We feel the bad news every day. It stings and leaves a mark.

Turn it off and watch the Olympics.

Or, you can crack open a great book of history and and take comfort that our inglorious past proves that our nation can survive brutal, even criminal, political actions.

From the review by the New York Times:

America’s first two-party system — Jefferson’s Republicans versus Adams’s Federalists — coalesced in part around these opposing estimates of revolutionary France.

In the first Washington-less presidential election, in 1796, Adams edged Jefferson by only three electoral votes (which, under the electoral system of the day, made Jefferson vice president).

Four years later, in a contest marked by grotesque vituperation, Jefferson beat Adams. Adams refused to attend his successor’s inauguration.