A Pyrrhic Victory is a victory offset by staggering losses. King Pyrrhus’ of Epirus Army suffered tremendous casualties in the defeating the Romans in 280 BC—winning at all cost. As a student, studying the massive loss of human life during the American Civil War was rough.
Some observers have liken the current political battles to Pyrrhus’ situation since there are those who want to win with little regard for functioning after the election. The GOP has been tossing out quality conservative incumbents because the likeable lawmakers have histories of attempting to serve all the people. While it might be selfish, I have supported a Georgia senator from my area because his knowledge and leadership on agriculture and military issues helps key economic engines in rural Georgia.
The Blue Dog Democrat who represents southwest Georgia is in a serious mid-term battle and the far Right is giddy about their chances. They should remember Pyrrhus or better, Pickett and Lee at Gettysburg.
While I am busy be selfish, I can’t understand why more voters in swing congressional districts are standing idly by as a relative small group of very involved activists, Tea Party, shape elections and policy. From President Obama down to my city block, Democrats are too freaking nice…to each other. I have seen the enemy and it’s the complacent face in the mirror. We should find solace in the fact that our lack of voting produced the coming results.
A bust of Pyrrhus in a Copenhagen museum is missing it’s nose. I couldn’t help but think about wild voters in 2010 who seem eager to cut off their noses to spite their faces. That Georgia Senator has a staffer who evidently wrote something ugly on a blog when he or she should have been protecting the farm bill provisions on crops, nutrition programs and renewable energy so our southwest Georgia troops can return home soon rather than being entangled in hostile oil-rich regions of the world. Pyrrhus and I wouldn’t have been cool because I am selfish and hella practical.
I am pleased to see the White House finally pushing their supporters to the polls with references to their legislative record–talk about your Pyrrhic Victories.