No Tea For GOP
Gary Gerstle’s essay, “Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” has attracted international media attention, including the Washington Post and Financial Times. Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, examines Bush-style conservatism and how it might have offered minorities “reason to rethink their traditional hostility to the GOP.” Media experts say that ultimately, Bush’s policies conflicted with those of other Republicans and may have contributed to the deteriorating relationship between the GOP and the Tea Party. Gerstle’s essay was published in the book The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment.
The Signs are There
Political lawn signs, that is. Love them or hate them—Associate Professors of Political Science Cindy Kam and Elizabeth Zechmeister have proof that they work. In recent studies, they found that name recognition—such as that which lawn signs can produce—gives candidates an advantage in political races in which voters know little about any of the contenders. And consider this: races in which little information is known about the candidates are the rule, not the exception, in American politics, Kam says.