I’m not sure it’s fair to say Rep. Cao was a big “political loser.” Yes, he was at political risk. But his very political existence is a risk. He knows the odds are stacked against him anyway. He also should know that what lives on after politics is conscience, along with the well-deserved reputation for principle that comes along with a principled stand. And really good politicians know that in the long run, good principles are good politics. One lost race does not mean that no future races are winnable. One lost battle does not end a political war. And it’s easier to recover from a loss if your reputation is intact than it is if your reputation is not intact. Joseph Cao already was at risk of losing his seat this fall. Why not take the risk while standing instead of taking the risk while folding? This way, his supporters know who he is and what he stands for, and will work harder for him. In this race, AND the next.
Either way, both pro-lifers and pro-“choice” folks can admire Rep. Cao’s consistency and his moral clarity. Good for him. Good for all of us to see such an example of courage.