The presidential election of 2008 is unique in a history of memorable campaigns for the highest office in the U.S. Never before has an African American captured the nomination of a major political party. Never before have the Republicans nominated a woman for vice president. Never before has a woman come so close to capturing the nomination of a major party. And with at once one of the oldest and youngest candidates contending for the office, never before has the campaign been stretched over such a range of voters and issues. Add to that the multiple threats to the U.S. economy and the longest war the country has ever waged and the electoral context is set. This book is the first to describe and assess these monumental developments with original analysis by an all-star cast of contributors. No other book captures both the range and depth of this one in its early look at the meaning of the most significant election in years-one with unprecedented institutional, constitutional, and policy consequences for all of us.
“Some presidential elections are more interesting than others. Fortunately, this book of readings by distinguished political scientists examines the 2008 U.S. presidential election which is among the most significant of recent years. … Chapters on the development of internet campaigning and the role of African American women in the Democratic primary contests are particularly interesting. Recommended.”
"Winning the Presidency 2008 captures a moment in time--a moment that could be one of the most critical of your life. Pick it up before starting that final essay. Hmm. I see you shaking your head. All right, you may not read it this semester but, Ms. PoliSci Major, keep it on your shelf. The details of the elections will soon fade, and you'll want to have this recap and analysis to reflect on."
—From student reviewer Carolyn W. Fanelli on PopMatters.com
Preface Chapter One: "The Bush Presidency the 2008 Election: Context and Imprint" William J. Crotty Chapter Two: "Electing Obama: The 2008 Presidential Campaign" William J. Crotty Chapter Three: "When Democracy Works: The 2008 Presidential Nominations" Stephen J. Wayne Chapter Four: "The Nominating Process: Change, More Change, and Continuity" Howard L. Reiter Chapter Five: "The 'Invisible Primary' Becomes Visible: The Importance of the 2008 Presidential Nominations, Start to the Finish" Arthur C. Paulson Chapter Six: "The Scope of Participation in the 2008 Presidential Race" M. Margaret Conway Chapter Seven: "Clinton and Obama: The Impact of Race and Sex on the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries" Evelyn M. Simien Chapter Eight: "E-Politics and the 2008 Presidential Campaign" Stephen Frantzich Chapter Nine: "Hot and Not-So-Hot Buttons in the 2008 Presidential Election" Robert J. Spitzer Chapter Ten: "A Mandate for Change?" Patricia Conley Chapter Eleven: "A Transforming Election: How Barack Obama Changed American Politics" John Kenneth White References Index About the Author and Contributors