happy warrior

happy warrior

One who remains stalwart and undiscouraged in the face of adversity. The phrase is often applied to politicians who are nominated for higher offices but ultimately are not elected. The other party's candidate is so strong that we need to nominate a happy warrior who can gracefully shoulder the disappointments we may face.
See also: happy, warrior
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Hunter said, Lee served the FEC and our country as a happy warrior in support of free speech rights for the press and political parties and for strong freedoms for political discourse on the internet.
The editors have organized the fifteen selections that make up the main body of the text in seven parts devoted to reasserting tradition, returning home to another war, telling the untellable, between the paradigms of the happy warrior and the bitter pacifist, the subaltern, the soldier and the other, and childrenAEs experiences of war.
He was unique, and part of his charisma was his wild and happy warrior spirit.
Perhaps, given the tribal wars in Washington and dark tides loose in the world, there's a longing for Bill's better angels: the Happy Warrior desire to get up every day and go at it, no matter how difficult; the unfailing belief that in the future things will be better; the zest in the hand-to-hand combat of politics and policy, the reaching out to Newt Gingrich -- even through government shutdowns and impeachment -- and later teaming up with Bush Senior.
After 50 years, you could call Slovic a happy warrior, except for his deep disdain of war and his scholarly skepticism of happiness.
The Happy Warrior can be relied upon to give punters a good run for their money in the IRL Independent Racecourses Handicap Hurdle at Stratford.
The Happy Warrior went off 15-8 favourite but was only third, never being able to get on terms with the front two.
Dwight Macdonald on culture; the happy warrior of the mind, reconsidered.
What accounts for McCain's new tone, and the return of the happy warrior of the center?
Besides, I was not a happy warrior in Bomber Command.
17-30 issue, while I agree with much of what Colman McCarthy says about the evils of drone warfare and with your editorial about our happy warrior bishops, I was upset by the negative and personal tone of both.
Perry has called Kimbrough, a Vietnam War veteran, "a happy warrior," and a "man who comes back time after time to serve.
While establishing Mink's raft of unique achievements--including a brief run for president, being instrumental in attaining statehood to Hawaii, and being a rare, early and vocal opponent of both the Vietnam War and the War on Terror--Bassford makes the case that, while running up against entrenched interests and societal barriers, Mink was a stern but happy warrior.
Switching themes, lest one forget how Native people have survived so long in a sometimes hostile environment & society, From Where the Sun Also Rises ends with Dance of The Painted Warrior; which doesn't depart so far from the album's feel it seems like a war-dance exactly, more like a happy warrior dancing to display he has the vigor, the courage to do so if asked.
Counterintelligence and military readiness are of course necessary components to any defensive strategy, but wit is a requirement as well, and no one better exemplified the happy warrior attitude than Christopher, who died Thursday night at the age of 62.