GHW Bush pulled away from Dukakis late because people didn’t want to disrupt the “robust” economy; despite winning 40 states, he lost the majority of liberal + moderate voters (won only 11% of black vote). Then the economy collapsed in 1990 and he was voted out after one term.
GHW Bush used Dan Quayle’s youth to win over younger voters who identified with the "Reagan Revolution". Quayle's looks were praised by Senator John McCain: "I can't believe a guy that handsome wouldn't have some impact." Quayle’s “looks” helped him overcome his inexperience.
When he ran for President in 2008, John McCain (who was smitten with Quayle’s “looks”) would steal the trick from GHW Bush by picking the youthful Sarah Palin as a running mate. Sure enough, Palin supercharged McCain’s campaign, until she disintegrated it with her “gaffes”.
Mitt Romney too would turn to this “youthful VP” trick in 2012 when he selected Paul Ryan, a major proponent of Social Security privatization in the 2000s and a one-time “deficit hawk” who would go on to oversee record federal government spending (a trick to boost GDP), deficits.
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