In addition to McCain, the 2008 U.S. Presidential Race had a lot of losers. Once the polls closed Ron Paul was lonely, Ralph Nader became abrasive, and Mike Gravel probably sung an awesomely off pitch revolutionary tune.

But those are the big underdogs, the longshots you’ve heard of. What about the even lesser-known candidates covered by several thick veils of obscurity? What happened to them on election night? I’d say Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party turned on an old Ali vs. Frazier classic and Socialist Brian Moore wondered what the hell went wrong.

That conjecture is based on Current’s excellent mini-doc, Presidential Underdogs, showcasing a few days in the campaigns of the boxing-writer Charles Jay and Colbert Report guest Brian Moore (who was kinda offended that the Republican Right called Obama a Socialist). It’s an excellent window into the sphere of inconspicuous party politics, a great way to wind down the post about this marathon of an election, and well worth the watch:

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