Our latest book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. The 2024 race has begun.
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran on the Progressive ticket against his successor, William Howard Taft. The 1892 election was the most recent election in which both major-party candidates had served as president. Matthew Continetti at The Washington Free Beacon:
The precedent of 1892 is so distant that it hardly seems relevant. Our two-incumbent election is a genuine novelty. It pits a twice-impeached, criminally charged Republican against a deeply unpopular Democrat who faces his own impeachment inquiry and whose adult son is under federal indictment. All set against the backdrop of collapsing public trust, deteriorating world order, resurgent anti-Semitism, the interpenetration of the judicial system with domestic elections, myriad connections between former and current national security personnel and the major media "echo chamber," America's aggressive and cunning strategic adversaries, the legitimation of political violence, and a likelihood of constitutional crisis and domestic unrest. Harrison-Cleveland was placid by comparison. Even boring.