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Jacinto 1 Edwin R. Jacinto-Bringuez Jr. Professor James | TA Baylor Poli Sci 140B 5 June 2009 A Look Into the Next Administration In the Politics Presidents Make , Stephen Skrownek sets out to define and situate the Office of the Presidency in what he calls “political time” and “secular time”. By doing so, one may characterize a President by the fundamental principles he must adhere to and that will generally reflect the type of administration said President will establish. These concepts representing Presidential Authority and Power, respectively, recur throughout the history of the Presidency and serve to predict the nature of future administrations according to the circumstances contemporary to the period in which they occur. As he defines in the book, the state of the nation the old regime leaves behind and the candidate’s relationship to the incumbent party will have the greatest influence on the behavior of the upcoming Presidency. (30) By analyzing these recurrent structures and how they have worked with past administrations, Skrownek writes that Presidents may either serve to reconstruct established commitments, disjuncture themselves from them, preempt them, or articulate and elaborate on them. Each category may become evident during the election cycle and represents the leadership opportunity to be handed to the victor. Therefore, by situating Barack Obama and John McCain in political and secular time, predictions can be made that point toward a reconstructive or disjunctive administration, respectively. Skrownek defines political time as “the historical medium through which authority structures have recurred”. (30) To elaborate, political time refers to the
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Jacinto 2 relationship between a President’s political identity and that of previously established commitments that help shape Presidential authority. It is the combination of two factors that each candidate will present to the voting public as their “plan”. Each identity is formed from four possible cross-tabulations depending on whether a candidate is affiliated or opposed to the incumbent party, and whether the incumbent party is vulnerable or resilient. Assessing the position of the candidate is simple in our largely two-party system, but to label the strength, or lack thereof, of the incumbent party depends on many factors and may be influenced by the media. Aside from witnessing trends in Presidential authority, political time gives insight to the opportunities given to a newly elected President to shape his or her agenda. Essentially, political time hypothesizes the expected approach a President should take to optimize results and increase the likelihood of leaving a positive mark on history - the goal of any President. Politics of reconstruction occur when a President opposed to the incumbent party
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