State of the Union

The Party Line
5:35 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

GOP Suffers From Mixed Messages

Michael Bitzer

Following the 2012 presidential defeat, Republicans sought to rebrand their image.  In a 100-page report, entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” a series of recommendations were made, most notably about the messaging that the party sends to the electorate. 

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The Party Line
5:06 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech

Michael Bitzer

The power of the presidency has been described as “the power to persuade,” but how presidents use that persuasion, not just within the government but also with the nation as a whole, can be a determining factor in their successful use of leadership.

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The Party Line
11:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision

Michael Bitzer

If the ‘once-every-four-years’ inaugural addresses are the high and visionary type of speeches that presidents give, then the State of the Union addresses are the means by which presidents fill in that vision with specificity.

This year’s combination of inaugural and State of the Union addresses by President Obama certainly did that in tandem, but didn’t bring anything new to the table beyond items that would rate high in public opinion, but no real chance to becoming formal policy.

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