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Stormy weather : the New Hampshire primary and presidential politics /
by Dante J. Scala.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
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vi, 218 p.
ISBN
0312296223 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
isbn
0312296223 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5058830
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dante J. Scala is Associate Professor of politics at St. Anselm College, and Fellow at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"Over the years, the New Hampshire primary has produced some of the most dramatic, most surprising moments in American politics. Dante Scala takes you back through that history in this most readable and entertaining volume. It's a political junkie's dream."--David S. Broder, The Washington Post "Many an electoral storm has billowed up in New Hampshire, blowing away some candidacies and causing power outages for front-runners. This informative book tells on how Democratic activists manufacture such gusts, or, as the case may be, struggle against the wind."--Emmett H. Buell, Jr., Denison University "Stormy Weather is a savvy and informed inside look at one the nation's greatest political institutions--The New Hampshire Primary. With anecdotes, tales from the people who made history, and thoughtful and insightful analysis from one who knows this State and its unique politics well, Dante Scala has written a non-fiction political thriller that offers the reader a cram course in what happens here every four years."--Thomas Rath, political analyst and strategist "Scala offers a comprehensive look at New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, explaining its critical place in the modern nominating process, vividly recounting the state's memorable primary contests of the last generation, and exploring in lively detail how they were won and lost. In the process, Scala introduces us to New Hampshire's unique political landscape, shares with us the wisdom of many of the primary's key players, and even shows us how to interpret the results in 2004. For anyone interested in America's presidential nominating process, this book is well worth reading."--Rhodes Cook, author of America Votes and publisher of The Rhodes Cook Letter "This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of the people who make the campaigns happen in New Hampshire. Scala places their efforts in the context of demographic changes and vote tallies, and the layers of the primary just peel back. And what makes this most satisfying of all is that it is written well. It is the first political science book I've ever read that qualifies as a page-turner."--Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor of New Hampshire Public Radio "Dante Scala shows us why the New Hampshire primary has long been the most difficult hurdle for candidates and how their best laid strategies can founder. Using insights from campaign insiders and a new look at how economic and demographic changes have restructured the political landscape in New Hampshire, Stormy Weather explains the successes and failures of past campaigns and what might happen in 2004. This book will prove indispensable for journalists, students, and anyone interested in US Presidential politics."--Andrew Smith, Director, The Survey Center, University of New Hampshire
Flap Copy
"Over the years, the New Hampshire primary has produced some of the most dramatic, most surprising moments in American politics. Dante Scala takes you back through that history in this most readable and entertaining volume. It's a political junkie's dream."--David S. Broder,The Washington Post "Many an electoral storm has billowed up in New Hampshire, blowing away some candidacies and causing power outages for front-runners. This informative book tells on how Democratic activists manufacture such gusts, or, as the case may be, struggle against the wind."--Emmett H. Buell, Jr., Denison University "Stormy Weather is a savvy and informed inside look at one the nation's greatest political institutions--The New Hampshire Primary. With anecdotes, tales from the people who made history, and thoughtful and insightful analysis from one who knows this State and its unique politics well, Dante Scala has written a non-fiction political thriller that offers the reader a cram course in what happens here every four years."--Thomas Rath, political analyst and strategist "Scala offers a comprehensive look at New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, explaining its critical place in the modern nominating process, vividly recounting the state's memorable primary contests of the last generation, and exploring in lively detail how they were won and lost. In the process, Scala introduces us to New Hampshire's unique political landscape, shares with us the wisdom of many of the primary's key players, and even shows us how to interpret the results in 2004. For anyone interested in America's presidential nominating process, this book is well worth reading."--Rhodes Cook, author ofAmerica Votesand publisher ofThe Rhodes Cook Letter "This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of the people who make the campaigns happen in New Hampshire. Scala places their efforts in the context of demographic changes and vote tallies, and the layers of the primary just peel back. And what makes this most satisfying of all is that it is written well. It is the first political science book I've ever read that qualifies as a page-turner."--Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor of New Hampshire Public Radio "Dante Scala shows us why the New Hampshire primary has long been the most difficult hurdle for candidates and how their best laid strategies can founder. Using insights from campaign insiders and a new look at how economic and demographic changes have restructured the political landscape in New Hampshire,Stormy Weatherexplains the successes and failures of past campaigns and what might happen in 2004. This book will prove indispensable for journalists, students, and anyone interested in US Presidential politics."--Andrew Smith, Director, The Survey Center, University of New Hampshire
