Running on the Constitution
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law
April 1, 2009
Election Law Journal, Vol. 8, p. 151, 2009
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-15
In this book review, I examine the major findings of Andrew E. Busch's The Constitution on the Campaign Trail -- including that presidential campaigns invoke the Constitution less and less -- and raise questions about the implications of this finding. I argue that, in some ways, constitutional rhetoric is just as strong as ever in presidential campaigns. Moreover, even if Busch is right that constitutional rhetoric is declining, I disagree with Busch that this is an ominous sign of the poor health of American constitutionalism. Instead, the decline could be a sign of the health of our constitutional democracy because fewer constitutional issues are as hotly contested as they once were.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: book review, presidential campaigns, political rhetoric
Date posted: April 2, 2009
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