The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Preordainment of Mondale

The Presidency/High Sidey

Cast ahead to July, Walter Mondale is triumphant. The Democratic presidential nominee has rolled effortlessly to victory on the first ballot in San Francisco as most everyone in the political industry has predicted, as almost anyone who could hear and read has come to expect.

The scholars at Harvard's Kennedy School begin to triangulate and plot the vectors of power that produced the Mondale victory. Duke University's political psychologist, James David Barber, who has contended for several years that the television networks would not have more to say about the nominees than...

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