While I disagree with D.G. Martin’s theory about the 2012 election cycle, I think his piece is interesting and worth the read.

“We hope we lose this contest so we can have a better chance to win when it counts.”

Does that comment sound like something from Olympic badminton players during the recent London games? They were trying to lose some preliminary matches because losing would get them a better draw in the next round.
What does this badminton scandal have to do with politics?

Some people in both parties want their presidential candidates to lose the 2012 election because they think that would improve their chances for a decisive and more significant win in 2016.