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Election08 Road-Trip

Today, I will be starting my election08 adventure. From August 18 to November 7, I will travel to the US to investigate my MA thesis case study: this year’s election. I started writing my MA thesis in May. The topic is “American Youth, Political Parties, & the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.” Up until now, I have done the theoretical work focusing on the concepts of political participation as well as democratic and generational theory. From now on, I will be on the road… So check back for reports.

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Energy Policy Debate: “To drill or not to drill?”

Since the gas price has risen above $4 a gallon in the US earlier this year, oil specifically and energy more generally has been on top of the campaign agenda. The actual substance or rather non-substance of the energy policy debate can make you wonder though. Republican Representative Michael Burgess, for example, even referred to the Paris Hilton Energy Plan on the floor of the House of Representatives saying: “Let’s have the vote. Even Paris Hilton has a plan.

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Revisiting the 3 AM Phone Call: The Caucasus Conflict, the US, & Russia

 www.russiablog.orgSince the eruption of fighting and violence in South Ossetia, the conflict between Russia and Georgia has been discussed widely, not just in terms of its consequences for the Caucasus region, but also in terms of its impact on the US presidential election. Republican John McCain is widely believed to have an edge over Democrat Barack Obama, when it comes to foreign policy and national security. After all, he is a Vietnam veteran and “war hero,” right?

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Kampf mit harten Bandagen: Warum der US Wahlkampf negativer wird

Der US Wahlkampf ist rauer geworden. Der Republikaner John McCain hat den Demokraten Barack Obama nach dessen Rückkehr aus Europa hart angegriffen. Mit einer Reihe so genannter “attack ads” (negative Werbespots) griff McCain die Popularität seines Gegners an, indem er sie als negative Eigenschaft definierte. So versucht er der Obama Kampagne den Enthusiasmus zu nehmen und seinen Gegner als elitären Popstar zu charakterisieren.

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Democrats vs. Republicans: Debate in Leipzig

The upcoming November presidential election is already casting big shadows.  Even in Leipzig there will be a debate between Democrats Abroad Germany and Republicans Abroad Germany. 

The event will take place on Monday, September 1st 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in the Kuppelsaal of the Leipziger Volkszeitung on the top floor of the Verlagshaus. Petersteinweg 19, 04107 . It will be hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce.

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Campaign Goes Second Life

Politics goes Second Life? Well, my first reaction was pure and pragmatic skepticism. After all, I was wondering who has the time to have a second life? But my research interest in online campaigning triggered my curiousity.  So I checked it out:

 

In his article “The Politics of Second Life,” the Harvard Crimson editorial editor Clay A. Dumas described Second Life as:

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"Nauseating Tradition": U.S. Election Campaigns and Racism

The op-ed article ”Running While Black” by Bob Herbert of the New York Times comments the role of race in election campaigns.

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Real Patriotism: Flag vs. Ballot

Patriotism is American. It is a central factor in the presidential election campaign. McCain and the Republicans hammer on Obama for not being patriotic enough. They seek to paint him  as an unpatriotic popstar-like politician, who does not care about the troops, but only about being elected. Obama tries to counter that image by wearing flag pins  and standing in front of several American flags when he speaks (e.g. Race speech in Philadelphia).

 

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Barack Obama and American Studies Leipzig in Berlin

After much preparation and debate, the day had finally come. In advance, German politicians as well as the German media have focused much of their attention on the visit of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, debating the potential location, the nature, and the impact of the visit and the speech. Prof. Rundquist’s “Presidential Elections” seminar group, of which I am a member, also prepared for the Obama visit, planning a class trip to Berlin to attend the much anticipated speech.

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