A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American Public / Edition 1

A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American Public / Edition 1

by Gary C. Jacobson
     
 

“ This lucid, richly documented analysis is required reading for students of the George W. Bush presidency and American politics more generally.” – Fred I. Greenstein, Professor of Politics Emeritus, Princeton University, and author of The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to George W.

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“ This lucid, richly documented analysis is required reading for students of the George W. Bush presidency and American politics more generally.” – Fred I. Greenstein, Professor of Politics Emeritus, Princeton University, and author of The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush.

“In this important, accessible, and thoroughly engaging book, Jacobson brilliantly dissects the extraordinary partisan polarization of the Bush era.  He combines a lively narrative with remarkable data analysis—drawing together findings from literally thousands of polls, in more than seventy illuminating figures, many of which knock your socks off. . . The book is a must-read for anyone seriously concerned about the political process in the United States.”

- Paul J. Quirk, Professor and Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation, University of British Columbia 

 

"…Head and shoulders above other books on the presidency of George W. Bush. Jacobson's carefully documented analysis, backed up by extensive reporting and data, demonstrates the purposefulness of the polarizing strategies of the Bush administration, and the reality behind the rhetoric of "I'm a uniter not a divider." Unlike most books about Bush, Jacobson's is neither ideological nor polemical.”

-Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post political reporter and author of Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights,and Taxes on American Politics (with Mary D. Edsall), The New Politics of Inequality, and Red America: The Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power, (forthcoming, Basic Books.)

 

“This is an important book.  Jacobson marshals evidence and analyzes the dynamics of public opinion to explain why George W. Bush is the most polarizing president in the history of systematic polling.   His analysis is incisive and balanced.”

-James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University

 

“A masterful analysis and a major contribution. Applying over a half century of poll data, Jacobson places George W. Bush's presidency and the war in Iraq in broad historical context and derives insights that intrigue and impress.”

-John Mueller, Professor of political science and Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Ohio State University and author of War, Presidents and Public Opinion, Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War, and The Remnants of War.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321416995
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/23/2006
Series:
Great Questions in Politics Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Primed for Partisanship19
Sources of Partisan Polarization21
Partisan Polarization in Congress22
Polarization and Electoral Change25
Is Polarization Confined to Activists?35
Religion and Partisanship41
Economic Inequality and the Ideological Fragmentation of the Mass Media45
Conclusion46
Chapter 3To the White House Via Florida47
"Compasionate Conservatism"48
One of Us50
The Campaigns52
The Vote55
Florida60
Conclusion67
Chapter 4The First Two Years: Before and After 9/1169
The Bush Agenda71
Tactics74
After September 1179
2002 Election87
God's Instrument91
Chapter 5Going to War in Iraq95
The Case for War100
Saddam and 9/11101
The Public's Response105
Bringing Congress on Board110
Popular Support for a Discretionary War113
Chapter 6Illusion, Disillusion, and Faith in the President after "Mission Accomplished"119
Revising the Case for War122
The Iraq Rally127
The Widening Partisan Divide on Iraq131
Belief in the War's Premises138
The President's Credibility148
The Religious Factor151
Multivariate Analyses157
Conclusion160
Chapter 7The 2004 Election: Mobilized Bases, Reinforced Divisions163
The Democratic Nomination165
An Avalanche of Money170
The War in the Campaigns171
Opinion Leadership175
Rational Ignorance?182
Mobilizing Voters186
The Vote189
The Congress197
Aftermath201
Chapter 8President of Half the People203
A Mandate?204
The Campaign to Revamp Social Security206
Why the Campaign Failed210
The Bipartisan Consensus217
Other Issues218
The Terri Schiavo Case219
The Iraq War, Again222
Unwavering Christian Conservatives233
Conclusion236
Chapter 9Conclusions and Speculations239
Does Bush Care?242
Competing Realities245
The News Media249
Hurricane Katrina253
After Bush258
AppendixData Sources and Question Wordings263
Index270

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