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  • Shock, awe and lies on the campaign trail

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 14, 2008 | 4:40 pm

    Can open lying be a good campaign strategy? That's the question that political junkies are weighing this week.

    Politics is not science. Political statements are not "peer reviewed" for accuracy. That being said, I've never seen a campaign engage in such open, easily countered... read on
  • The Palin nomination: What does it mean?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 9, 2008 | 6:01 pm

    My blog won't be as frequent this fall, since I'm in Paris on a Fulbright. So with time zones and stuff, I'm off kilter. But I'm still following things like crazy!

    Obviously, the big news is the Sarah Palin nomination. I think it's very revealing, and let me tell you why. I think... read on
  • From the people who brought you the Iraq war comes . . . The ALL NEW Cold War

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 15, 2008 | 9:09 pm

    Wait a minute: I thought the greatest threat to the American way of life was Saddam Hussein?  OK, he’s dead. 

    Then the greatest threat must be leaving Iraq.  But now President Bush seems ready to adopt Barack Obama’s withdrawal timetable.  Hold it, it’s Iran.  We have to be ready... read on

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  • I’m still thinking about the race card

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 31, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    Well, about as predictably as the sun rises in the morning, Part II of the McCain camp's race card strategy kicked in this morning.

    In response to their latest ad, Obama made an oblique statement about how McCain wants people to be afraid of Obama because he's not like those other... read on
  • Race is on my mind

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 30, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    I've got race on my mind today. Here we have the possibility of the first African-American president in history, and it's only a matter of time before the racial attacks kick in.

    The McCain campaign is struggling on the issues, and it's only going to get worse as the public gets... read on
  • Obama world tour strikes gold

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 24, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Be careful what you wish for.  John McCain practically dared Barack Obama to go to Iraq, and he did, with a vengeance.  He has been on a world tour, going to three key areas Iraq and Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting; to Europe, location of America’s principal allies; and... read on

  • The L.A. Times ‘frames’ the Presidential race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 14, 2008 | 5:45 pm

    This Sunday, the Los Angeles Times ran an article on the 2008 campaign that I feel bound to comment upon.  It was in the right hand column, front page, prime location.  It was a perfect example of something called framing.  The title: "Obama, McCain agree on many once-divisive... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Raphael J. Sonenshein (born 1949 in Nutley, New Jersey) was a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. He is also served as chairman of the...

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