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One reason why this election is more interesting than many expected is that, through Blair's unpopularity and MILBURN'S MALADROITNESS, this scenario collapsed spectacularly.
Cooley argues that O'Neill "created a role that helped to establish the careers of Charles Gilpin, and Paul Robeson, yet approached his black portraits with insensitivity and maladroitness, perpetuating pejorative images of black life" (55).
As far as great moments in mediocrity are concerned, the 1981 NBA Western Conference Finals stand as a sort of sporting monument to maladroitness.