Here’s a pretty good expression of a class act: Al Gore, who won the popular vote for the presidency in 2000 and may well have won the electoral vote as well if the recount in Florida had been allowed to continue, concedes the win to Bush Junior in order to avoid a long drawn out battle that might divide the country and handicap any incoming administration in taking the reigns of government.
Fast forward to 2008 and the race for one of the senate seats in Minnesota. After a close election in which a recount was called for (and mandated I believe by state law), the Democrat Al Franken is shown to be the winner. But his Republican opponent Norm Coleman, instead of conceding,—even after the state voting officials, bi-partisan voting officials, etc. declare him the loser—vows to appeal the election results through the court system in a process that should take years. Leaving his state underrepresented in the Senate all that time (as it has been for months now).
It’s like the old Bible Story about King Solomon and the two women who claimed the same child as their own. When he said his verdict was to have the child cut in half, the real mother pleaded to let the other woman have the child in order to save it. Al Gore cared more about our country than his political ambitions or his party’s bid for power. Norm Coleman cares more about his political ambitions and his party’s bid for power than he does about his home state.