By Marc Campos
kamikaze 1: a member of a Japanese air attack corp in World War II assigned to make a suicidal crash on a target (ship),   2: having or showing reckless disregard for safety or personal welfare.
A Kamikaze Candidate (KC) is an individual that knows going into an election that they are going to lose, but they run anyway.
KC Trait # 1. The KC has been advised that in most instances the candidate with the most money usually wins. The KC knows he will be out raised by an 8 to 1 margin by the opponent but runs anyway.
KC Trait # 2. The KC has been advised that the opponent is a seasoned campaigner with one of the best political organizations, but runs anyway.
KC Trait # 3. The KC has been advised that the only way to bring down the opponent is if the opponent is involved in some sort of scandal. The KC is also advised that hoping for an opponent's scandal is not a reason to get into the race, but runs anyway.
KC Trait # 4. The KC has been advised that the folks that are urging the KC to make the race have an ulterior motive - they have a personal dislike for the opponent - and want the KC to make the race just to annoy the opponent, knowing full well that the KC does not have a chance. The KC runs anyway.
KC Trait # 5. The KC is intelligent and knows KC Traits # 1-4 are valid, but makes the race anyway.
That's why we call them Kamikaze Candidates.
The WWII kamikazes will forever be kamikazes. Ditto for the KCs.
March 23, 2005, 9:00AM