About Jonathan Parent

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. I have taught courses in American government and Public Law at UAlbany and Union College. I have also contributed op-ed pieces to several online blogs and newspaper publications in Schenectady, NY and Alberta, Canada. I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta and currently reside in upstate New York.

How the Right Wing Media Discusses Race

I have a confession to make. I watch Fox News. A lot. I’m not really sure why since I’m not a suburban-dwelling middle to upper class retiree who anyone would describe as a conservative. I have absolutely no illusions that Fox is “news.” My working theory is that it’s something akin to the proverbial train wreck that you don’t necessarily want to see but simply can’t look away from. But like a masochistic moth attracted to a lamp of ignorance and misinformation, I keep returning to Ailes’ world. It was there that I first saw Bill O’Reilly’s rant about President Obama’s recent comments on the Trayvon Martin case and his own experience as a black man in America. The “Talking … Continue reading

A Last Stand for Opponents of Equality

With less than a month to go until the presidential election on November 6th, the pundit class, pollsters, or anyone with even a passing interest in American politics is understandably focused almost exclusively on the race for the White House and, to a lesser extent, control of the House and Senate. The economy, jobs, tax rates, and the debt have similarly framed the contest since the Republican primary in the early months of 2012, which ought to come as no surprise in a country slowly, but surely, making its way out of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. There are, however, other critically important questions that will be put on ballots literally from Maine to Washington State; questions … Continue reading

Winning Without Ohio or Florida

If there is a common wisdom regarding the 2012 Presidential election – or for that matter, the 2008, 2004, and 2000 contests – it is that the road to the White House for both candidates runs invariably through Ohio and Florida. More specifically, there seems to be a near-consensus among both liberal and conservative commentators that Mitt Romney must win both of these perennial swing states to capture the oval office, while President Obama can afford to lose one or the other, but not both. A close analysis of the Electoral College map, as well as recent demographic and political shifts over the past decade, however, could be making this view somewhat antiquated; a development which might work in the … Continue reading