This book is a voter’s-eye view of the 1992 presidential election campaign. Robert D. Loevy traveled from state to state throughout the 1992 presidential selection processfrom the pre-primary period through election daystudying the candidates and the various techniques they used to win votes and outwit their opponents. As he made his way from one political rally to another, and watched one political commercial after another, Loevy had two main questions in mind: Is this process fair to the candidates who are running and the people who are making up their minds about whom to vote for? And does this process treat the voters of each state equally?
This book catches the flavor and excitement of the 1992 presidential election while at the same time pointing out flaws in the processa haphazard calendar of presidential primaries, a national nominating convention that no longer nominates, and an Electoral College that distorts each state’s relative impact, to name a fewthat make it essentially unequal in nature. Loevy proposes realistic and achievable reforms for each of the flaws described.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Robert D. Loevy is Professor of Political Science at Colorado College. He is the author of To End All Segregation: The Politics of the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and co-author of Colorado Politics and Government: Governing the Centennial State and American Government: We Are One.
Table of Contents
1. George Bush: From Great Triumph to Big Trouble
2. Bill Clinton: Emerging from the Democratic Field
4. New Hampshire
6. South Dakota
10. An Evaluation of "Junior Tuesday"
11. Super Tuesday
12. Midwest Tuesday
13. Connecticut and Vermont
14. New York
15. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kansas
16. The Rise of Ross Perot
17. The Irrelevant Primaries I: Oregon
18. The Irrelevant Primaries II: California
19. Toward a Model Calendar of State Presidential Primaries and Caucuses
20. Perot Surgesand Sags
21. The Evolving National Conventions
22. Bill Clinton's Convention
23. Why Perot Pulled Out
24. The Republican Convention
25. Toward a Preprimary National Mini-Convention
26. The Clinton Buscapade
27. The Bush Campaign: Searching for a Message
28. The Distorting Effects of the Electoral College
29. The Clinton and Bush Electoral College "Short Lists"
30. A Tale of Two Rallies
31. The Return of Ross Perot
32. Bush's Last Chance: The 1992 Presidential Debates
33. The End of the Path
34. Toward an Amendment for the Popular Election of the President
35. Reforming the Flawed Path
Appendix: Election and Caucus Results