Who can forget that classic statement by the great wordsmith Yogi Berra and it is a philosophy that has been around for centuries. “It ain’t over til it’s over” may not always be spoken in words, however it is there.
Years ago an actress friend was going through a disastrous divorce and when I asked her how it was going she replied, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” And she was correct. The couple reconciled.
This is something that appears to exist in politics and has for years. Abraham Lincoln lost his bid for the U. S. Senate despite gaining fame for his debate skills. Political pundits of the day assumed his career as a politician was over. Abe went on to win two elections as president.
In 1920 Franklin D. Roosevelt was on the national Democrat ticket as Vice President with James Cox running for President. They were soundly defeated and it was assumed that despite his name, unlike Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin would not be heard of again. Of course we know how differently that turned out. FDR would later win the presidency four times.
Within this writer’s lifetime one that stands out in this regard was Richard M. Nixon. After Nixon lost against John F. Kennedy in 1960 he ran for governor in California two years later and was defeated. A whipping child of the press Richard Nixon announced in a press conference, “You won’ t have Nixon to kick around again.” Of course Nixon went on to win presidential elections in 1968 and 1972. Despite the disgrace of Watergate that forced Nixon to resign from office he went on to write well-received books on foreign policy. Ironically at Nixon’s funeral President and opposite party member Bill Clinton praised Richard Nixon as an outstanding statesman who accomplished a great deal in that field.
We must pause here to note that the idea of “It ain’t over until it’s over” can backfire. It must be something that Hillary Clinton believes as she has never accepted her defeat to Donald Trump in 2016 for the Presidency of the United States. To date Hillary has listed over three dozen reasons why she lost the election, none of which were her fault. Hillary has even suggested she might run again. She has made the statement that there are people urging her to run though likely it is husband Bill and daughter Chelsea. This writer believes that while it is over for her, maybe she should run just to prove the American people do not want her.