Some people argue that we should respect Martin Frost for doing what he had to do to win a tough congressional race. Accepting that argument for the moment -- I do! I'm all for Democrats doing what they have to do to win. And, I can respect skillful politicians who know how to win in districts which are basically against them.
But, while those people should potentially be respected for doing what they need to do to win in their districts, that doesn't mean they should run the party. I don't know why that needs to be explained.
And, perhaps more importantly, this line of reasoning praises cynical politicians for their election-winning strategy. But, um, as far as I noticed, none of the Republican-lite politicians who faced significant challenges actually won their races. And, what they did do was a twofer -- They LOST and they helped discredit their party. Thanks!
Again, congrats on doing what you needed to do to win your district. But, you know what? That doesn't mean you're the right person to run the party. And, even more importantly - YOU LOST.