The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: When the Elite Loses Touch

The Presidency

Before the great campaign of '84 is handed over to the history professors, one of its unfortunate side effects bears a glance or two. Besides marking Ronald Reagan's return to the White House, this year will be remembered for the way a sizable segment of the pundits, academics and campaign theorists turned against the American electorate.

There was the expected debunking of the Republican candidate in Cambridge and New Haven, in the newsrooms of the big liberal papers, in the salons of trendy Georgetown. But what startled in the final weeks was...

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