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-12-01:
If anyone needs another reminder that the next presidential election cycle is upon us, this book serves that purpose well. The New Hampshire primary will be held January 27, following quickly on the Iowa caucuses of the preceding week. Scala (political science, St. Anselm Coll.) makes his debut with this volume, bridging the academic world with practical politics. It is a balanced mix, offering historical context, extensive interviews, and academic research on the electoral process. Scala argues that candidates skilled at building coalitions in the Granite State, rather than those who only mobilize a particular faction, are most likely to have success in subsequent primaries-even if they don't win first place in New Hampshire. A readable blend of narrative and data will make this necessary reading for political junkies and a popular text in political science courses. Though focusing almost exclusively on the Democratic party, this work is likely to go through future expanded editions and deserves a paperback edition. Highly recommended.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Scala (St. Anselm College) examines 30 years of data on the New Hampshire presidential primary. He analyzes how the primary has become important in the presidential nomination process despite the state's small size and homogenous population. Scala first briefly describes the history of the primary, pointing out that its primary has been the first in the nation since 1920. The author focuses his attention on Democratic presidential candidates and finds revealing voting patterns attributable to geography and social class. After defining Democratic candidates as reformers or establishment candidates, the author analyzes vote distributions in contested primaries since 1972. He also discusses the role of the media in the New Hampshire primary and how well the primary predicts possible success in the general election. Scala documents how New Hampshire state politics affects the national campaign strategies of presidential candidates. Interviews with state political operatives and other observers supplement the quantitative data presented in this book. Students of the presidency, campaigns and elections, and the media and politics will find it useful. This book also is highly recommended to those who want to learn more about the changing political scene in New Hampshire. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Rausch West Texas A&M University
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Over the years, the New Hampshire primary has produced some of the most dramatic, most surprising moments in American politics. Dante Scala takes you back through that history in this most readable and entertaining volume. It's a political junkie's dream."--David S. Broder,The Washington Post "[Stormy Weather]is the first political science book I've ever read that qualifies as a page-turner."--Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor of New Hampshire Public Radio "Many an electoral storm has billowed up in New Hampshire, blowing away some candidacies and causing power outages for front-runners. This informative book tells on how Democratic activists manufacture such gusts, or, as the case may be, struggle against the wind."--Emmett H. Buell, Jr., Denison University "For anyone interested in America's presidential nominating process, this book is well worth reading."--Rhodes Cook, author ofAmerica Votesand publisher ofThe Rhodes Cook Letter "This book will prove indispensable for journalists, students, and anyone interested in US Presidential politics."--Andrew Smith, Director, The Survey Center, University of New Hampshire If anyone needs another reminder that the next presidential election cycle is upon us, this book serves that purpose well. The New Hampshire primary will be held January 27, following quickly on the Iowa caucuses of the preceding week. Scala (political science, St. Anselm Coll.) makes his debut with this volume, bridging the academic world with practical politics. It is a balanced mix, offering historical context, extensive interviews, and academic research on the electoral process. Scala argues that candidates skilled at building coalitions in the Granite State, rather than those who only mobilize a particular faction, are most likely to have success in subsequent primaries-even if they don't win first place in New Hampshire. A readable blend of narrative and data will make this necessary reading for political junkies and a popular text in political science courses. Though focusing almost exclusively on the Democratic party, this work is likely to go through future expanded editions and deserves a paperback edition. Highly recommended.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. n0 "Stormy Weatheris a savvy and informed inside look at one the nation's greatest political institutions--The New Hampshire Primary....Dante Scala has written a non-fiction political thriller that offers the reader a cram course in what happens here every four years."--Thomas Rath, political analyst and strategist
