The New York Times (free registration required) has a series of articles on the demise of the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. My favorite quote comes from Bob Kerrey, a former presidential candidate himself:
Focusing on her mistakes is an exercise in making someone who is already miserable even more so. As is true with every other walk of life, mistakes in politics shrink to insignificance if you win and are magnified beyond their actual importance if you lose.
The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat.
How so very true.