The Foxes and The "Sour" Grapes
The Foxes (after many futile attempts to get the coveted bunch): "Oh, well, it don't amount to anything, anyway."
"The foxy old party leader professes great contempt for the Prohibition vote. He pretends to despise its size, and yet he would awfully like to corral it in his own camp. The fact that he cannot is the secret of his sour-grapes cry, as he sees the coveted prize beyond his reach.
Prohibitionists can well afford to hear him sneer, while they maintain their own integrity, and with praiseworthy persistence vote for what they want."
(from Prohibition Cartoons by D.F. Stewart and H.W. Wilbur, Defender Publishing Company, 1904)