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July 16, 2012


No Win Political Advice

Jonathan Chait: "Most campaign advice falls into two broad categories, each with its own cliché. One cliché is: When You're Explaining, You're Losing. The argument here is that attempting to rebut the details of attacks simply allows the campaign to remain on your opponents' chosen terrain, so you must avoid any such arguments, deflect attacks, and turn to your own themes. The second main cliché is Never Let an Attack Go Unanswered. This supposed cardinal sin is to decline to respond to an opposing charge."

"Of course, the two clichés point in opposite directions, which suggests that, when a campaign hits a stretch of rough media or bad polling, there's a ready-made argument to show why it obviously blundered."












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