"Over the years, the New Hampshire primary has produced some of the most dramatic, most surprising moments in American politics. Dante Scala takes you back through that history in this most readable and entertaining volume. It's a political junkie's dream."--David S. Broder, The Washington Post "[Stormy Weather] is the first political science book I've ever read that qualifies as a page-turner."--Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor of New Hampshire Public Radio "Many an electoral storm has billowed up in New Hampshire, blowing away some candidacies and causing power outages for front-runners. This informative book tells on how Democratic activists manufacture such gusts, or, as the case may be, struggle against the wind."--Emmett H. Buell, Jr., Denison University "For anyone interested in America's presidential nominating process, this book is well worth reading."--Rhodes Cook, author of America Votes and publisher of The Rhodes Cook Letter "This book will prove indispensable for journalists, students, and anyone interested in US Presidential politics."--Andrew Smith, Director, The Survey Center, University of New Hampshire If anyone needs another reminder that the next presidential election cycle is upon us, this book serves that purpose well. The New Hampshire primary will be held January 27, following quickly on the Iowa caucuses of the preceding week. Scala (political science, St. Anselm Coll.) makes his debut with this volume, bridging the academic world with practical politics. It is a balanced mix, offering historical context, extensive interviews, and academic research on the electoral process. Scala argues that candidates skilled at building coalitions in the Granite State, rather than those who only mobilize a particular faction, are most likely to have success in subsequent primaries-even if they don't win first place in New Hampshire. A readable blend of narrative and data will make this necessary reading for political junkies and a popular text in political science courses. Though focusing almost exclusively on the Democratic party, this work is likely to go through future expanded editions and deserves a paperback edition. Highly recommended.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. n0 " Stormy Weather is a savvy and informed inside look at one the nation's greatest political institutions--The New Hampshire Primary....Dante Scala has written a non-fiction political thriller that offers the reader a cram course in what happens here every four years."--Thomas Rath, political analyst and strategist
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Summaries
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s the crucial first step in the presidential primary season, New Hampshire sets the stage and profoundly affects can-didates' odds of success or failure. Every four years, this small, mountainous, proudly distinctive state is curiously trans-formed into the center of America's political universe. Candidates' per-formances, especially in comparison to expecta-tions, influence the competition for the country's highest office. Do well, and create momentum; do worse, and risk defusing a campaign. Scala explains the importance and peculiarities of New Hampshire, providing both historical context and insights into the tensions between local politics and the national agendas of candidates. New Hamp-shire's sympathy for reformist can-didates has often the paradoxical effect of jumpstarting the campaigns of those candidates least representative of voters nationally, and Scala explores the tremendous implications this effect has on presidential politics. Scala explains what it takes for can-didates to make the Granite State a launching pad rather than a crash landing.
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New Hampshire: First in the presidential primaries, it sets the stage and affects candidates' odds of success or failure. Every four years, this small, proudly distinctive state is the center of America's political universe. Candidates' performances, especially in comparison to expectations, influence the competition for the country's highest office. Scala explains the importance and peculiarities of New Hampshire, providing both historical context and insights, based on extensive interviews, into the tensions between local politics and the national agendas of candidates. New Hampshire's sympathy for reformist candidates has the paradoxical effect of jumpstarting the campaigns of those candidates least representative of voters nationally, and Scala explores the tremendous implications for presidential politics. Scala explains what it takes for candidates to make the Granite State a launching pad rather than a crash landing.
Table of Contents
The New Hampshire Primary and the Nomination Process
The Environment: New Hampshire Voters and the Politics of Factions
The Primary Campaigns, 1968-80
The Primary Campaigns, 1984-92
The 2000 Primary
The Media Environment
Primary Lessons
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