Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs 4.4, Winter 2001

Contents

Articles

    Harold, Christine L.
  • The Green Virus: Purity and Contamination in Ralph Nader's 2000 Presidential Campaign
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nader, Ralph.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2000.
    • Greens/Green Party USA.
    Abstract:
      This essay explores how the rhetorical binary of purity and contamination undermined Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign. Instead of insisting on an unadulterated space from which to launch their attacks on a corrupt system, the Greens might have had more success by embracing their role as an infecting agent--a kind of green virus--actively forcing a reconfiguration of American politics.
    Prosise, Theodore O.
    Smith, Craig R.
  • The Supreme Court's Ruling in Bush v. Gore: A Rhetoric of Inconsistency
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Gore, Albert, 1948- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Contested elections -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This critique of the Supreme Court ruling in Bush v. Gore establishes judicial and political contexts to ground a critical reading of the text. It finds that a majority on the Court, and some dissenters, violated their previously established realms of legitimate linguistic possibilities to make their arguments. The majority's rhetorical inconsistencies with their past rulings, particularly those immediately preceding Bush v. Gore, prevented consensus and attempted to rationalize a politically charged decision. This study explains how the Court's credibility was damaged.
    DeLuca, Kevin M.
  • Trains in the Wilderness: The Corporate Roots of Environmentalism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Environmentalism -- Economic aspects.
    • Environmentalists.
    • Environmentalism -- Political aspects.
    Abstract:
      Environmentalism has been sustained by a mythic discourse about heroic individuals discovering and saving pristine wilderness. Although a successful rhetorical strategy, this mythic discourse erases a complicated history and has significant political costs. Some contemporary wilderness activists are enacting a new wilderness vision that integrates wilderness and social concerns in a way that opens environmentalism to unexpected yet promising alliances with justice activists, unions, and corporations.
    Dauber, Cori Elizabeth.
  • The Shot Seen 'Round the World: The Impact of the Images of Mogadishu on American Military Operations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Images, Photographic -- Political aspects.
    • United States -- Armed Forces -- Operations other than war.
    • Mass media and public opinion -- Political aspects.
    Abstract:
      This essay argues that visual images of American casualties and POWs have had a profound effect on senior leadership's perceptions of what level of casualties the American public will and will not support during humanitarian interventions. The result is the current policy of "zero casualties," a policy that makes it virtually impossible to justify military operations in humanitarian crises because the policy is based on a profound misreading of the way the American public will interpret photojournalistic images. An argument- and rhetoric-based analytic provides a more viable and pragmatic basis for interpretation and hence for foreign policy decision making.
    Zagacki, Kenneth S.
  • Pope John Paul II and the Crusade Against Communism: A Case Study in Secular and Sacred Time
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    Subject Headings:
    • Communism and religion -- Poland.
    • Communism and religion -- Cuba.
    • John Paul II, Pope, 1920- -- Political activity.
    Abstract:
      In order to cope with the Cold War situation in both Poland and Cuba, Pope John Paul II contrasted the secular sphere of communism with the permanent Christian tradition and its transcendent mysteries. By interpreting history and current events in sacred terms, the pope tried to preserve national identities, empower groups, and ground political change in an overarching Christian order.

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Book Reviews

Review Essay

    Parry-Giles, Trevor, 1963-
    Parry-Giles, Shawn J., 1960-
  • Embracing the Mess: Reflections on Campaign 2000
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hart, Roderick P. Campaign talk: why elections are good for us.
    • Plissner, Martin. Control room: how television calls the shots in presidential elections.
    • Lavrakas, Paul J. Election polls, the news media, and democracy.
    • Traugott, Michael W.
    • Jamieson, Kathleen Hall. Everything you think you know about politics-- and why you're wrong.
    • Janeway, Michael, 1940- Republic of denial: press, politics and public life.
    • Political oratory -- United States.
    • Television in politics -- United States.

Reviews

    Kendall, Kathleen E., 1937-
  • Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hart, Roderick P. Campaign talk: why elections are good for us.
    • Political oratory -- United States.
    Renka, Russell D.
  • The American Campaign: U.S. Presidential Campaigns and the Vote (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Campbell, James E., 1952- American campaign: U.S. presidential campaigns and the vote.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Election.
    Bruce, John M., 1963-
  • The Voter's Guide to Election Polls (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Traugott, Michael W. Voter's guide to election polls.
    • Lavrakas, Paul J.
    • Public opinion -- United States.
    Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs.
  • Presidential Documents: The Speeches, Proclamations, and Policies That Have Shaped the Nation from Washington to Clinton (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Watts, J. F. (Jim F.), 1935-, ed. Presidential documents: the speeches, proclamations, and policies that have shaped the nation from Washington to Clinton.
    • Israel, Fred L., ed.
    • Presidents -- United States -- History -- Sources.
    Genovese, Michael A.
  • George Washington and the Origins of the American Presidency (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rozell, Mark J., ed. George Washington and the origins of the American presidency.
    • Pederson, William D., 1946-, ed.
    • Williams, Frank J., ed.
    • Presidents -- United States -- History.
    Bessette, Joseph M.
  • The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McJimsey, George T. Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
    Ferrell, Robert H.
  • Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dallek, Robert. Flawed giant: Lyndon Johnson and his times, 1961-1973.
    • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
    Andrews, James Robertson, 1936-
  • American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kaiser, David E., 1947- American tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the origins of the Vietnam War.
    • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States.
    Avella, Jay.
  • Report to JFK: The Skybolt Crisis in Perspective (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Neustadt, Richard E. Report to JFK: the Skybolt crisis in perspective.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- Case studies.
    Weatherford, M. Stephen.
  • POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words that Defined the Clinton Presidency (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Waldman, Michael, 1960- POTUS speaks: finding the words that defined the Clinton presidency.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- Oratory.
    Simons, Herbert W., 1935-
  • The Clinton Scandal and the Future of American Government (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rozell, Mark J., ed. Clinton scandal and the future of American government.
    • Wilcox, Clyde, 1953-, ed.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
    Waterman, Richard W.
  • Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Walton, Hanes, 1941- Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a native-son presidential candidate.
    • Elections -- Arkansas.
    Borrelli, MaryAnne.
  • The Presidents' Wives, Reassessing the Office of the First Lady (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Watson, Robert P., 1962- Presidents' wives, reassessing the office of the first lady.
    • Presidents' spouses -- United States -- History.
    Ray, Angela G.
  • The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Keyssar, Alexander. Right to vote: the contested history of democracy in the United States.
    • Suffrage -- United States -- History.
    Whittington, Keith E.
  • The Power of the American Presidency, 1789-2000
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    Subject Headings:
    • Genovese, Michael A. Power of the American presidency, 1789-2000.
    • Executive power -- United States -- History.
    Walcott, Charles Eliot, 1943-
  • Presidential Power: Forging the Presidency for the Twenty-First Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shapiro, Robert Y., 1953-, ed. Presidential power: forging the presidency for the twenty-first century.
    • Kumar, Martha Joynt, ed.
    • Jacobs, Lawrence R., ed.
    • Presidents -- United States.



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