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Capitol Perspectives: Overcoming political catastrophes

In the aftermath of the Todd Akin controversy, one of my reporters asked me if I could remember a Missouri politician who had recovered from a similar catastrophic setback.

I could not immediately think of one Missouri candidate who has been able to reverse a catastrophic setback.

Instead, what I recall is a long history of campaigns that got derailed by an event, story, self-inflicted wound or bad behavior. And

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