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John McCain will go down in history as having been at the top of the Republican ticket during one of the worst drubbings in American history. He lost the popular vote, the Electoral College in a landslide, and the GOP lost dozens of seats in the House and Senate.

Click here to see why Mitt Romney is a much worse candidate than John McCain.

The senator from Arizona fell victim to a variety of factors. Some were determined by his own choices, such as picking Sarah Palin and suspending his campaign during the financial crisis. Other obstacles to his election would have existed for any candidate his party nominated – namely an incredibly unpopular Republican president waging two unpopular wars as the world’s economy teetered on the edge of complete collapse.

Compared to John McCain, Mitt Romney, however, seemed to have every advantage.

All of the big name Republicans who could have beat him sat out the primary. The economy was still lagging, offering what many thought would be an election that would simply be a referendum on the president. And Citizens United guaranteed that more than a billion dollars — much of it anonymous, from corporate donors – would be spent to defeat Obama. Still Romney’s campaign has been unable to gather any momentum. He’s never led in an average of the polls.

Mitt could still win, of course, but the odds literally are that he won’t. Simply stated: Mitt Romney is a much worse candidate than John McCain was.

Click here to see why Mitt Romney is a much worse candidate than John McCain.

Photo credit: AP Photo/J Pat Carter

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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