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 process—from the pre-primary period through election day—studying 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 process—a 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 few—that make it essentially unequal in nature. Loevy proposes realistic and achievable reforms for each of the flaws described.
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.
"I am impressed with this book. It is uniquely constructed, clearly written, and offers the reader the rich opportunity to observe the '92 campaign as it unfolds. Loevy's ability to capture the nuances of the presidential campaign and to convey this information in a very interesting fashion make this work an outstanding contribution to the field. " — Gary L. Rose, Sacred Heart University