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Naturally, I Blame Massachusetts

Well, wasn't that... um... interesting.

I gotta admit I am absolutely gobsmacked over the results of New Hampshire's primary. I did not expect the results we got.

My gut said that we would not go for Hillary Clinton. I thought we'd kick her sorry ass to the curb. But that vapid twit I met Saturday night apparently showed up with all her insipid little friends and voted with their... well, it wasn't their overly-perforated heads, that's all I'll say.

The vibe I got right up through the primary was that Obama would take it running away. But the morning of the primary, I heard one of those babbling idiots call in a local talk show and ask if it was true that Obama was a secret Muslim who took his Senate oath of office on a Koran and all that bullshit. The host immediately went to Snopes and read the entry, but somehow missed the "false" at the top and presented it as all true. I called in and howled in protest, and she did correct it after the commercial break.

But I think that the morons and assholes who are pushing these rumors did their damage here in New Hampshire. Of the four top Democrats, I thought we'd see through the guises of Hillary Clinton and John Edwards and send their asses packing. I figured Obama and Richardson would do better.

I guess there's still some life in the Clinton political machine.

Now for the obligatory "blame Massachusetts" part.

One of the biggest demographic factors in New Hampshire over the last few years has been people who get fed up with the Bay State's disgustingly high taxes and grotesque nanny-statism and... well, this is the state that gave the nation Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Mike Dukakis, Tip O'Neill, and Ted Kennedy. (Some things bear repeating.) They come north to get away from all that.

And then start working towards getting a lot of the things they left behind, not making the connection between demanding the state give you all you want and the price to be paid for all that. One great example is state representative Anthony DiFruscia of Salem, New Hampshire. He served in the Massachusetts legislature before moving up here, where he ran for -- and won -- a seat here. Now he wants to bump the pay of lawmakers from the $100 per year it is now to $100 per week. It's still a far cry from the $50,000+ a Massachusetts lawmaker pulls in, but it's a step in that wrong direction.

What we need are fewer immigrants like DiFruscia, and more like Bruce or Giacomo.

On the Republican side... I'm going to attribute it to a question of character -- or, at least, perceived character.

John McCain is an honorable man. His military record and devotion to our country are absolutely unquestionable.

But he's just been so incredibly wrong on so many issues. I don't question his integrity or his dedication, but his judgment.

McCain was one-half of the team that brought us the insanely unconstitutional McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Law. (Yes, I know that it's been approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. It's my unscholarly opinion that they got it wrong.) Part of me hopes he does get the nomination so he can get hoist on his own petard -- and then loses, so he can go back to the Senate and fix it.

He's wrong on the illegal alien question. He teamed up with Ted Kennedy on that last abortion of an immigration bill. If you need any proof how bad that was, let me just point out two facts:

1) That the bill was defeated has proven to be a great encouragement for many illegal aliens to pack up and deport themselves;

B) Ted Kennedy was instrumental in the last two horrifically disastrous immigration bills -- the Immigration And Nationality Act Of 1965 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In 1965, Teddy blasted critics of that bill by declaring that ""...our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually.... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset...."

The Act worked so well that the number of illegal aliens went from about one million in 1965 to six million in 1986. That's when Ted Kennedy brought up another reform measure. When pushing this one, he proclaimed that "(t)his amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1-1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We well never again bring forward another Amnesty Bill like this."

Naturally, the number of illegals went from 6 million to 12-20 million, so 21 years later, he brought up a third one -- apparently on the theory that "I was dead wrong and triggered disasters twice before, so why not let me try it a third time." And John McCain was eager to sign on to Teddy's plan.

Finally, John McCain was a part of the "Gang Of Fourteen" senators that appointed themselves arbiters of judicial nominations. The compromise had the Republicans make an absolute renouncement of their biggest weapon, while the Democrats were saddled with the most weaselly of restrictions -- they would only give up theirs "all but extraordinary circumstances," which were promptly defined after the deal was struck as "any Supreme Court nomination, or any other case we feel is extraordinary." In plain English: "You won't hit me ever, no matter what, and I'll only hit you if I really, really think you deserve it."

Congratulations, Senator. Much like John Kerry, you've been rewarded not for your service in the Senate, but deeds of valor while wearing our country's uniform. Unlike Kerry, McCain's honorable record is absolutely beyond reproach, and represents loyalty and dedication above and beyond what most people could deliver.

Also unlike Kerry, McCain has a lengthy record of accomplishments in the Senate. And it is that record that is far more relevant to his quest to be president. And it is that record that cost him my vote yesterday.

