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What Democrats Talk about When They Talk about God: Religious Communication in Democratic Party Politics Paperback – October 11, 2010

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The contributors to this book provide an important corrective to the view that only the GOP does "God talk." The collection is full of interesting accounts of candidates and officeholder religious rhetoric. Recommended. (Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, Georgetown University)

In recent years the Democratic Party has struggled to win over conservative Christian voters without antagonizing religious liberals, members of minority faiths and secular Americans. David Weiss has assembled eleven fascinating essays documenting and assessing the religious strategies of Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. No student of politics and religion in the United States should miss this insightful and balanced evaluation. (James L. Guth, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Furman University)

David Weiss and his colleagues have produced a fascinating collection of essays on the role of religion in the rhetoric of the Democratic Party and its leaders. Insightful, analystic and timely, this book reveals that religious language is not the sole province of Republicans and is likely to remain a staple of political discourse for years to come. (John C. Green, University of Akron, and Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics)

About the Author

David Weiss is assistant professor at Montana State University, Billings.

More About the Author

Born and raised in Connecticut.
Attended Cornell University (BA, Psychology, 1982).
Lived in New York City for 17 years, working in the advertising agency business.
Experienced midlife crisis (thank God) in 1999: quit the ad biz, left New York, struck out for the west, and never looked back.

Hung out in Montana for a year.

Went to grad school at the U. of Oregon (MA, Journalism/literary nonfiction, 2002)
Went to more grad school at the U. of New Mexico (Ph.D., communication, 2005).
Got a job teaching at a small private college in Ohio.
Left after a year when the opportunity to move back to Montana presented itself.
Currently an assistant professor at Montana State U. in Billings. (Also currently the #1 rated Scrabble player in Montana.)

Appeared on Jeopardy! in October 2008.

Writing/research interests: political communication, media, popular culture, languages and linguistics.

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