- - Tuesday, September 8, 2020

While most of the current Democratic leaders were not alive in 1948, the lessons from that year’s presidential elections are not lost, considering the recent decision to increase the exposure of Joe Biden to the voting public. Although the parties were reversed in the 1948 example, Thomas Dewey, the Republican candidate, had a substantial majority predicted in the polls — and he chose to abstain from extensive electioneering. In contrast, President Truman went all-out, with numerous whistle stops during his campaign in an effort to win.

What was the result? An aloof Dewey was soundly defeated by an energetic Truman, who presented himself at every occasion to the voting public.

The lesson seems to have been learned: Exposure beats absence in critical elections.

NELSON MARANS

New York



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