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The article “Burning Down the (White) House: Partisan Attempts to Undermine American Exceptionalism” written by Brian McLaughlin and Amber Krause seeks to provide a unique and fresh view of how notions of American exceptionalism play a role in American politics. The authors argue that while many politicians and partisans promote the ideas of American exceptionalism, many others try to undermine it in an attempt to improve the standing of their party. This topic provides insights on the role of American exceptionalism within the political sphere and how this notion affects the tone of politics. Analyzing this unique perspective helps to better understand partisan tendencies and to better understand American politics, which can be extended to politics around the world. 
Authors McLaughlin and Krause proposed four hypotheses while conducting their research. The first hypothesis proposes that for a president’s partisans, there will be a positive correlation between the United States’ global standing and in-group favouritism; for members of the opposing party, there will be an inverse relationship between the nation’s global standing and in-group favouritism. The second hypothesis states that members of the presidents’ party will have a more optimistic appraisal of the United States’ global standing, while member of the opposing party will have a more pessimistic appraisal of the nation’s global standing. 
The third hypothesis introduces the idea that when partisans receive a news story that is pessimistic about the United States’ global standing, perceptions of the nation’s global standing will decreases at a lower rate among the partisans’ than among members of the opposing party. 
The fourth, and final, hypothesis proposes that presidential candidates will express more pessimism about the United States’ current status when the opposing party holds the White House. 
Although it has been well established that presidents tend to evoke American exceptionalism such a view likely obscures another trend—the tendency for presidential candidates from the opposing party to bemoan the nation’s failures and shortcomings. 

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