Is This Any Way to Elect a President?

Eugene J. McCarthy, Shirley Chisholm, James Q. Wilson, Steven Brams

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    The rules were changed to a degree in 1972 to outlaw what was known as the “unit rule” in non-primary states. Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1976 literally within a few weeks after the New Hampshire primary when only a tiny fraction of the votes even in the Democratic primaries had been counted. The chief feature of the American directly-elected Presidency is that it brings to office persons who in modern times have had, in almost every case, no important national administrative experience. Senator McCarthy and Representative Chisholm are disappointed office-seekers who have in common every ground for feeling that the presidential selection system did not treat them fairly. The election laws, access to television and such, have often conspired in many real and important ways against persons who are not part of the political mainstream.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Selection and Election of Presidents
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351474405
    ISBN (Print)9780202362762
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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