Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time : Countdown from No. 25 to, 第 1 期

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 254 頁

Americans have a love-hate relationship with negative campaigning, claiming to despise it and ranting about how it turns off the electorate, while at the same time paying an increasing amount of attention to negative ads and tactics during ever-lengthening campaign seasons. Swint gathers the most compelling of these campaigns from the two Golden Ages of negative campaigning--1864 to 1892 and 1988 to the present--in addition to some that fall outside those demarcations, and ranks them in descending order, from No. 25 to No. 1. Mudslingers covers presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and mayoral races and chronicles the dirtiest, most low-down campaign tactics of all time.

The list includes the presidential campaign of 1800, when the disputed outcome of the race between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had to be decided by the House of Representatives, and the election of 2004, in which George W. Bush beat John Kerry after one of the nastiest showdowns on record. The first round of negative campaigning in American history was driven by post-Civil War politics, the end of Reconstruction, an increasingly corrupt federal government, and a rabid partisan press. The current Golden Age of mudslinging and dirty politics is driven by huge increases in campaign spending, television advertising, decreased civility in public life, and a muckraking mass media. These fascinating stories from the annals of negative campaigning will entertain as well as educate, reminding us, the next time we are tempted to decry the current climate, that it was (almost) ever thus.

 

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This is an interesting book to read but is kind of superficial. It ranks the 25 dirtiest campaigns but the criteria for the ranking is hard to determine. Six of the 25 campaigns selected are from the ... 閱讀評論全文

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From Vietnam to Iraq
1
Its a Jungle Out There
11
Senator Pothole versus Putzhead
23
Electronic Mudslinging
31
The Art of War
39
Homo Sapiens Thespians and Extroverts
47
Vote for the Cook Its Important
55
Whos the Boss? Richard Daley and the Chicago Political Machine
63
Richard Nixon versus the United States of America
133
ByeBye Blackbird
143
America Meet Willie Horton
153
Tricky Dick versus the Pink Lady
163
Grantism and Mr Greeley
173
The First Campaign
183
A House Divided
193
Mud Mugwumps and Motherhood
203

Polluting the Garden State
71
God Save the Republic Please
79
Rudy and the Jets
87
A Jersey Street Fight
95
In This Corner Little Lord Fauntleroy
103
Sex Lies and Videotape
113
Claytie versus the Lady
123
The Dirtiest Campaign in American History?
213
George Wallace and the Negro Bloc Vote
223
Epilogue
233
Notes
237
Bibliography
247
Index
251
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Kerwin C. Swint is Associate Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University, a former campaign consultant, and a political commentator for local and national media. He is the author of Political Consultants and Negative Campaigning: The Secrets of the Pros (1998).

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