The Runner-Up Presidency: The Elections That Defied America's Popular Will (and How Our Democracy Remains in Danger)

The Runner-Up Presidency: The Elections That Defied America's Popular Will (and How Our Democracy Remains in Danger)

by Mark Weston

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Overview

America's Strangest Presidential Elections-including the ones that defied the people's will-and the real threat that we'll send more runner-up presidents to the White House

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493022571
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,211,351
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Weston has been a lawyer for ABC Television and a journalist for ABC News, and has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He has also written Prophets and Princes – Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the Present, (2008) and The Land and People of Pakistan (1992) among other titles. In 1991 Weston won enough money on TV's Jeopardy! to start a company that makes geographical jigsaw puzzles for children. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Electoral Votes: A Risky Game of Dice v

Chapter 1 What Were the Founders Thinking? The Electoral System's Oddities, Origins, and Benefits 1

Chapter 2 Florida, Bush v. Gore, and the 2000 Election 19

Chapter 3 The Loser Wins: Rutherford B. Hayes (1876) 31

Chapter 4 The Loser Wins Again: Benjamin Harrison (1888) 47

Chapter 5 The House Decides: Jefferson vs. Burr (1800) 63

Chapter 6 The House Decides Again: John Quincy Adams vs. Andrew Jackson (1824) 79

Chapter 7 1968: A Close Call with George Wallace 95

Chapter 8 Direct Elections and Other Flawed Proposals to Fix Our System 117

Chapter 9 How Barack Obama Nearly Became a Runner-Up President: The Search for a More Perfect Electoral System 139

Chapter 10 Two Small Repairs: Winner-Takes-Most (Not All) and a Better Way to Deal with Deadlocks 151

Appendix A Three Possible Constitutional Amendments 169

Appendix B Winner-Takes-Most's Roughly Equal Sacrifices from State to State 177

Appendix C Past Elections under the Winner-Takes-Most Reform 183

Acknowledgments 199

Selected Bibliography 201

Index 208

About the Author 216

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your headline and your premise are flawed. We're a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Or don't you remember the Pledge of Allegiance? Democracy is mob rule; or, two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for lunch.