There is a bitter reality in Sukhumbhand Paribatra's sweet, historic win in Sunday's Bangkok governor election.
The reality is it has become glaringly evident that the Democrat Party did not win because of itself. It won because many voters _ hundreds of thousands of voters _ did not want the other side to rule and viewed the Democrat candidate as a "lesser evil", a mere vehicle that could carry them to a short-term destination.
The reality is reflected in thank-you notes sent out by Democrat executives a day after their victory. Deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij said he appreciated all the votes that went the party's way "even though you might not be overly fond of our candidate". He promised to listen to the electorate more.
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