Political scientists are a data driven lot. As a grad student in Political Science I had no use for data. I was there for the ideology. No surprise there - I wrote to Boston University radical historian from my Peace Corps post with ideological leanings but no thought of science. Like most campaigners I was driven by policy objectives. Journalists are driven by "the story". Political scientists stick with the data since the best predictor of the future is the past. Klein reviews two books - one of each sort. The take away is campaigns motivate the loyalists but change few minds. 89% of Democrats voted for Obama. 88% of Republicans voted for Romney. - GWC
Do Political Campaigns Even Matter? - Bloomberg:
by Ezra Klein
“Game Change 2” has just been published, and horse-race junkies currently feeling the aches and fevers of election withdrawal (Virginia and New Jersey’s gubernatorial races -- much less New York’s puny mayoral race -- hardly provided a fix) 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.
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