Legislative Scorecards Are Easy to Manipulate

Political candidates regard scorecards the same way carmakers regard the annual ratings from auto and consumer magazines.

It’s great to be No. 1, to have a third party say that what you are selling is better than what everybody else is selling. Those ratings show up on websites and in advertising, and the reprinted articles are sprinkled around dealer showrooms. But for anyone unlucky enough to land on a particular reviewer’s lemon list, the fastest way out is to question the integrity of the reviewer.

A great scorecard rating from the right group is solid gold in politics. Trade associations ...

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