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November 07, 2013


Do Political Campaigns Even Matter?

Ezra Klein: "Game Change 2 has just been published, and horse-race junkies currently feeling the aches and fevers of election withdrawal... are rejoicing. As well they should. 'Game Change 2' -- the actual title is Double Down: Game Change 2012 -- is a joyous romp through the seedy underbelly of presidential campaigning. It's a cure for the off-year shakes."

"But when you buy 'Game Change 2,' you should also buy its opposite -- The Gamble, by political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck. It, too, is an account of the 2012 election. But it signals its contrasting point of view in its first sentence: '68,' the authors wrote. 'That is how many moments were described as 'game-changers' in the 2012 presidential election.' The rest of the book is dedicated to proving that almost none truly were."












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