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

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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