Nominating the President: The Politics of Convention Choice, with a New Postscript on 1964

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POSTSCRIPT ON 1964

Earthquakes occur suddenly and without clear warning. Political convulsions too come on quickly and surprisingly. When this volume was completed in 1963, I had only a dim premonition of the approaching upheavals. In the following year, we witnessed the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Republican party's nomination of a defender of "extremism," intense partisan and ideological conflict and the most overwhelming popular victory in American political history.1 In retrospect, it is clear that the campaign of 1964 has shaken the American political system--and the beliefs of American political scientists.

Destructive as they are, earthquakes pass quickly. They leave behind a landscape changed in many aspects but still bearing the general imprint of the past. The political scene of the United States has been altered by the last Presidential race,

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For an account of these events, see Charles O. Jones, "The 1964 Presidential Election--Further Adventures in Wonderland," in Donald G. Herzberg , ed., American Government Annual 1965-1966 ( New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965), pp. 1-30.

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Nominating the President: The Politics of Convention Choice, with a New Postscript on 1964
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Other Norton Paperbacks of Related Interest ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Tables xi
  • I Introduction 3
  • II History of Presidential Nominations 12
  • III The Rules of the Game 41
  • IV On the Convention Agenda 66
  • V Influences on the Nominations 92
  • VI Conventions and Presidential Candidates 122
  • VII The Vice-Presidential Nominee 155
  • VIII Patterns and Trends in Nominations 182
  • IX Proposals for Reform 209
  • X Outlook for the Future 237
  • POSTSCRIPT ON 1964 267
  • Appendix - A Chronology of Party Nominations 279
  • Index 293
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