When Reagan was preparing for the VP selection in 1980, George Bush wasn't really a solid selection, with some suggesting at least three people ahead of him. But the assembled 'experts' wanted Bush to handle the VP job. So sat in motion, the entry of Period in 1992, and his affect on decades since.
What Bush discovered in 1991....was that the public really wasn't that fired up over his actions or results after four years. With Perot in the race? There's at least 15 states that Bush should have won, but lost because of the Perot influence upon the race.
The influence in 1996? There's ten states that Dole should have won....without Perot in the race.
In some ways, Perot set the deck for Clinton to win in 1992 and 1996. Because of those wins....Hillary Clinton went onto become a Senator in NY state, and potentially a national candidate for President.
Perot never cared about winning....he just wanted to slide the Republicans off the track and defeat them for the Presidential race.
It took me around a decade after the 1992 race to grasp what he'd done and how much he'd screwed up California voting patterns. So pardon me if I don't harp much over the passing of Perot.