Much of politics, I’ve come to see, is either melodrama or wishful hoping, and much of the time, the melodrama or the wishful hoping is a pardonable sin. Not all of the time. Lenin really was an evil man, and the world would have been better off had he slipped on some grease at the Finland Station and been struck by an oncoming train. It might have been better for his eternal soul, too, for all we know.
But in 1892, the United States was not going to hell one way or to hell another way depending on whether Grover Cleveland

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