In 2000, Mel Carnahan, the governor of Missouri, was running for Senator against incumbent John Ashcroft (later Attorney General). While en route to the Presidential Debates in St. Louis, his plane experienced harsh weather conditions and the plane crashed just 35 miles south of the city.
His campaign continued.
Despite rumblings from the Democratic Party, despite only three Democrats being elected to the position since Harry Truman, despite the political circus in the media, the campaign continued.
How many times did the campaign manager hear, “give it up, you’re embarrassing yourself?” How many times did he hear, “you’re going to lose this election?” How many times did he hear, “this is a lost cause?”
A Lost Cause.
Why workout, I’m fat, it’s a lost cause.
Why go to school, I’m dumb, it’s a lost cause.
Why go to work, I’m poor, it’s a lost cause.
The lost cause, is the greatest of all causes. It’s the cause that means the most, makes the most difference. The lost cause is the greatest victory.
In November 2000, Mel Carnahan became the only candidate to posthumously win an election. He won despite being deceased.
He won despite being a lost cause.
A Toast: To Lost Causes