UB political scientists are available to discuss the Republican
National Convention, including last night's speech by vice
presidential candadate Sarah Palin.
Josh Dyck, Ph.D. (pronounced "Dick")
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Vice presidential picks rarely turn out to have an impact on
election outcomes because people vote for the top of the ticket
(see Dan Quayle 1988)," Dyck notes. "That said, the media scrutiny
that Sarah Palin was put under brought into question John McCain's
judgment. Last night, Sarah Palin and the entire Republican party
came out swinging, partially at Barack Obama, but also at their
favorite punching bag -- 'liberal East Coast media.' The strategy
worked like a charm. Palin came off as a strong and confident woman
and, more importantly, she energized the base of the party, which
has been lukewarm to the McCain candidacy."
Franco Mattei, Ph.D. (pronounced "Mah-tay")
Associate Professor of Political Science
"Palin certainly is energizing the GOP to make it 'fired up,
ready to go,' as Obama has been able to do for his own party,"
Mattei says. "It was a very aggressive speech but I'm not sure how
it will work beyond the GOP party -- among independents, swing
voters and disaffected voters."
James E. Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science
Campbell invites members of the media to attend his
undergraduate political science course to hear student views on the
election and how he is using the election as a classroom teaching
tool. Reporters interested in attending a class, should call John
DellaContrada at 716-361-3006.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.