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In this presidential election, media and academic attention has often focused on the so called “air war” of TV ads and cable news coverage. What is overlooked in this analysis is the field organization of each campaign. Frequently, field organizations are symmetrical in strength, resulting in little change in electoral outcome as the result of field work. Yet in this election, President Obama’s campaign has been pursuing innovative field tactics that may provide a distinct advantage.
1 – It’s been a long summer of criticism from afar.
All summer long, the candidates have flung disparaging comments back and forth from across the country. Romney will say something in Ohio. The president criticizes from Florida. Romney criticizes from North Carolina, and Obama says something in New York. Some would call this a debate in slow motion — but really, it’s worse.
For the first time since 2010, taxes are a top-priority issue in American politics. During a recent campaign video, President Obama called on Congress to renew income tax cuts for filers earning less than $250,000 a year.
Not only does this announcement relight a debate that was only postponed two years ago, but it turns taxes into a divisive election issue. This means that along with income taxes, the other major taxes in the United States on corporations, payrolls, and capital gains could be in play for reform. Whichever party wins in November is poised to go on the offensive and determine the long-term future of American tax policy.