Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House by Michael Lewis

By Michael Lewis

   Michael Lewis is a grasp at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall road in his nationwide bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his amazing pen and set out at the 1996 crusade trail.  As he follows the lads who aspire to the Oval workplace, Lewis discovers an absurd mixture of bravery and backpedaling, heroic hazard and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a approach so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him thinking about if every body involvedfrom the reporters to the applicants to the folk who votedisn't finally a loser.

The contenders:

Pat Buchanan:  turns into the 1st flesh presser ever to decide on a black hat over a white one.

Phil Gramm: spends twenty million funds to persuade citizens of his financial responsibility.

John McCain: makes the deadly mistake of really conversing his brain.

Alan Keyes: exams out of a brand new Hampshire resort and tells the chief one other candidate should be paying his bill.

Steve Forbes: refuses to reply to questions on his father's motorcycles.

Bob Dole: marches in the course of the crusade with no ever seeming to care.

   Losers is a wickedly humorous, unflinching examine how the United States relatively is going approximately determining a President.

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At the same time, however, the continued existence of a two-party system does not imply that the electoral system—particularly at the state level—remains stagnant. The American party system is a competitive two-party system nationally; that is, the Republicans and the Democrats are the only competing parties that have a chance to win elections, and the outcome of the election between these two parties is in doubt. But the nature of their competition has changed. For much of the twentieth century, for example, the South was solidly Democratic, a holdover from the Republicans being viewed as the party of Lincoln that promulgated the Civil War and freed the slaves.

By contrast, advertising in California, Texas, and New York were all well below the national average. Because electoral votes are cast on a state-by-state basis and not nationally, two candidates with virtually the same vote total might receive significantly different electoral vote counts; the system benefits candidates who are strong in one state or region and weak nationally as opposed to those whose strength nationally is the same but spread evenly among the states. 4% of the vote. Thurmond received 39 electoral votes because his votes were concentrated in southern states.

Fourth, in 1800 the incumbent president lost the election and eventually conceded, though it would have been possible for him to stay in power through manipulating the House of Representatives. When Adams voluntarily turned over the power of the presidency to Jefferson, the legitimacy of the new nation’s political system was assured; and the role that parties were to play in that system demonstrated a primacy without precedent. Soon after the election of 1800, the Federalists became little more than a New England sectional party.

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