The Perfect Tie
The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election
In The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election, James W. Ceaser and Andrew E. Busch continue their study of national elections and their broader implications for American politics and society. With groundbreaking research of electoral politics and penetrating discussions of divided government, independent candidates, party platforms, realignment theory, the electoral college, and campaign strategies, Ceaser and Busch attempt to make sense of the 2000 presidential election. By separating myth from fact in presidential contests and by emphasizing the significance of frequently overlooked issues, such as foreign policy, this book is essential reading for courses in American Government, Campaigns and Elections, and Presidential Politics, as well as for any American interested in the real and lasting importance of the 2000 elections.
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The Lewis and Clark of American elections have returned with the first thoughtful account of the 2000 contest, and their reporting is eye-opening, indeed indispensable.....--Charles R Kesler The extraordinary election of 2000 deserves a first-rate narrative and analysis. This is it. There won't be a better one.....--William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard Ceaser and Busch have written another clever and insightful account of a national election. The Perfect Tie offers a perfect road map for investigating the closest and most controversial contest in more than a century.....--John Green James Ceaser and Andrew Busch provide the first comprehensive scholarly account of the epic 2000 election. Drawing on their own rich knowledge of political history and the full resources of current political science, they achieve insights and analysis that are deep as well as broad. In clear and literate style, they thoughtfully examine both process and substance from pre-primary preparations to post-election proposals for electoral reform....--A James Reichley, Senior Fellow; Georgetown University; author of The Life of the Parties If you want to understand why we had this razor-thin election for president in 2000, this is the book for you. Well-written, serious, yet lively in tone, it tells a fascinating story of a national coin toss that came up neither heads nor tails, but instead showed a coin standing on edge--keeping the nation on edge with it for many weeks after election day....--Bernard Grofman