Commentary: Any journalist who’s covered a crowded presidential primary field knows it’s a wild ride. Just read the book “The Boys on the Bus,” and you’ll get an authentic, inside account.
Take the 1976 election year as an example, then, fast forward to 2016. Four decades separate these elections. Yet they reveal similar, early patterns.
Then, with Gerald Ford as the incumbent who succeeded Richard Nixon in the aftermath of Watergate, only Ronald Reagan challenged for the GOP nomination.