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The Best and Worst of 2014 Politics

From phoniest gaffe to shiniest silver bullet.
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If we're being honest, the 2014 elections could have been predicted fairly accurately back in January. The map favored Republicans. The "dark money" favored Republicans. There was no real precedent for a president recovering his popularity in the midterm year of his second term.

Still, 2014 saw Republicans outperform in most key races, saw the Chamber of Commerce belatedly figure out that spending money on early primaries could prevent lousy candidates from winning them, and saw a neglected left try to imitate the right. The highlights, believe it or not, are many. More believable? So are the lowlights. Inspired by film critic Christopher Orr, here are some un-requested and often un-wanted superlatives for the races of 2014.