As Barack Obama‚s campaign becomes defined by a series of embarrassments ‚ his assessment of what small-town residents cling to, a mentor who believes the government created HIV, a friend of 20 years who takes to the pulpit and demands whites give up 401(k) accounts to atone for their ancestor‚s racist sins, a wife who pledges to take away some people‚s pie and give it to others, an associate who expresses no regret over planting a bomb in a Pentagon women‚s bathroom, etc. ‚ it seems mind-boggling that this candidate was once promoted as a healer, a unifier, and a groundbreaking, post-partisan leader.

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