Thanks, I really needed that. This really is the Teen Girl Squad candidate, isn't it?
As a candidate or a political party, you can be hated. You can be feared. You can be loathed. You can take all of those things and still win elections. If you become a punch line, it's over. You've become a loser, in a nation that truly despises losers. See: Dukakis, tank. See also: Perot, Stockdale.