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4 factors the media should consider when predicting presidential success

Edwards speaks to the assembled crowd in the Barnes Auditorium at The Poynter Institute. (Credit: Tom Cowthon)

Edwards speaks to the assembled crowd in the Barnes Auditorium at The Poynter Institute. (Credit: Tom Cowthon)

After Barack Obama’s 2008 election, some politicos surmised that America’s new president began his term with the clout to effect major change.

With a new kind of campaign that harnessed the power of the social Web and rhetoric espousing the twin virtues of hope and change, they said he had an opportunity to rouse the public and persuade Congress to enact legislative reform.

George Edwards, a professor of political science at Texas A & M, disagreed. In fact, as he told a crowd gathered at The Poynter Institute Wednesday night, pundits who predicted that Obama would be successful in rallying the public and generating bipartisan support from Congress were ignoring facts that hamstrung the presidency as soon as it began.

“The president did not transform American politics, and his failure to do so was not because he lacked the eloquence or bargaining skills or the determination to succeed,” Edwards said. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1wD83pF

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