Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Obama-Romney is the new Kennedy-Nixon

The American political headlights are fixed on the Presidential debates. October 3rd, 16th and 22nd mark the candidates’ final opportunities to influence the mercurial American electorate. Polls give neither candidate significant advantage. It makes sense to look to history as a barometer of the outcome. Only one election comes close to Obama-Romney in terms of precursors, divisions, and implications: 1960’s Kennedy-Nixon election.

Even with a 42-year time difference, the analogies between the elections are uncanny. Both come on the heels of economic downturns featuring long-fought wars as backdrops. The key similarity, though, is the clash of cultures that the candidates from both elections depict. Romney and Nixon are two older liberal-leaning Republicans with shakily wavering stances. Both considered awkward and disingenuous unless calculated, they draw support from a fervent, ideologically-rigid base. On the other hand, the younger Kennedy and Obama appeal to the progressive-minded and minorities, are gifted orators, air toward populism, and are the ‘rock stars’ of their respective campaigns.

Implication-wise, both elections are at historic social junctures in America. 1960 came at the precipice of counterculture becoming mainstream, while 2012 underscores a divisive tension between the rich and poor. 2012’s debates will undoubtedly be the fulcrum of the election. Americans will see Romney, like Nixon, in the wild, and Barack Obama, like Kennedy, taking on a fierce ideological adversary. If history holds true, Obama’s calm, Kennedy-like demeanor should outshine Romney’s shifty, deliberate Nixon-esque approach. Though the times, they continue a’changin’, 2012’s significance emulates that of 1960 effortlessly.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Consider paying a referral fee, when it's allowed inside your state Pay day loans generally, a bad credit mortgage is just not a whole lot of distinctive from a standard mortgage.

Coach Factory said...

hollister, north face outlet, michael kors, montre pas cher, nike air max, beats by dre, rolex watches, soccer shoes, ugg boots, nike free, burberry, hermes, ghd, vans, herve leger, ferragamo shoes, yoga pants, mulberry, reebok outlet, supra shoes, oakley pas cher, lancel, abercrombie and fitch, karen millen, louis vuitton, asics, jimmy choo, new balance shoes, converse shoes, juicy couture outlet, mcm handbags, marc jacobs, hogan, chi flat iron, nfl jerseys, p90x, ralph lauren, birkin bag, valentino, timberland, air max, louis vuitton, lululemon, soccer jerseys, bottega, ray ban pas cher, insanity, celine handbags, wedding dresses, mont blanc

Coach Factory said...

oakley sunglasses cheap, moncler, cheap sunglasses, ray ban, moncler outlet, ralph lauren, oakley sunglasses outlet, canada goose, louboutin, oakley sunglasses outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley vault, moncler, ugg, cheap sunglasses, cheap sunglasses, ugg boots, oakley vault, cheap oakley sunglasses, moncler, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley vault, oakley outlet, oakley sunglasses outlet, cheap sunglasses, oakley sunglasses cheap, tn pas cher, oakley sunglasses outlet, oakley vault, ugg boots, oakley outlet, canada goose, oakley sunglasses cheap, gucci, canada goose, oakley vault, canada goose outlet, canada goose, canada goose outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, oakley outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, oakley, cheap sunglasses, oakley sunglasses outlet, oakley outlet

Coach Factory said...

tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, michael kors outlet, louboutin, air max, coach factory, true religion outlet, michael kors, polo ralph lauren, kate spade outlet, true religion, coach factory outlet, prada handbags, nike shoes, oakley sunglasses, gucci outlet, tory burch outlet, air max, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton, oakley sunglasses, air jordan, nike free, louis vuitton outlet online, oakley sunglasses, coach outlet, louis vuitton handbags, coach outlet store, chanel handbags, michael kors, ralph lauren, true religion jeans, coach purses, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, louboutin, burberry outlet online, ray ban, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, nike free, toms shoes, burberry outlet online, prada outlet, jordan shoes, longchamp

Post a Comment