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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

Jimsd55 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 8:05 AM
You seem to forget Michael, Obama did not invent those negative ads against Romney, they go back to MCCain along with Perry, Gingrich and Santorum in the last GOP primary. Obama Campaign Using GOP Primary Attacks Against Romney ... › News › Ken Walsh's Washington May 8, 2012 – President Obama's strategists are resurrecting criticisms of Mitt Romney from the Republican primaries and using them against the GOP ...

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...