Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections by Dan Balz

By Dan Balz

From the bestselling writer of The conflict for the US 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an inside of view and research of the Obama-Romney presidential race

Four years in the past, a vibrant younger presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a subject matter of wish and alter, and made background. at the present time, he reveals himself in one other sour, divisive presidential race yet with no the buzzwords. in its place, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the debatable healthcare invoice, a decade-long battle, and a stagnant economy.

Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former company multi-millionaire and previous governor of Massachusetts, faces his personal controversies within the kind of imprecise regulations, fluctuating positions, and questions on his enterprise practices within the deepest quarter. Romney's own fortune and enterprise historical past appeared at odds with the Republican base till he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea social gathering darling and monetary conservative Paul Ryan as his operating mate.

Using resources deep inside of either campaigns and at the crusade path via basic and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a willing political brain and a professional reporter's ear. He strains the highs and lows of the Obama presidency in addition to the ruthless Republican fundamental as either laid the basis for essentially the most the most important, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 places the race for the White condo in context and explores simply what the election capability for the way forward for the democratic approach and the USA.

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Madagascar is the fourth largest island on earth. Its population in 1994, when I first arrived, was 12 million. Today, it has nearly doubled to 20 million. It is located roughly 500 kilometers from the continent of Africa, just across the Mozambique Channel from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is over 10,000 kilometers from the southeast Asian island of Borneo, and yet its earliest inhabitants are as likely to have hailed from there as they did the African mainland. Evidence of this is found in the Malagasy language, which shares the same language family as other Austronesian languages in southeast Asia.

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They thwart this authority and the otherwise tidy and ordered social imaginary put forth by kabary speakers in the frames of their cartoon worlds. These modes of linguistic praxis, then, as historically and culturally contingent, serve as new forms of political representations to express ideas and to index emerging social formations shaping the state and civil society, and therefore, what democracy looks like. This ethnography explores and clarifies three important issues that consider the productive role of political oratory and cartooning in political process.

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