Election Forums Wrap Up – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Election Forums Wrap Up

A post-election analysis of the 2008 presidential race at Irene’s Coffee House on Nov. 20 wrapped up a series of five forums about the historic election sponsored by the Colleges’ Americans for an Informed Democracy club. Last week’s analysis featured Associate Professor DeWayne Lucas and Professor Iva Deutchman.

According to the Finger Lakes Times, which covered the event, “While Deutchman focused on several reasons for Republican candidate John McCain’s loss, Lucas noted that despite the low approval ratings for President George W. Bush and the Republican Party in general, the election was still a ‘relatively close race.'”

The article goes on to say that “Both professors anticipate rough preliminary months for president-elect Obama.” It concludes by noting “Lucas encouraged an active role in politics, noting that whether you voted for Obama or not, ‘you have to participate in order to see that change.'”

A member of the faculty since 2000, Lucas teaches courses on Introduction to American Politics, Elections and Voting, Political Parties in the United States, and The American Congress. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from State University at Binghamton.

Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. She has a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which is “Fundamentalist Christians, Raunch Culture and Post-industrial Capitalism,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Summer 2008.

The complete article follows.


Finger Lakes Times
HWS hosts final election forum
Professor says GOP is still very much alive
Rachel Crofut •November 23, 2008

GENEVA – An intimate crowd gathered Thursday night at Irene’s Coffee House to hear a post-election analysis from Hobart and William Smith Colleges political science professor Iva Deutchman and associate professor DeWayne Lucas.

The forum was the fifth and final talk on the 2008 presidential election sponsored by the Colleges’ Americans for Informed Democracy club.

While Deutchman focused on several reasons for Republican candidate John McCain’s loss, Lucas noted that despite the low approval ratings for President George W. Bush and the Republican Party in general, the election was still a “relatively close race.”

“The Democratic Party should have done a lot better,” Lucas said.

He added that many are under the mistaken impression that “the Republican Party is dead,” citing similar quotes about the Democratic Party in the late 1990s.
Both professors anticipate rough preliminary months for president-elect Obama.

“There is so much expectation about him,” Deutchman said.

Lucas noted that Obama faces “challenges of being this great orator and now having to make decisions based on that oration.”

National health insurance, they said, may be Obama’s first major legislation push.
What may have hurt the Republicans, Deutchman noted, was that while Obama offered change to the American people, McCain “never articulated a detailed agenda.”

Locally, Obama only beat out McCain in Seneca County, with a slim margin of 6,903 to 6,556.

McCain dominated Wayne County with a showing of 21,083 to Obama’s 16,831.

Ontario and Yates Counties both went to McCain, though barely. Ontario votes for the Republican candidate were 23,545 to 23,324. He took Yates 4,784 to 4,390.
Lucas encouraged an active role in politics, noting that whether you voted for Obama or not, “you have to participate in order to see that change.”