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Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns
Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns

Joe Biden was not the only one who found himself in crisis when a videotape emerged during the 1988 presidential primary exposing him as a plagiarist. The political operatives who had secretly distributed footage of Biden passing off the words of a British politician as his own also had a big problem on their hands. Voters did not take kindly to such scheming. It nearly derailed the candidacy of the rival the operatives worked for, Michael Dukakis. He fired them and issued a major mea culpa. Don’t expect any such apologies in this year's presidential race. Once a dark art that candidates were reluctant to acknowledge even the existence of, political opposition...

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