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Commentary: What were they really thinking?

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The candidates subject themselves to all those boring chicken dinners, weekends on the road and having to flatter unpleasant people. Their campaign workers, contributors and media friends struggle to pull them over the finish line.

The politicians taste victory, or at least a commanding lead in the polls, and -- boom! They are outed in a sexual indiscretion, found making an easy-to-catch lie or flattened by a journalist's obvious question.

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