When has the better candidate lost the election? When has the worst candidate won?
History is generally written by people admiring the winnner and therefore assuming that he/she "must" have been the better candidate.
I'm talking about irrespective of the politics, the political environment, and the issues. If you had to bet money on a candidate which one would you want on your team?
It has happened.
1997 New Jersey: Christine T. Whitman was the worst candidate against Democrat McGreevey
2000 national: Bush was a better candidate than Gore but lost popular vote
1996 Virginia: Mark Warner was a better candidate than John Warner
2006 Maryland: Martin O'Malley was the worst candidate against incumbent Bob Erhlich
My point is that the media tends to glorify winning campaigns and candidates and tear down the losers. The reality is that in our country everything is political. The news. History. Everything.