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The Presidential Election, Three Weeks Out

By Erik Tarloff  

During one of his more lucid moments, World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer observed, “People have been playing below strength against me for years.” It’s a shrewd statement that repays parsing; it essentially poses the question, Were Fischer’s best opponents playing, as their defenders alleged, at a lower than usual level when they lost to him, or was it instead that the intrinsic weaknesses in their technique were invisible until a genius of Fischer’s caliber came along to expose them?

A similar question is worth pondering now, three weeks before the presidential election…

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