This is a true story.
There’s this girl, a high school junior, whom I’ll call Anita. She was a candidate for Vice President in the student government and she won by a slim two-vote victory. She won. There was no doubt about that. There were no accusations of cheating or anything. As far as the students and the school administration were concerned, she won fair and square.
But Anita was unhappy. She was expecting to win by a landslide. She spent the campaign period reminding everyone that they shouldn’t vote based on popularity implying, of course, that she was the truly qualified candidate and that the only way that her opponent, a senior, could win was if students voted because he was more likeable. Her position, sadly, was untenable. The other candidate was actually more qualified than she was. Anita was an A student but without leadership qualities. Students — not just her classmates — shunned her because they considered her to be a selfish and self-centered person. In Anita’s view, her grades made her more qualified than her opponent who was just an average student. Where she got that twisted idea, I do not know. And she actually managed to make a number of students buy that reasoning — that was how she won. But that’s not really the point.
After the elections, after she had been declared the winner, she very angrily confronted her classmates. She called them traitors because she was so sure that not everyone in the class voted for her. In her mind, if everyone had, her winning margin would have been much, much wider. She was their classmate, after all, and the other candidate was a senior.
Now, that really stumped me. When she was campaigning, she asked everyone not to vote based on popularity yet she was angry afterward because she expected her classmates to vote for her for the simple reason that she was their classmate. And I wondered how it figured in her earlier position that it is the qualified candidate who deserves to win. After all the speeches, she turned out to be just another title hungry individual. Balimbing pa because the right reason for voting changed depending on what was favorable to her.
Gee, if I were her classmate, I’d have her impeached.