A Divider Not a Uniter: Outsiders or Insiders

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Updated in a new 2 nd 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Primed for Partisanshipp. 15
Sources of Partisan Polarizationp. 17
Partisan Polarization in Congressp. 17
Polarization and Electoral Changep. 18
Is Polarization Confined to Activists?p. 28
Religion and Partisanshipp. 32
Economic Equality and the Ideological Fragmentation of the News Mediap. 36
Conclusionp. 37
To the White House Through Floridap. 38
˘Compassionate Conservatism÷p. 39
One of Usp. 40
The Campaignsp. 42
The Votep. 44
Floridap. 48
Conclusionp. 54
The First Two Years: Before and After 9/IIp. 55
The Bush Agendap. 56
Tacticsp. 58
After September IIp. 63
The 2002 Electionp. 69
God's Instrumentp. 72
Going to War in Iraqp. 75
The Case for Warp. 79
Saddam and 9/IIp. 80
The Public's Responsep. 82
Bringing Congress on Boardp. 86
Popular Support for a Discretionary Warp. 88
Illusion, Disillusion, and Faith in the President After˘Mission Accomplished÷p. 93
Revising the Case for Warp. 95
The Iraq Rallyp. 98
Belief in the War's Premisesp. 107
The Presidents Credibilityp. 113
The Religious Factorp. 115
Faith in Bushp. 118
Conclusionp. 121
The 2004 Election: Mobilized Bases, Reinforced Divisionsp. 122
The Democratic Nominationp. 123
An Avalanche of Moneyp. 127
The War in the Campaignsp. 128
Opinion Leadershipp. 131
Rational Ignorance?p. 135
Mobilizing Votersp. 138
The Votep. 141
The Congressp. 148
Aftermathp. 150
President of Half the Peoplep. 152
A Mandate?p. 153
The Campaign to Revamp Social Securityp. 154
Why the Campaign Failedp. 157
The Bipartisan Consensusp. 162
Other Issuesp. 163
The Terri Schiavo Casep. 164
Hurricane Katrinap. 165
The Iraq War in 2006p. 168
Going Public Again on the Warp. 174
The Tactical Componentp. 182
The DemocratsĂ Responsep. 186
Intentional Polarizationp. 190
The 2006 Midterm Electionsp. 192
The Votep. 195
A New Way Forwardp. 198
The President's Responsep. 204
The ˘New Way Forward÷p. 207
Faulty Memoriesp. 212
Motivated Reasoning and Partisan Polarizationp. 215
Selective Exposurep. 219
The Final Yearp. 225
The Economic Crisisp. 226
The Bush Legacy in the 2008 Electionsp. 230
Party Imagep. 231
Individual Party Identificationp. 237
Macropartisanshipp. 238
New Votersp. 244
The President, the War, and the 2008 Nominationsp. 251
The General Electionp. 255
The Votep. 257
The Congressional Electionsp. 261
Conclusions and Speculationsp. 266
Competing Realitiesp. 270
The Political Legacyp. 273
Obama's Inheritancep. 279
Appendix Data Sources and Question Wordingsp. 285
Indexp. 290
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