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Politicalprop 1992: Gridlock and Credibility

Political wordprop fuels the popular culture by its manipulation of language, and this was never more true than in the 1990s. Two words-gridlock and credibility-became the vernacular of media prop in the 1992 presidential campaign and framed debates over two major programs advanced by the Clinton administration-the budget deficit and the health care program. Both were exercises in oldprop that reflected an old politics of top-down leadership.