February 5, 2016

NOWHERE TO HIDE:

From New Hampshire town halls, Election 2016 looks very different (Gail Russell Chaddock, FEBRUARY 5, 2016, CS Monitor)

In the intimate setting of town halls up and down the Granite State, the one-liner isn't always the best wrench in the rhetorical toolkit, and the scenes are notably more subdued.

Not that these are wan affairs. In New Hampshire, politics is mogul skiing backward down a double black diamond. But the dynamics are different from a packed hall, where calls to "make America great again" or "start the political revolution" draw roars or approval. In front of an unvetted audience and facing unscripted questions, candidates must often reach into the substance of policy solutions to get nods of approval. And they must often tread into new territory - following where the audience leads.

Such town halls are a staple of presidential campaigning everywhere these days, but here they are a tradition rooted in the Yankee soil like the beech and birch of the White Mountains. Here, town halls are the symbolic lifeblood of the primary, and in this election in particular, they are offering those who care to look a very different perspective of the presidential race.



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