Fowler discusses bullying campaign strategies

via Politico

In the recent weeks of campaigning, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have resorted to immature and bullying tactics as they race to the polls in November.

Government professor Linda Fowler said she believes Obama and Romney are taking cues from their childhoods.

“It really does look like the playground at junior high doesn’t it?” Fowler said in an interview with The Boston Globe. Continue reading

Daily Beast spotlights Perry’s Beta talk

 

 

The Daily Beast ques­tioned Rick Perry’s choice of post-de­bate venue on Tues­day — the can­di­date spoke at Beta after ver­bal spar­ring at the Hop — and de­scribed Beta’s his­tory of haz­ing and racist com­men­tary in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished last night. Perry’s de­ci­sion to speak at a frat with a con­ser­v­a­tive South­ern rep­u­ta­tion isn’t sur­pris­ing, ar­ti­cle au­thor Andy Ross con­cludes, but Beta’s re­cent re­turn to cam­pus after a ban for ques­tion­able in­sti­tu­tional be­hav­ior does make it a risky choice as a venue for build­ing broad po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

Perry’s son offered insight at SAE

Dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate frenzy, the cam­paign of Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas — one of the front-run­ners for the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion’s re­pub­li­can ticket — de­cided to do a lit­tle frat hop­ping to pro­mote the gov­er­nor. While he didn’t com­plete a cir­cuit dur­ing his stay at Dart­mouth, Perry’s 28-year-old son Grif­fin did make a pit stop at Sigma Alpha Ep­silon fra­ter­nity on Tues­day af­ter­noon at a ca­sual mixer to dis­cuss pol­i­tics and his fa­ther’s cam­paign.

“It’s al­ways nice to see girls at a frat house dur­ing the day,” Grif­fin quipped dur­ing his in­tro­duc­tion.

The Texan gov­er­nor’s son de­liv­ered a brief pre­sen­ta­tion very catered to his col­lege au­di­ence, prais­ing the stu­dents in at­ten­dance for their in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal process.

“That means you’re think­ing about your fu­ture,” he said.

Re­gard­ing his fa­ther’s cam­paign plat­form, Grif­fin Perry said his fa­ther is not a be­liever in gov­ern­ment-cre­ated jobs, but that en­tre­pre­neurs can help cre­ate jobs as a so­lu­tion to the na­tional issue of un­em­ploy­ment. He added, how­ever, he could not “go into the full de­tail today.”

In re­sponse to a stu­dent’s ques­tion about the spe­cific is­sues with which Perry’s com­pe­ti­tion must con­tend dur­ing the de­bate, Grif­fin Perry sug­gested that for­mer Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, R-Mass., ap­peals to a lim­ited scope of Re­pub­li­cans and must prove him­self dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate.

“Can Mitt Rom­ney reach out to more vot­ers?” Grif­fin Perry asked.

He also com­mented on the topic of Tues­day’s de­bate, which solely fo­cused on eco­nomic is­sues.

“It might be a lit­tle bor­ing un­less you love eco­nom­ics,” Perry cau­tioned three mem­bers of Alpha Xi Delta soror­ity. One as­sured him that she was an eco­nom­ics major, how­ever, and she was ex­cited for the de­bate.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sion, Grif­fin — who said his fa­ther had been prac­tic­ing a great deal for Tues­day’s de­bate — made ref­er­ence to the gov­er­nor’s record as his “strongest at­tribute” in com­par­i­son to the other can­di­dates.

An­other stu­dent asked Grif­fin to com­ment on the Oc­cupy Wall Street protests in New York, about which Grif­fin ad­mit­ted he did not know a lot of de­tails.

“I don’t nec­es­sar­ily know what their point is,” he said. “You’ve got to know what you stand for.”

On the topic of the de­bate it­self, Grif­fin said he would be look­ing for­ward to see­ing all eight can­di­dates speak in a for­mal set­ting.

“Every­body’s going to be more pol­ished,” Grif­fin Perry said. “Not just Dad, but the other can­di­dates.”

The younger Perry pre­dicted — pretty ac­cu­rately — that for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich, R-Ga., for­mer Gov. Jon Hunts­man, R-Utah, and for­mer Sen. Rick San­to­rum, R-Penn., wouldn’t be speak­ing much at the de­bate, which he said would cen­ter more on his fa­ther and Rom­ney. As any loyal son might, Grif­fin con­cluded with some well wishes for his fa­ther.

“I hope Dad does very well,” Grif­fin said.

Tuck pro­fes­sor Gre­gory Slay­ton ’81 — who said he has known Rick Perry for a “long time” — was in­stru­men­tal in or­ga­niz­ing Perry’s two Greek events, Slay­ton said in an in­ter­view with Dart­beat.

Perry’s de­ci­sion to reach out to stu­dents dur­ing his stay at Dart­mouth was un­matched by any of the other can­di­dates, Slay­ton said, who added that Rom­ney had planned an event at one point that had been can­celled.

At 10 p.m. after the de­bate, the Texas gov­er­nor him­self made an ap­pear­ance along with his cam­paign staff and fam­ily at Beta Alpha Omega fra­ter­nity for a larger gath­er­ing, Slay­ton said.

The Grif­fin Perry event at SAE was co-hosted by AZD. The post-de­bate event at Beta was co-hosted by Kappa Kappa Gamma soror­ity and SAE.

Ron Paul raises brows at debate

 

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The New York Times

We’re not sure what shocked him, but can­di­date Ron Paul was spot­ted with his brows un­usu­ally askew dur­ing Tues­day’s de­bate. As The New York Times noted, a false brow, per­haps in­cor­rectly glued, seemed so slip a bit on the can­di­date’s face as the de­bate wore on. Moral of the story: Learn from Mr. Paul and check that your brows are se­curely at­tached be­fore leav­ing for class.

Photo Essay: 2011 GOP debate

 

 

Eight Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls gath­ered around Char­lie Rose’s round­table in Spauld­ing Au­di­to­rium for the ninth GOP de­bate of the 2012 elec­toral sea­son on Tues­day evening.

 

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Photo Essay: Around campus on debate day

The Oct. 11 Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate took over cam­pus, with stu­dents, pro­fes­sors and com­mu­nity mem­bers carous­ing with can­di­dates, politi­cos and jour­nal­ists. From protests on the Green to can­di­date-fre­quented watch par­ties, The Dart­mouth was there to doc­u­ment.

 

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