Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate

Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate

by Hanes Walton, Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231115520

ISBN-13: 9780231115520

Pub. Date: 02/03/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, only three Democrats have captured the White House--all of them natives of southern states. The ascendancy and reelection of Bill Clinton to the presidency is a prime example of this phenomenon, and although books have been published on the "native son" psychological variable in electoral contests, no work to date

Overview

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, only three Democrats have captured the White House--all of them natives of southern states. The ascendancy and reelection of Bill Clinton to the presidency is a prime example of this phenomenon, and although books have been published on the "native son" psychological variable in electoral contests, no work to date has investigated this aspect of Clinton's political career.

Covering all of Clinton's twenty-one elections to state and national offices, Hanes Walton Jr. explores one of the political success stories of our century, showing how Clinton's popularity in his southern home has had a profound influence on his national electoral dominance. Walton combines the native-son theory with the issue of race to describe how the Democrats have built a vital power base in the South, in large measure because of their popularity among African-American voters.

With an epilogue on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and its effect on the Democratic Party, Reelection is a major contribution to the literature on the psychology of national elections at a time when its insight into the possibility of Democratic leadership into the next century is most critical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115520
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/03/2000
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
352
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Notes on a Native Son: A Forewordix
Introductionxix
Presidential Politics and the Native-Son Contextual Variable: A Prologuexxv
Prefacexxxi
1.Elections1
Part 1Epistemology and the Native-Son Candidate23
2.Theory27
3.Methodology49
Part 2The Political Context of a Native-Son Candidate59
4.The Arkansas Electorate67
5.The African American Electorate89
Part 3The Making of a Native-Son Candidate117
6.The Congressional Vote for Clinton119
7.The Attorney General Vote for Clinton133
8.The Gubernatorial Vote for Clinton145
Part 4The Southern Native-Son Presidential Candidate165
9.The Presidential Vote for Clinton169
10.The Regional Vote: Clinton and Carter187
Part 5The Native-Son Candidate and the Democratic Party209
11.The Democratic Party in Presidential Elections: The Native-Son Theory Revisited215
12.Epilogue: Scandal, Public Support, and the Native-Son Variable237
AppendixThe Election Data: A Research Note253
Notes261
Bibliography283
Index295

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