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The Codger versus the Whippersnapper: Prospects for the 2008 Election

The presidential election of 2008 pits Senator John McCain, portrayed by his critics as a grumpy "white-haired dude," against Senator Barack Obama, seen by his critics as "inexperienced, naïve, and arrogant" - McCain the "Codger" versus Obama the "Whippersnapper." What are the real strengths and weaknesses of each candidate? What will be their best strategies and what are the pitfalls most important for them to avoid? In a year that has already held many surprises, how much of the 2008 election will be framed by circumstances outside of the control of either candidate? In this freshman class talk, CMC's Professor Andrew E. Busch will explore these questions and more as he discusses the prospects and historical context for the 2008 election.

Andrew E. Busch is Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College. He has authored or co-authored ten books on American government and politics, including most recently The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America's Founding Document (2007), Reagan's Victory: The 1980 Elections and the Rise of the Right (2005), and Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics (with James W. Ceaser) (2005). He is currently at work with James W. Ceaser and John J. Pitney on a book on the 2008 elections. Professor Busch received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He taught for 12 years at the University of Denver before joining the CMC faculty in 2004.

Everyone at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum looks forward to welcoming members of the class of 2012 on this special occasion. Freshmen are automatically signed up for the dinner. If you are unable attend please email or call ext. 18244 to cancel. The 5:30 p.m. reception at the Flamson Plaza fountain will be followed by a served dinner at 6:00 p.m.