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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

Dave8528 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 11:41 AM
The Republicans pundits were all wrong about the election. I've heard many theories why Romney lost, but the only thing that matters is that he lost and we have four more years of the same thing, stagnant economy and high unemployment.

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?

The most striking change in the results this year involved a precipitous and alarming decline in voter participation, a drop-off that stemmed from a deliberate strategy by the Obama campaign and almost certainly provided the president with his margin of victory. Meanwhile, much of the conventional wisdom about...