In some ways, in some elections, at some times, centrism and swing voters are closely connected. But the connection is growing more and more tenuous.
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Democrats win by uniting their base with swing voters, not by playing the two against each other. President Obama should be the president who gets this instinctively. So how did it come to this?
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