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David Stebenne Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for David Stebenne. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


Do Business Leaders Make Good Presidents?

January 19, 2017

An essay by Professor David Stebenne was quoted in a TIME article about whether business leaders are fit for the presidency.

Before Donald Trump, Dwight Eisenhower was one of the most outspoken presidents to embrace Big Business in his administration. Eisenhower, Stebenne writes, “felt government would be well served by successful men, who tend to be rich. If the leaders of successful businesses were excluded from consideration, [Eisenhower] wrote in his diary, the result would be an inability ‘to get anybody to take jobs in Washington except business failures, political hacks and New Deal lawyers.’”


January 5, 2017

Professor David Stebenne was interviewed on BYU Radio’s The Matt Townsend Show. Stebenne discussed the history of cabinet selection as it relates to President-elect Donald Trump’s recent picks.

Former presidents Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower -- who were also all elected without previously holding a political office -- also all made similar cabinet selections to Trump’s, according to Stebenne.

Converts To Trump

November 11, 2016

Professor David Stebenne’s latest blog post for The Huffington Post explores why white evangelical Christians and white Catholics voted in large for Donald Trump.

“White evangelicals and white Catholics - older ones especially - appear to have responded positively to his overall campaign theme of ‘Make America Great Again,’” Stebenne writes. “To them, that phrase implies a return to the kind of country and culture in which Trump grew up, which was more economically populist and morally traditional.”

Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy: Lessons From 1968

February 26, 2016

Professor David Stebenne write an op-ed for The Conversation, entitled "Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy: Lessons From 1968," that was then picked up by U.S. News and World Report. In it, he wrote:

"United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's death this month has created something of a dilemma – to put it politely – for the president and Congress.

Supreme Court vacancies are challenging to fill at the best of times, but an unexpected vacancy in the final year of a president's term is especially tricky. And then add to that the particularly contentious relationship between the nation's two major parties.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate Majority Whip, arrive for a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

The clearest sign of that came this week, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced that the Senate would not consider any nomination made prior to the presidential election in November.

History offers a guide here, not just about what not to do but also about what might actually work."

The Role of Religious and Evangelical Voters in the 2016 Presidential Race

February 16, 2016

Professor David Stebenne appeared on All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU to discuss the role of religious and evangelical voters in the 2016 presidential race. 

Ohio's presidential drought, what caused it and what can end it

February 11, 2016

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in a Cleveland Plain-Dealer article about Ohio's presidential drought:

"The more polarized political atmosphere has tilted the playing field against most Ohio politicians," said David Stebenne, a professor of history and law at Ohio State University. "They, like most Ohio voters, are more moderate than the country as a whole. It's become a lot harder for Ohio politicians to get a major-party nomination."

Clinton, Sanders and the changing face of the Democratic Party

February 9, 2016

Professor David Stebenne wrote an op-ed for The Conversation describing how a recent debate between Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders highlighted changes in the Democratic Party over the past half-century.

“Last week’s debate in New Hampshire between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the “real progressive” said a lot about how they and the Democratic Party have changed over the past half-century,” Stebenne said.

“When Clinton and Sanders first came of age politically during the mid-1960s, neither was a natural fit for the Democrats as the party was then.

“Taking a look at how these two very different people and the party they now want to lead have evolved can help clarify the philosophical divide on display in the Democratic Party today.”

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

November 4, 2014

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

Young people feeling less secure?

September 11, 2011

Professor David Stebenne was quoted by The Columbus Dispatch in an article about how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crises that followed have destroyed young people’s sense of security, heightened their awareness of global events and challenged the perception that the United States will always be the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation. “They don’t know if they will be able to find a good job after they graduate or if their parents will be able to hold onto their homes,” Stebenne said.

Not Ready to Change Baseball History?

July 12, 2011

Professor David Stebenne, author of "Arthur Goldberg: New Deal Liberal," was quoted by The New York Times in an article about the HBO Sports documentary "The Curious Case of Curt Flood." As Goldberg's biographer, Stebenne had conversations with the former associate justice about being ill-prepared to challenge baseball's reserve clause, incorrectly assuming that the justices who had served with him would see the error of sticking by past decisions. “His mental picture was this was a case ripe to be overturned,” Stebenne said. “He was utterly surprised that it went the other way.”

Increasingly Cautious, Unions Less Likely To Strike

April 26, 2011

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in multiple NPR outlets about the growing trend against labor union strikes. "The closer it gets towards a public employee who on a daily basis does something that saves lives, the more resistant the public is to striking," Stebenne said.  "They may be sympathetic to other forms of labor activity, but simply walking off the job is not generally viewed as acceptable." Stebenne said union workers initially won the battles of the late '70s and '80s, but increased foreign competition and other economic factors have since led to more anti-union sentiment. That's why, today, going on strike can be a much riskier move. "You might actually lose." he said. "And your union might be destroyed in the process. And so labor — as it gets weaker — becomes ever more cautious."