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After the Culture War?: Shifts and Continuities in the Obama Era and Beyond

Further Reading:

Red, Blue, and Purple” by Professor John Dombrink. Dissent Magazine, Spring 2005

In this piece, written after President Bush’s re-election, Professor Dombrink examines the ‘culture war’ by focusing on a group most pundits and analysts forgot about: the large, silent majority of ‘purple state’ voters whose views on moral and social issues could not be categorized into red and blue.

Obama Notre Dame Speech May Help Reignite Culture War” Bloomberg, May 15, 2009.
Why Notre Dame Was Right to Invite Obama” by Prof. Alan Wolfe The New Republic, March 23, 2009

In his first few months in office, President Obama avoided social controversies, but he stepped right into the middle of them by delivering the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame.
In these two takes on the issue – one from Bloomberg, and one from Boisi Center director Alan Wolfe – the cultural issues revealed in the fight over Obama’s speech are discussed.

The Movement: The Rise of Tea Party Activism” The New Yorker, February 1, 2010
The “Tea Party” movement has energized the traditional conservative base and helped boost Scott Brown’s improbable ascendancy in Massachusetts. They were also out in force to protest President Obama’s proposed health care reform in the summer. Ben McGrath of The New Yorker looks at the rise of Tea Party conservatism.

A culture war ceasefire” by E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post, December 24, 2009
Post columnist E.J. Dionne says that with the renewed conservative activist focus on economic issues and taxation marks an end to the most bitter days of the culture war.

Gambling and the American Moral Landscape, The Boisi Center, October 25, 2007
This website recalls the Boisi Center’s 2007 conference on one of the nation’s most contentious social issues – gambling. Professor Dombrink was one of the contributors.