Centrist Rhetoric: The Production of Political Transcendence in the Clinton Presidency

Centrist Rhetoric: The Production of Political Transcendence in the Clinton Presidency

by Antonio de Velasco


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739139813
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Series: Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Antonio de Velasco is associate professor of rhetoric in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. New Democrat Strategy: Crafting a Vital Center for the 1992 Presidential Campaign Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Centrist Rhetoric, Whiteness, and the Ambiguities of the "Sister Souljah Moment" Chapter 4 Chapter 3. "The Audience for This Is Huge": Oklahoma City and the Wages of Transcendence Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Pliability of Community: Rhetorical Idealism and Transcending the "era of big government" Chapter 6 Conclusion

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Robert Terrill

The meteoric and unlikely rise of William Jefferson Clinton is one of the great stories of American politics, and one with continuing resonance as the dominant political parties reshape themselves into the 21st century. Clinton's was a landmark rhetorical presidency, and Antonio de Velasco has identified its fundamental metaphor: the 'center.' This was the inventional resource upon which Clinton relied as he crafted the public address that propelled him into the presidency, that consolidated and defended his leadership, and that now sustains his legacy. The contours of this rhetorical topos is revealed through case studies and close analysis, building our understanding of its peculiar genealogy and perennial appeal. 'The center' emerges as a double-edged figure that cloaks political maneuver even as it extends the promise of democratic transcendence. Centrist Rhetoric is well-written, thoroughly researched, and forcefully argued. But more importantly, de Velasco's work provides an exemplar of the unique contribution that a thoroughly rhetorical perspective brings to the study of public culture.

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