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Keynes writes in The Economic Consequences of the Peace that

The President's mistaken policy over the Congressional election had weakened his personal position in his own country, and it was by no means certain that the American public would support him in a position of intransigency.

Presumably these are the 1918 midterm elections.

What mistake is Keynes referring to?

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Apparently the mistake was an electoral appeal that urged Americans to vote Democratic because a vote for Republicans would

". . . be interpreted on the other side of the water as a repudiation of my leadership." .

This achieved the opposite of the desired effect, losing the election for the Democrats, as the letter was (correctly) perceived as an unwarranted slight on the Republicans' patriotism.

Source: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/29553

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