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Imagining Heroes

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Political stories are all about heroes. It is because Barack Obama could not be a hero in south Chicago's black community that he lost that long-ago congressional race. Only by losing could Obama ... More


Working the Binaries

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

As election campaigns work the binaries, they try to simplify the meaning of every issue that comes up, bringing it into semiotic alignment with one side or the other of the great divide. Candidates ... More


Walking the Boundaries

JEFFREY C. AlEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores a strategy that seemed to offer Republicans an alternative pathway to victory. Rather than working the binaries, John McCain could walk the boundaries. If he had difficulty ... More


Palin Effect

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

At no point during the 2008 election campaign did the John McCain image generate much dramatic force. When Steven Schmidt assumed control over image making in early summer, even he could not liven up ... More


Financial Crisis

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The Palin effect deflated before the financial crisis, and her polluted representation had already brought down John McCain. From that point on, the civil power of the Republican Party's election ... More


Epilogue

JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER

in The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199744466
eISBN:
9780199944163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Just before midnight on the evening of election day, November 4, 2008, in Chicago's Grant Park, Barack Obama acknowledged victory in a speech to the hundred thousand people who gathered to consecrate ... More


Capturing the White House

Daniel K. Williams

in God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195340846
eISBN:
9780199867141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

George W. Bush depended on evangelical voters for his election, and he maintained a close relationship with Christian Right leaders, who supported him on the Iraq War even when other Americans did ... More


Running to the Right: Effects of Campaign Strategy on Mass Opinion and Behavior

Diana Mutz and Susanna Dilliplane

in Facing the Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151106
eISBN:
9781400840304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151106.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

This chapter focuses on the occasion of Republican John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential running mate because this event signaled to many voters an abrupt change in McCain's ... More


The McBama National Security Consensus and Republican Foreign Policy after the 2008 Election

J. Lynch Timothy

in Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199764013
eISBN:
9780199897186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter argues that an essential consensus obtains within mainstream American politics on the imperatives of national security strategy—the McBama consensus—that both candidates in 2008 ... More


Weighing Intangibles, Questioning Assumptions

Philip B. Heymann

in Living the Policy Process

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195335385
eISBN:
9780199851690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335385.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines what effort was made to identify all important classes of consequences and then to predict and assess them. It begins with the overall government choice and, after that, looks ... More


Why Climate-Change Skeptics Are Wrong

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

in What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794638
eISBN:
9780199919277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794638.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 begins by stressing the severity of climate change (CC) and showing how, contrary to popular belief, atomic energy is not a viable solution to ... More


“Somebody’s Gotta Go”: Campaign Finance in Colorado

Seth E. Masket

in The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190220839
eISBN:
9780190608446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190220839.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines how one state party—Colorado’s Democratic Party—adapted to a reform in the early 2000s designed to starve the parties of money. The larger party network, including a handful of ... More


Comparing the Bush Presidencies

Michael F. Cairo

in The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813136721
eISBN:
9780813141275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136721.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter offers an analysis of the lessons, both general and specific one can draw from a comparison of the Bush presidencies’ policies in the Middle East. The chapter begins by offering lessons ... More


Audiovisual Change: Viral Web Media and the Obama Campaign

Carol Vernallis

in Unruly Media: YouTube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199766994
eISBN:
9780199369010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766994.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Music video played a key role in Obama’s 2008 election. Tapping into an audiovisual history unavailable to McCain and Clinton, Obama supporters distributed music video clips from Facebook to YouTube; ... More


Senators Kerry and McCain: Empowering the Commanders in Chief

Ryan C. Hendrickson

in Obama at War: Congress and the Imperial Presidency

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160948
eISBN:
9780813165462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160948.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines the legislative records of Senators John Kerry (D–Mass.) and John McCain (R–Ariz.) related to U.S. war powers. Both senators have long and sustained records of supporting ... More


The Breach: Involving a visit by two important persons, a chance encounter, and a revelation

Emmanuel David

in Women of the Storm: Civic Activism after Hurricane Katrina

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041266
eISBN:
9780252099861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041266.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter focuses on a press conference organized by Women of the Storm on the occasion of a visit by John McCain and Lindsey Graham. It documents in detail the scene of the press conference, ... More


Regulating Digital Media Accessibility: #CaptionTHIS

Elizabeth Ellcessor

in Restricted Access: "Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479813803
eISBN:
9781479865789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479813803.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores digital media accessibility through the lens of regulation by looking to laws, guidelines, and forms of internal and informal regulation undertaken by private companies, ... More


In Defense of the White Nation: The Modern Conservative Movement and the Discourse of Exclusionary Nationalism

Enid Logan

in "At This Defining Moment": Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814752975
eISBN:
9780814753460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter looks at the racial politics of the right, asserting that the “real America” narrative forwarded by the McCain/Palin campaign was rooted in the racially coded populist discourse that the ... More


Legacies

Glenn Robins

in The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A. Robinson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813143231
eISBN:
9780813144450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813143231.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

When Robinson remarried in 1994, his second wife encouraged him to embrace his legacy as a Vietnam War POW. In additional to returning to Vietnam for the documentary, Robinson became active in two ... More


The Politics of Border Control in the United States: Policy Failure and Border Pressure

Martin A. Schain

in The Border: Policy and Politics in Europe and the United States

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780199938674
eISBN:
9780190054649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199938674.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter analyzes the shift in border policy in the United States. The shift evolved with what was framed as the surge of undocumented immigration after 1980, and the securitization of what had ... More


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