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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Exploiting Government Mailings During a Presidential Campaign

In Defying the Odds, we discuss the 2016 campaign. The 2019 update includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms. The 2020 race, the subject of our next book, is well under way.  

Coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges to public policy and the electoral process.

In 1972, Nixon used a government-funded mailing to remind nearly 25 millions Social Security recipients that he had signed a bill raising payments and establishing future COLAs. (See Edward Tufte, Political Control of the Economy (Princeton University Press, 1978), 32.

Trump is doing something similar with coronavirus.