ISBN-10:
0321416996
ISBN-13:
9780321416995
Pub. Date:
03/23/2006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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

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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)

About the Author

Gary Jacobson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California at San Diego. His 1980 book, Money in Congressional Elections, won multiple awards. Since its publication, Jacobson has published numerous books and papers about American politics, Congress, campaign financing, and partisan polarization. He has served on many advisory boards, including the NSF Political Science Advisory Panel. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

Table of Contents

Prefaceviii
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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