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Both parties go to extremes
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CHARLOTTE -- At a time when the two parties usually reach out to grab every swing voter they can woo, this year’s conventions were unusually obsessed with firing up the base -- the loyal voters in each party who are most likely to show up on Election Day. Past wisdom, as famously described by Richard Nixon, called for candidates to run toward the party’s most loyal base voters during the primaries, then run to the moderate swing voters in the middle for the general election. After attending both parties’ conventions, I find that old wisdom has been turned on its head.