Graphiti: Obama Isn’t Truman

by John Sides on October 6, 2011 · 1 comment

in Campaigns and elections,Graphiti

From Brendan Nyhan’s post.  The upshot: don’t claim that Truman’s campaign against a “do-nothing Congress” was the reason for his 1948 victory.  The economy was clearly important.  And don’t think that such a strategy will help Obama in 2012, given the very different economy that he faces.

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Andrew Gelman October 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

This is good (and of course I agree with the basic point) but I recommend labeling the lines directly on the graph rather than with a legend, which requires the reader to go back and forth to figure out what is happening.

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