The Most Pretentious, Long-Winded Concession Speech You’ll See All Day


I wanted to post this video of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s concession speech not to gloat – his loss was expected and surprising to nobody – but rather to honor it as a marvel of pretentiousness and political conceit.

Taylor, who casts himself as a humble, down-home type rambles on for nearly 20 minutes reciting poetry and taking a thinly-veiled shot at this humble blogger (at about 5:30 in the video).

Democrat readers who were in the room emailed me that night, and the next day, saying there was much eye-rolling going on in the back while this spectacle was going on.

“Never in my life have I heard a candidate spend so much time talking about losing an election on election night,” one of them wrote to me.

Taylor has always been a bit affected and stagy, what with his cowboy costume and aw-shucks routine, but this really took the take.

On an interesting note, rumors around the capitol in Bismarck this week (where legislators, not including Taylor who gave up his state Senate seat, were in pre-session meetings) is that Taylor is the favorite to run for the US House against Kevin Cramer in 2014.

I can’t imagine why. In 2014 Democrats will almost certainly focus most of their resources on the House seat. Cramer will be at the top of the ballot all by himself – Dalrymple just got elected and Senator Hoeven isn’t up until 2016 – and the Dems will no doubt go all in on taking that seat back.

They’ve got an extremely thin bench in the state, but even so, why on earth would they want a limp noodle like Taylor spearheading that effort?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Rick Olson

    Rob is right. Outside of Heidi Heitkamp, who managed to upset Rick Berg in the Senate race; the Democratic-NPL’s cupboard is pretty bare. Their bench is very thin. I honestly can’t think of anyone of any weight that would have much of a chance against Kevin Cramer in 2014 (assuming, of course, Cramer runs for re-election to the U.S. House seat. There’s no reason to believe Cramer won’t run again in 2014, barring a major miscue, embarrassment, something along those lines on Cramer’s part which would make him vulnerable). Of course, anything can happen and probably will happen in two years. There are a lot of factors and scenarios that very well could come into play between now and then. Time will tell.

    • DelawareBeachHouse

      Tim will tell? Tim Mathern?

      • kevindf

        Tim only tells tall tales of liberation theology in a desperate attempt to assuage his pathological guilt.

      • Rick Olson

        Oops. Typo. I meant to say “time will tell.” I fixed it.

        • DelawareBeachHouse

          Tim forgives you.

  • Dustin Gawrylow

    I’d predict Ryan Taylor goes for Ag Commish next. I’d also predict that Brad Crabtree goes for Sec.State next, as his campaign this time around had more to do with what the Sec.State does (re:campaign finance) than the PSC.

    • Rick Olson

      Both of those offices are up during the mid-term election as is attorney general. If Al Jaeger doesn’t run again for secretary of state, then that race is wide open. Not sure about the Agriculture Commissioner race, though.

      • Noodles

        Paul Sorum is considering a run for Sec of State. DuWayne Hendrickson is thinking Ag Commish.

        • Rob

          Both will probably end up on the ballot as independents (I wonder if they’ll even bother seeking the NDGOP nomination this time around) and they’ll both get a very, very small portion of the vote.

  • toomuchguvmint

    Thanks Jack for sparing us from this tool.

  • borborygmi

    short, concise , to the point like Berg.

    • Rob

      I’m not sure you know what the words “short” or “concise” mean.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Taylor probably figured this was the most attention he was going to get, so best to take advantage.

  • Snarkie

    He describes your audience pretty accurately.

    • Rob

      You’re part of that audience, Snarkie.

      • guest

        Do you really expect a guy with “wet brain” to understand that?

  • VocalYokel

    Gee…I don’t know how the voters rejected a person of such eloquence.

  • Clint F

    If he could have kept it going a little longer, he could have transitioned into his next campaign speech!

  • Jitter

    Every state officeholder up for re-election in 2014 will run again. Won’t Cramer’s replacement on PSC have to run in 2014? If so, Crabtree will step up to that plate again, either to hit a homerun or go down swinging.

    • HowboutdemBoys?

      I’m hearing (don’t know if it’s all true), but Taylor is up for House (they won’t run the Schneiders for a few more years) if he wants. Crabtree will roll out for PSC. Mock is thinking of SoS again. Larry Robinson from Valley City for Ag if he wants. That fool up at Turtle Mountian, Richard Marcelais is telling people he might go for PSC, but even Crabtree would smoke him at a convention.
      I know that Jaegar is being urged to run SoS again. Ag will be the same candidate. Haven’t heard what Duane Sand will do this time, but do know that Sorum is telling people he might pursue the Libertarian Presidential nomination. Ugh!
      Hendrickson will run for something. It all depends which party has the closer convention. He’ll undoubtedly be a House candidate. Assuing he makes a convention he’ll probably lock down six to seven votes.

      • Rick Olson

        As much as I like Duane Sand, I really hope he doesn’t run for anything. As we all know, he’s become quite the lightning rod in North Dakota politics. We might hear from him if it comes to some statewide ballot initiative in the 2014 election cycle. He’s run a number of ballot issue campaigns successfully.

        I’m hearing that the proponents of repealing the North Dakota pharmacy ownership law may make another attempt at an initiative during the 2014 cycle. There are a couple of other issues which could surface … property tax reform being one of them if the Legislature doesn’t make any significant changes during the 2013 session.

        I would also like to see an effort at a constitutional amendment which would strip the constitution of the prohibition that the Legislature cannot give back any of the surplus state revenue (i.e. budget surplus) back to the people of North Dakota in the form of tax rebates of some kind.

      • Rob

        I don’t know, it seems to me that the House seat is going to be the race where Dems put all their assets in 2014. Cramer will be all by his lonesome at the top of the ballot, and Dems will want that seat back.

        Is Taylor really the candidate who gives them the best shot there? It’s hard to imagine they couldn’t do better.

    • Rick Olson

      Correct. Since Kevin Cramer is resigning in mid-term, the person who Governor Dalrymple appoints to complete the unexpired term would have to run for a full term in 2014. Cramer has two years left on his four year PSC term. The governor’s appointee would not be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

    • Rob

      Yeah, whoever the gov appoints to replace Cramer will have to run to have that appointment confirmed in 2014, and then run again at the end of that term in 2016.

      And at this point, I think Crabtree can’t expect anything more than to go down swinging.