Us Campaign 2000: Of Pregnant Chads, Butterfly Ballots and Partisan Vitriol
27 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2001
Date Written: November 2000
The extraordinary outcome of the 2000 US Presidential election has generated serious concerns that promise to have long-term consequences for the political process. To understand this remarkable phenomenon, Part I first summarizes the underlying conditions leading up to the election, then Part II examines trends in candidate campaigns, media coverage and public attention during the worthy but dull year-long campaign running from the snows of Iowa to the sunshine state at Thanksgiving. Finally Part III reflects on the possible consequences that may arise from the blockbuster outcome, which proved anything but dull.
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