Why hasn't RPOF chair Lenny Curry fallen on his sword already?

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When a Roman general suffered a particularly humiliating defeat, he would at least have the decency to slip into a warm bath and open his veins.

In the classical period, suicide held a different connotation than it does today. It was only at the Council of Arles in AD 452 that it was officially condemned as a sin by the Christians.

Suicide was a viable option to the humiliation of public trial and granted the individual dignity in death that befitted their social standing. Suicide could also be seen as the ultimate act of defiance against tyrants and allowed the natural flow of assets to pass to heirs (rather than the state).

Now, no one is suggesting the Republican Party of Florida’s Lenny Curry actually commit suicide, but how come he hasn’t at least fallen on his proverbial sword.

Tuesday’s election results were the worst for the Florida GOP in over a decade. Worse than that, the Florida GOP’s plan for 2012 was the most illogical since before the party seized majority status in 1994.

Consider just how bad it was for Republicans in Florida:

  • Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama.
  • Connie Mack handily lost his challenge of US Senator Bill Nelson.
  • Republican candidates Adam Hasner and Allen West lost the two most high-profile congressional races to Democrats Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy.
  • Most of the GOP-sponsored constitutional initiatives, including the vanity projects proposed by outgoing Senate President Mike Haridopolos, went down to defeat.
  • Curry’s pet project of knocking off three activist members of the Florida Supreme Court fell short.
  • Speaker Designate Chris Dorworth is on his way to being unseated.

All of this plus the GOP’s losses in the several Florida House races.

(By the way, let’s not forget that last year, GOP in North Florida — Curry’s base –lost a high-profile race for the Jacksonville mayor’s office.)

So tell my why Lenny Curry hasn’t offered a mea cupla?

Curry’s defenders, such as spokesperson Brian Burgess, will argue that Curry and the Florida GOP drowned in a Democratic wave. And this would certainly be accurate.

However, the Florida GOP sure has wasted a lot of time in 2012 worrying about 2014, whether it be its Orwellian promotion of Rick Scott’s agenda or its obsession with Charlie Crist’s leftward tack.

In September, via Twitter, I challenged Curry, tweeting:

@SaintPetersBlog: Fla. GOP’s decision to focus on Crist, rather than Romney and Mack, falls squarely at @LennyCurry’s feet.

Curry responded with full-on snark:

@LennyCurry: … its called chewing gum and walking at the same time. @FloridaGOP has a team that multi-tasks. Its not complicated.

Actually, it is complicated, Mr. Chairman.

Anyone can cash the six-figure checks from Blue Cross and Disney and the prison privatizers.

Walking and chewing gum and not losing elections like the Democrats did for the last twelve years, well, that’s another matter.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.