It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
Or so the old saying about sport goes.
But when it comes to politics, losing can mean the end of a career, so you might expect that the reactions to defeat may be a little more incendiary than usual.
Not so dumped minister and member for Jandakot Joe Francis, who is the highest profile scalp of the Government’s landslide loss to the Labor Party.
Mr Francis will leave parliament after being defeated by Labor’s Yaz Mubarakai, who last year told his local paper: “It’s not a personal one-on-one, it’s more about what the community’s needs are and what the community wants from a governing body.”
The count, which was as close as four votes on Monday night, swung wildly towards Mr Mubarakai, prompting Mr Francis to concede.
And in doing so, “Jandakot Joe” issued one of the more gentlemanly public responses to a loss seen in the drama of the past few days.
The response from Mr Francis’s Twitter followers was immediate.
“Very gracious,” tweeted @Sonia_Murphy.
“Now that is a very dignified concession tweet. Well done that man,” posted @writerhaulic
The tone was in stark contrast to the bizarre early morning phone call made by the new Liberal party member for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis after he defeated Rob Johnson.
Mr Johnson, who was running as an independent after falling out with his Liberal colleagues passed on the recording after the pair had waged an undignified tit-for-tat campaign.
You can hear the bizarre voice mail, which was left on Mr Johnson’s phone at 2.49am on Sunday in the player above.
And you can read Mr Katsambanis’ explanation for the call here.
Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.