Election 2008

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Change: Easy to Promise, Hard to Deliver

April 14, 2008 10:15 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Candidates throughout history have promised voters that they will institute change. But do things really change after the election?

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The 2008 campaign season has seen its fair share of the “change message.” 

But The Christian Science Monitor cautions, “political analysts say it’s rare for a president to usher in genuine change. The reasons: Constitutional constraints on the executive, the entrenched political culture on Capitol Hill and the arcane bureaucracy,” reports.

According to historians, some presidents, such as Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, have truly succeeded in ushering in a new era. Will any of this year’s contenders join their ranks?

The candidates, particularly the Democrats, are actively pushing the “change” message. Barack Obama has designed an entire campaign based on the idea of change. Hillary Clinton recently promised to change “the failed policies and wrong-headed priorities of the administration in a speech.”

Even presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, who is running on many of the traditional party values upheld by the current administration, has actively dissociated himself from President Bush's policies on a few occasions.

More than 81 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but some critics wonder if 2009 will really be all that different.

Headline Link: ‘“Change” campaigns: Can they deliver?’

Background: 2008 candidates promise change and voters seem ready for it

Country ‘on the wrong track’

Opinions & Analysis: Will the Dems follow through?

Historical Context: Changes made by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy

Reference: The 2008 election

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