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The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

RJBJr Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 6:58 AM
This election shows that TRUTH is the biggest loser. Voters either can't tell what the truth is, or they simply accept the lies being told. I've never seen such dishonesty and willful deception.

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...