular follower of the website. Please keep it up.

    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    @Piar you must not have seen how many people use “your” when they mean “you’re.” It really is mind-boggling because many of them are younger and it seems like they’re not being told what the difference is….

    Oh well.

    But yeah. The important story wasn’t who won, but who lost.

    I’m starting to think Gingrich is being paid by the Dems to stay in the race. Hahahaha.

    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    What’s really annoying is that I am a grammar Nazi and I didn’t catch that typo. Mea culpa. I certainly know the difference between loose and lose.

    In revenge, I’ll point out that Piar’s first sentence contains two grammar errors in the first eight words (while apologizing for being a grammar Nazi). Anonymous even made a common grammar error: “mind boggling” would only be hyphenated if it was used as an modifier, like “a mind-boggling event”.

    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  5. JC for pennies wrote:

    Oh enough you GNs. Maybe they’re just typos!

    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  6. Falkelord wrote:


    But I did hyphenate “mind-boggling” unless you changed it for me, in which case you didn’t change Piar’s sentence 🙁

    In any case, I do the same thing all the time.


    Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink
  7. Falkelord wrote:

    I.e. Because “mind-boggling” would be a modifier (The common juxtapositions of “loose” and “lose” as an event is mind-boggling), right?

    in b4 this entire topic gets 30 comments

    Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink