No Way to Pick a President

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Grand Central Publishing, Dec 15, 2000 - Political Science - 322 pages
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Never before has so much money poured into a presidential campaign as flowed into the election of 2000. Jules Witcover, who has covered every election since 1952, here combines unparalleled knowledge about presidential politics with a scintillating, wise analysis of what's wrong with the way American presidents are chosen. He shows us, in memorable and dramatic detail, how professional mercenaries--with little party loyalty and diminished political principles, driven by skewed priorities and an insatiable need for money, are corrupting American public life. At the same time, he shows how television dramatically, even destructively, distorts the election process, discouraging voter participation and dissuading some of our most promising public figures from seeking higher office. In this lively, story-filled account, Witcover examines the many ways in which politicians themselves have condoned or encouraged these developments and how they are responding to the new demands of a media-driven, money-conscious age. He assessses the effects of campaign funds, both "soft" and "hard, and of a press corps that practices invasive, "gotcha" journ
 

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NO WAY TO PICK A PRESIDENT

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A pleasantly informative look at a depressingly familiar topic. Veteran political reporter Witcover (The Year the Dream Died, 1997, etc.) offers a treasure trove of stories, background, and commentary ... Read full review

No way to pick a president

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In his 11th book, Witcover considers how to drain the swamp--if not the cesspool--that our presidential elections have become. Along with Jack Germond, his co-columnist at the Baltimore Sun, he has ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Then and
Me for President
The Era of the Hired
Television Raises the Stakes 4 Main Street to Madison Avenue
Sour Mothers Milk
Anything Goes
The 800Pound Gorilla
Watchdogs and Lapdogs
A Process Gone Berserk 10 Coronations Not Conventions 11 Rolling the Dice
The Grand Facade
Moments of Truth
An Accident Waiting to Happen 15 Whither the Parties? 16 Time for an Overhaul Bibliography
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