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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.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States of America is not a new phenomenon.

Over the past days, I've found myself returning to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who, in 1967, just a year before his own assassination, gave a speech prophetically entitled "The Other America" in which he vividly described a reality that feels all too of this moment rather than that one:

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