Topic: "Worst Candidate Ever"(8)
That is the answer to the question presented to "Carnac the Magnificent" by his friend, the Hobbit. The question itself was to name any candidate for a nationally-elected position with less capability for meeting the requirements thereto than Willard Mitt Romney?
George McClellan was fired, twice, by Abraham Lincoln. Despite an overwhelming differential in strength, McClellan was slow to move in order to take advantage over opposing rebel forces. Rather than "take the advice of his commanders in the field," Lincoln kept replacing McClellan until he found a general, Ulysses Grant, who could humble the gallantly under-manned rebels. McClellan, who held himself in much higher esteem, decided to accept the Democratic Nomination to oppose President Linccoln in the election of 1864.
McClellan took on a President whose entire administration was devoted to preserving the Union, and winning a horrible war. McClellan should have beaten the incumbent, simply because, he argued, it was taking too long and was costing too much. Many stories have been told of the enmity that developed between the two, but uppermost was Lincoln's opinion of a warrior who would not fight, and who let caution be his guide.
Lincoln narrowly defeated McClellan. As the war ended of course, Lincoln lost his life, and McClellan, well, he was elected Governor of New Jersey.
It is hard to say which one suffered the most.
There's always Mexico, Mitt.