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The Angle: Give Me a Smile Edition


slate articleThe following is an excerpt from Rebecca Onion | August 29, 2016 | Slate.com |

Michelle Goldberg sees very little but tragedy in the fall of Anthony Weiner, whose wife, Huma Abedin, announced Monday that she will be separating from him in the wake of the former congressman’s latest sexting leak. “We’re watching a lonely man undone by his inability to resist the furtive gratifications he finds on the internet, even as people on the internet laugh and laugh,” Goldberg writes.

Could Donald Trump win the election without a hint of a conventional ground game, relying, instead, on mass media to rally voters? Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, tells Isaac Chotiner he doubts it:

If you’re trying to mobilize nonvoters, giving them more information about the candidates or the parties or the issues or the consequences of the election doesn’t dramatically affect their likelihood of voting. Voting is a habit. Nonvoting is also a habit. The things that turn nonvoters into voters tend to be things that change the social dynamic around voting. They’re often in their way rather intimate. Somebody from your neighborhood coming up and having a real conversation with you.

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