Earlier, by Ann Coulter: The Democrats’ Guide to Losing Gracefully
One example was
Of course, that's from the Democrats' point of view. But if there's one man who could be counted on to surrender gracefully, it was Gerald Ford, who surrendered over the 1965 Immigration Act, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Affirmative Action, Amnesty (for draft dodgers, not illegals) and the 1976 election.
Republican journalist Victor Lasky wrote in Jimmy Carter, The Man And The Myth:
And so, finally, in the bicentennial year of 1976, the American people went to the polls. Not all who were entitled to vote, however, did so. Just 54.4 percent of the 150 million eligible, the lowest election turnout since Truman edged Dewey in 1948. Carter won the electoral vote 297 to 241, the popular vote 40.8 million to Ford's 39.1 million. Ford carried four of the eight biggest states. But he needed five or six.
Had Ford carried New York with its 41 electoral votes, he would have won the election. But he lost the Empire State by 289,000 votes. And though New York Republicans were prepared to demand the impoundment of all the voting machines because of suspected irregularities, the White House decided the Democrats couldn't have pilfered all those votes.
You can see the story G.O.P. WITHDRAWS SUIT ON BALLOTS IN NEW YORK, November 4, 1976, on the NY Times website.
The GOP surrender position seems to have been that there were too many votes for them to have been all stolen, a position Steve Sailer mocked here much more recently:
The New York Times Opinion section explains that vote fraud is practically impossible because it would require a large number of people working together to win elections with machine-like coordination: a “political machine” if you can imagine such a thing.
But, of course, political machines don’t exist.
Sometimes it feels like Republican political machines either don't exist, or they're controlled by the other side.