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Social scientists are the unacknowledged legislators of the world - Input Junkie
November 4th, 2012
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Social scientists are the unacknowledged legislators of the world
Comparing the skill levels of the Obama and Romney campaigns..... for tolerably obvious reasons, the Romney campaign has relied on marketers and the Obama campaign has relied on social scientists. The social scientists are pulling ahead, though I don't know whether it's that the social scientists are more clueful or the Obama campaign is more serious.

What I do see (assuming that the article is accurate) is that the Obama campaign is behaving as though it has something to protect, and the Romney campaign isn't. When you have something to protect in this sense, you are willing to check on what you're doing, and change your behavior if the evidence suggests that you're wrong.

The Obama campaign may not be as clueful as the article suggests. I keep turning down phone solicitations, but they keep phoning.

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From:whswhs
Date:November 4th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
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If Obama's campaign is willing to change its course of action when it isn't getting the expected results, it's quite a change from his style of governing.
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From:nancylebov
Date:November 4th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Quite possibly so. To be fair, campaigning well is a much simpler task than governing well.

In any case, I think Obama's opponents have consistently underestimated what a formidable campaigner he is. This could be explained as racism, as a reverse halo effect (not wanting to believe that the other guys are better at anything), as a generalized mistrust of expertise, or just an inability to imagine more competence than they have.
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From:jcbemis
Date:November 4th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm actually getting more email solicitations from the Democrats and Libertarians, and more phone solicitations from the Rebublicans :P I don't know if this has any particular meaning, though
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From:redneckgaijin
Date:November 4th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
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There's a flaw in the reasoning- that being the current crop of Republicans, including Romney, are absolutely incapable of ever admitting they are wrong, regardless of the evidence, regardless of anything they might want to protect.
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From:whswhs
Date:November 4th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
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That's a point where I see the Democrats as equally at fault. Indeed, recent American politics has struck me as largely an alternation of progressive social conservative minorities getting into control and trying to force their agendas on the country singlehanded. But of course, part of the problem is that each faction is firmly convinced that the great majority of the people really agree with them—despite any evidence to the contrary.
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From:redneckgaijin
Date:November 4th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I posit to you that Republicans, at the moment, are defined by their social conservatism, and Democrats (especially Obama) are defined by economic conservatism.

I for one think this country has had quite enough of BOTH kinds.
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