Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign by Robert Denton

By Robert Denton

Reviews of id within the 2008 Presidential crusade explores problems with identification politics and the presidential election. Investigating all features of race, gender or ageism, the individuals to this quantity handle the position and serve as of identification politics in political campaigns, and spotlight demanding situations of identification politics in modern political campaigns.

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Andrea Peyser makes the point that when Biden lost his wife and infant daughter in a car accident in 1972, no one suggested that he not take the newly won Senate seat to raise his two surviving sons. Indeed, he was encouraged to take the seat and was sworn in at their bedside in the hospital room. In fact, she notes that John Kennedy and Barack Obama as well as others run for national office and serve “while creating small children without ever being patronized as ‘super dads’ or ‘multi-taskers’” (“A TimeWarped Sexist Assault” 2008).

In fact, with McCain seventy-two and Obama forty-six, we have never had two candidates so far apart in terms of age. Among the three “sins” of racism, sexism and ageism, talking about and joking about age is the least objectionable. Age is also the most acceptable as an issue of consideration. There is no question that age was as major a factor in the election as race or gender. However, it was less talked about and was raised more by implication. Several polls and surveys throughout the primary and general campaign revealed that age was a greater factor of Identity Politics in the 2008 Presidential Campaign 15 consideration in a negative way than race.

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