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Republican Show Gives Every Amateur His Hour: Margaret Carlson

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- In movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “Dave,” a simple man upstages the career politicians who run Washington.

From the start of this campaign season, Republicans have been refashioning this pleasing myth and taking it to alarming extremes, rallying around a series of dead-end kids whose candidacies, they hope, will expose the stupidity of the grown-ups who sent the country into a tailspin. Exhibits A through E: Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.