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Dr. Ronald Walters and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
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June 6, 2008
What happens now? That's the question campaign watchers, Democratic Party operatives and voters are asking. The Annenberg School's Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Dr. Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Institute and Scholar Practitioner Program at the University of Maryland, contemplate what's next for Obama, Clinton and the rest of the election cycle.

When he appeared on the JOURNAL on December 14, 2007, Dr. Ronald Walters said this about Senator Obama's chances of becoming president of the United States:

Mathematically and analytically there's the chance, yes, that he could win. When you look at the history of this country and the history of racism and race in particular there is a huge, huge doubt that he will eventually become president of the United States.
Dr. Walters was quoted in THE WASHINGTON POST on June 5, 2008 about the furor over Obama's former minister Jeremiah Wright:
It is probably a good thing for [Obama] not to have a home church because they have found a way to use statements that come from the black perspective to paint him as an African American candidate. Barack Obama is running for president in a country where 70 percent of the people are white, and they demand that he align himself to their dominant view.
This week he gives the JOURNAL his view on race's role in the rest of the campaign's long run.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson has been aiding the JOURNAL in making sense of the volatile election season. She's analyzed gender and politics, life after the early primaries, and how the Internet has changed the campaign and politics itself.

She's now turning her attention to how the rest of the campaign will be run. Quoted in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, on June 5, 2008, Jamieson said that the 10 town hall meetings suggested by Senator McCain might keep the public's interest engaged:

The current structure [of campaigning] rewards candidates for being able to synthesize and digest. It doesn't reward candidates for speaking about complex issues in a nuanced fashion. The sessions could prove to be revolutionary innovations in campaigning.

Jamieson has long been interested in making sure Americans get beneath the veneer of politics and campaigns. Jamieson last provided users and viewers with debate-watching tips:

I recommend not watching before the debate and after the debate. I recommend that after the debate you turn the debate off and you talk with your family about what you saw and what was important to you. And you think about what you saw.
Check out her advice to political consumers from EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT POLITICS...AND WHY YOU'RE WRONG. True or false? "Attack benefits the sponsor and hurts the person attacked." Take the quiz.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is the author, co author or editor of fifteen books including: UNSPUN: FINDING FACTS IN A WORLD OF DISINFORMATION, THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF PARTY POLITICS, THE PRESS EFFECT and EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT POLITICS...AND WHY YOU'RE WRONG. During the 2004 general election, Jamieson regularly appeared on NOW WITH BILL MOYERS and THE NEWSHOUR.

Dr. Ronald Walters
Dr. Ronald Walters is internationally known for his expertise on the issues of African American leadership and politics, his writing and his media savvy. Walters carries three major titles. He is director of the African American Leadership Institute and Scholar Practitioner Program, Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and professor in government and politics at the University of Maryland.

In 1984, Walters served as deputy campaign manager for issues of the Jesse Jackson campaign for president, and in 1988, he was consultant for convention issues for the Jackson campaign directed by former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. He serves as a senior policy consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Walters is the author of over 100 articles and eight books including: BLACK PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS IN AMERICA, PAN AFRICANISM IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, WHITE NATIONALISM, BLACK INTERESTS: CONSERVATIVE PUBLIC POLICY AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY and FREEDOM IS NOT ENOUGH: BLACK VOTERS, BLACK CANDIDATES, AND AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS.

Guest photos by Robin Holland

Published on June 6, 2008.

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Ron Walters and Race in the Presidential Race

African American Leadership Center
Dr. Walters is the director of the the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, established in 1981 at the University Maryland. The Center's mission is "to foster leadership excellence through scholarship and education, with special attention to advancing the leadership of groups historically underrepresented in public life."

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Pew Center for Research: Social Trends: Blacks Assess the State of Black America
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Web site for the documentary presented on POV on PBS. The site includes an extensive look at Chisholm's historic bid for the presidency and many primary sources.

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FactCheck.org
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The Fact-Checker
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Politifact and Truth-0-Meter
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