Divider, A, Not a Uniter / Edition 2

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Updated in a new 2nd edition, this book relies on hard data to analyze the reasons why the public has always been - and even today continues to be - divided along party lines about George W. Bush. As part of the "Great Questions in Political Science" series it is written by one of the most respected scholars and writers in political science.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Primed for Partisanship

Sources of Partisan Polarization

Partisan Polarization in Congress

Polarization and Electoral Change

Is Polarization Confined to Activists?

Religion and Partisanship

Economic Inequality and the Ideological Fragmentation of the Mass Media


Chapter 3 To the White House Through Florida

One of Us

The Campaigns

The Vote



Chapter 4 The First Two Years: Before and After 9/11

The Bush Agenda


After September 11

The 2002 Election

God’s Instrument

Chapter 5 Going to War in Iraq

The Case for War

Saddam and 9/11

The Public’s Response

Bringing Congress on Board

Popular Support for a Discretionary War

Chapter 6 Illusion, Disillusion, and Faith in the President after “Mission Accomplished”

Revising the Case for War

The Iraq Rally

Belief in the War’s Premises

The President’s Credibility

The Religious Factor

Faith in Bush


Chapter 7 The 2004 Elections: Mobilized Bases, Reinforced Divisions

The Democratic Nomination

An Avalanche of Money

The War in the Campaigns

Opinion Leadership

Rational Ignorance?

Mobilizing Voters

The Vote

The Congress


Chapter 8 President of Half the People

A Mandate?

The Campaign to Revamp Social Security

Why the Campaign Failed

The Bipartisan Consensus

Other Issues

The Terri Schaivo Case

Hurricane Katrina

The Iraq War in 2006

Going Public Again on the War

The Tactical Component

Unwavering Christian Conservatives

The Democrats’ Response

Intentional Polarization

The 2006 Midterm Elections

The Vote

Chapter 9 A New Way Forward

The President’s Response

The “New Way Forward”

Faulty Memories

Motivated Reasoning and Partisan Polarization

Selective Exposure

The Final Year

The Economic Crisis

Chapter 10 The Bush Legacy in the 2008 Elections

Party Image

Individual Party Identification


New Voters

The President, the War and the 2008 Nominations

The General Election

The Vote

The Congressional Elections

Chapter 11 Conclusions and Speculations

Competing Realities

The Political Legacy

Obama’s Inheritance

Appendix: Data Sources and Question Wordings

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