"In August 1864, less than three months before the election, Republican leaders visited President Lincoln at the White House and told him that he had no hope of re-election. Their canvassing indicated that the country was so weary of the war that the Democratic candidate would triumph easily. Some Republicans were urging the President, for the sake of the party, to give up the party's nomination—which had been conferred only two months earlier—so a stronger candidate could be nominated. 'Mr. Lincoln is already beaten,' wrote Horace Greeley, the famous Republican editor of the New York Tribune. 'He cannot be elected. And we must have another ticket to save us from utter overthrow. If we had a ticket as could be made by naming Grant, Butler, or Sherman for President, we could make a fight yet.'..."For those tempted to draw parallels between 1864 and 2007 (and beyond), keep in mind that the events of the Civil War are a matter of historical fact, and current events are unfolding even as I type this brief comment.
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