Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, 12/8/2010 Homework Questions

Use pp. 377-379 in your book to answer the following on loose leaf:
  1. When does a president's success in Congress typically begin to decline?
  2. What reasons could be behind this?
  3. What did Jimmy Carter (photo, to the right) have to say about interest groups? What did he mean?
  4. How do interest groups affect a president's decision-making process?
  5. Why might a candidate/president be "intentionally vague" about some issues? How might overuse of this tactic affect public opinion?
  6. What is a "mandate"? Why would a newly elected candidate want to claim one?
  7. What typically allows a candidate to claim that he has a mandate?

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