“Our presidential nomination system looks to be a mash up of ‘Survivor,’ where you’re voting people off the island, and March Madness basketball brackets,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and author of multiple books on presidential communication.
“My personal view is that the country’s about a lot more than the president,” Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political science professor told me.
“Jamestown is about the core history of Virginia. And the disagreement among Democrats about whether or not to participate demonstrates the potential problems of the proposed boycott. … You don’t see widespread boycotts of the State of the Union. Who knows, that might be next?”
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "Parades, Picnics, Bands and Fireworks: Experiencing Fourth of July in America," at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Professor Farnsworth was at MCKL as a Fulbright specialist this summer.
“If the Republicans bottle everything up in committee the way that occurred during the general session, the Republicans are probably going to lose their legislative majorities,” says Farnsworth. “And these bills may very well pass next year.”
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says any candidate taking money from the governor is taking a risk. “Every candidate who takes money from the governor has had to do so after some pretty careful thought about whether it’s a net positive or a net negative,” he explains.