The New Republic Guide to the Candidates, 1996

The New Republic Guide to the Candidates, 1996

by Andrew Sullivan
     
 

Place your bets for the 1996 presidential season! Will you put your money on a Republican, a Democrat, or an independent? Soon we will be so bombarded with statistics, news analysis, political television shows and mind-numbing commercials that it will be nearly impossible to discern the actual track records of candidates.

Before placing your bet, we present The

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Place your bets for the 1996 presidential season! Will you put your money on a Republican, a Democrat, or an independent? Soon we will be so bombarded with statistics, news analysis, political television shows and mind-numbing commercials that it will be nearly impossible to discern the actual track records of candidates.

Before placing your bet, we present The New Republic Guide to the Candidates, 1996, a definitive and entertaining road map to the primary season and the upcoming general election. It features an introduction by Andrew Sullivan and irreverent profiles and commentary on key Democrats, Republicans, and possible independents by the writers and editors of The New Republic magazine.

With witty illustrations by New Republic cartoonist Vint Lawrence, The New Republic Guide to the Candidates is indispensable if you want to stay ahead of the game.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The New Republic has shown itself willing to hammer politicians of any political stripe, and the tradition continues in this guide to the 1996 presidential election. A collection of essays drawn from the magazines pages between early 1984 and late 1995, the book covers presidential candidates, vice presidential hopefuls and undeclared "contenders, pretenders, and possible running mates" like New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. An indication of just how hard it is to try to nail down candidates is that Colin Powell is listed in this last section, although he's pulled out, as is Steven Forbes, though he's jumped in. In his introduction, Sullivan notes that these essays "insist that the characters now running for office did not spring newly minted from a CNN studio. They have track records; they have-strange to insist-complex and recorded histories." Rather than provide up-to-the-minute poll analysis and spin, the book chooses to re-examine the way these politicians have acted in the past. The choice is effective. Editorials recounting Newt Gingrich's ambitions in the early 1980s, Arlen Specter's behavior at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and candidate Bill Clinton's eagerness to please all feed interesting speculation about who's really best suited to run the country. In addition, the coverage is remarkably evenhanded. No one emerges from this collection unscathed, but there are moments for virtually every candidate that remind the reader why these people appealed to some electorate in the first place. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465098309
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
288

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