No politician could come back from two consecutive crushing defeats. A lucrative law practice awaited the former vice president who once rescued his career during his famous Checkers speech by bragging that his wife didn't have a fur coat, but a good Republican cloth coat.
Thus on November 7, 1962, an angry, petulant, and rumored to be drink Richard Milhous Nixon gave an infamous press conference in which he said the following:
I leave you gentleman now. You will now write it; you will interpret it; that's your right. But as I leave you I want you to know.... just think how much you're going to be missing. You don't have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference, and I hope that what I have said today will at least make television, radio, the press recognize that they have a right and a responsibility, if they're against a candidate give him the shaft, but also recognize if they give him the shaft, put one lonely reporter on the campaign who'll report what the candidate says now and then. Thank you, gentlemen, and good day.
It was Nixon's first, but not his last farewell speech.
Nixon would retire from politics only to stage a remarkable comeback as the "New Nixon" won the presidency in 1968, and then again in a landslide in 1972, only to lose it all - his presidency and his public life- two years later. Nixon showed that while there are third acts in American politics, there are no fourth acts.
Judge Elect Stephen Milan lost two elections for judge before winning yesterday.
Conversely, Judge Fleur Lobree lost her second election in a row, despite being considered a good, hard working, and conscientious judge.
There may not be any fourth acts in American or Miami politics, but there is more to life and a career than a political job.
The sun will rise and the sun will set and life goes on.
There was a poor lawyer who after some modest success lost three close elections in a row.
And then in 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.
See You In Court.