American Politics Seminar: Previewing the 2004 Election

May 2004

I suspect that you will not have to worry about this class being on the schedule again; but in reality it's not like we really did any previewing. Erikson might just be the country's leading scholar on voting in America (he came up with the "sophomore surge" idea), but he doesn't show it. This class quickly became: review the previous week in politics, which was fun, and then was half an hour talking about reading that no one did, or just doing something completely random. This class could have been fantastic--we could have each taken a battleground state, and predicted how we felt the election might go there, or we could have tackled something as a class, but we ended up doing random, shitty research project. I'm not so happy.