The publishers get a gold star for their timing in offering this revised historical account of US campaign high jinks from Washington in 1789 to Clinton in 1992. If Bob Dole appears to be slinging some mud this election year, it's nothing in comparison with the invectives thrown at candidates during the 19th century. (Would Dole dare to call Clinton a "carbuncle-faced old drunkard"?) Boller (history, Texas Christian U.) enlivens historical fact by uncovering the anecdotes and media responses which make American politics worth watching for our comedians. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.