This is just my opinion. Please don't hurt me. You're invited, however, to show me the error of my ways. (My husband falls for that one every time .)
The comics are aware that they need the audience vote and are doing what they can to get it. I can't fault them for that. They had to do more than just be funny on stage, and I think they did.
Dat: He made his campaign speech to the voting public under the guise of talking to Cory. I think it was a good idea that could have been executed better.
The thing is, the comics know that only a portion of what they say will be seen on TV. So my guess is that Dat gave variations of his campaign speech several times in order to ensure that it made the cut. That may be what pissed everyone off.
Vos and Dave: They put on several shows for our benefit. Heck, they certainly convinced me that they're funny. I'll pay the cover charge to see them live every chance I get.
They also tried to sway our vote by pointing out that Dat wasn't funny. It may have sounded mean but it was a valid attempt to counteract Dat's campaign. And the fact is that if they had not inadvertently given Dat an opportunity to prove that he was funny in the head-to-heads, we may have dismissed Dat because we were repeatedly told that he wasn't funny.
Ralphie: He was funny in the house. When he left the house, he took to posting his way into our hearts. I'm a cynic. I might have taken his posts at face value if he didn't have a horse in this race. As it is, I see Ralphie's posts as self-serving. But also as a legitimate and effective effort to win.
Cory: She said during the sitcom-pitch-challenge that she is aware that people like people who are "nice." See how nice she is? She helped Dat with his sitcom pitch. She asked the Don to be less hurtful. She was part of the coalition while simultaneously conveying that her heart was in the right place.
Tess: She played ball with the coalition and got to the final 5. At this point, I don't know what she's so mad at Dat about. Maybe we will find out what horrible thing Dat did to annoy her. Or not. She appears to have stayed in her Diva character throughout. There were probably softer moments that weren't aired.
I wonder if the other comics also made sales-pitches to the voting public that we weren't shown. IMHO, all the comics have every right to court our votes in any way that they see fit. And as with many political candidates, they sometimes learn too late that negative campaigns can backfire.
Apart from the quality of humor, what more could a comic do to sway your vote?