However, my opinion didn't hold sway among my fellow Granite Staters. McCain got the clear win, and resurrected his campaign here. Romney was wounded yet again, and somehow the Ron Paul nuts scored a dismaying eight percent.

Now we'll go back to our obscurity for the next couple of years, until the fight over who gets the first primary heats up yet again.


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What is happening to your s... (Below threshold)

What is happening to your state, Jay?

Good report Jay.... (Below threshold)

Good report Jay.

Speaking of Massachusetts, ... (Below threshold)
John S:

Speaking of Massachusetts, the Hillary victory is only preliminary numbers. My polling place had 400 people standing in line to register to vote. If they were, say, bused in from Massachusetts and Vermont, their votes eventually will be disallowed. Remember Democrats have passed laws to prevent poll workers from checking IDs (you know, like Massachusetts driver's licenses).

I don't think that you can ... (Below threshold)
kevino:

I don't think that you can blame Massachusetts. Yes, workers from MA came up to campaign for Senator Clinton, but all Democratic candidates do that. The state is also turning more Blue as MA residents move here because MA becomes more unlivable.

The big story is that sisterhood came to rescue Hillary, and that story is going to repeat everywhere in the country. (Once the Clinton machine gets going, there is no way to stop it. If Senator Obama has a chance it has to be early.) What I saw in NH is huge numbers of women voters who came to the polls to vote for the woman. They have no idea about the issues, and many of them have never bothered to vote before. They saw poor Hillary being attacked by the "boys", and they came to defend her.

The related story is that it doesn't matter who the GOP nominates: they are going to get killed in the fall. If Hillary gets the nomination, hoards of these mindless automatons will vote for Hillary and a straight party-line Democratic ticket. They will come to make history, but while they are there, they will vote for Democrats. Popular GOP candidates will suddenly go down in flames as Democrats sweep elections across the country. (If Senator Obama wins, this will also happen in many areas, probably to a lesser extent.)

It is also interesting to see the age and gender gap. Older women were at the polls yesterday voting for Hillary. Younger voters were for Obama, but I just didn't see them voting.

And finally, Senator Edwards' supporters need to consider what Ross Perot's supports did: they split the anti-Clinton vote and made President Clinton's election possible. Edwards is splitting the anti-Clinton vote, and if he doesn't get out quickly, President Hillary Clinton is guaranteed.

Of course, that may be OK with some Edwards supports, but if not, they need to make a choice: is supporting Edwards positions more important than picking Obama over Hillary. I know several people who voted for Perot, and now regret inflicting Bill Clinton on the country.

I repeat what I've been saying for months: people need to start accepting the idea of President Hillary Clinton.

I am disappointed but not s... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am disappointed but not surprised with the results. I guarantee you that the callers to the radio show about Obama being a muslim and swearing in on the quoron were Hillary people. McCain is not a surprise. He lived in N.H.

Obama has no chance. Niether does McCain. ww

'I repeat what I've been sa... (Below threshold)
Michael:

'I repeat what I've been saying for months: people need to start accepting the idea of President Hillary Clinton.' - B.S.The United States is not New Hampshire. - get a life.

'I repeat what I've been sa... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

'I repeat what I've been saying for months: people need to start accepting the idea of President Hillary Clinton.' - B.S.The United States is not New Hampshire. - get a life.
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The Dems are so overcome with BDS that they are not considering the fact that none of these three are electable in a general election.

I woke up with the same tho... (Below threshold)

I woke up with the same thought this morning Jay - it's the fault of the massholes.

But even then, how do you explain Paul's 8%. Are 8% of NH residents truly certifiably crazy?

I hope they are going to ve... (Below threshold)
SarahConnor2:

I hope they are going to verify each and every vote carefully. These are the Clintons after all.

Michael:Do you rea... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Michael:

Do you really think that women in NH are that different? Specifically, do you really think that there aren't a huge number of voters out there who will gladly vote for her because she's a woman? This is universal.

For starters, read Gloria Steinem's piece in the NYT. It's one of the dumbest things she's ever written (and that's saying something), but she makes the case for President Hillary Clinton. In simple words, "It's time to elect a woman."

This is very hard to overcome. The Hillary surge over the last couple of days was certainly triggered by Hillary sitting with a group of women, getting a softball question from a woman, and then sort-of breaking down. They came to the polls to support her.

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There is another pattern emerging here, too. President Clinton meeting with voters, giving the one-two punch. She's can be firm, but he can do what Vice Presidential candidates do: full attack. The women voters love it because he's the husband supporting his wife's goals, and it reminds voters that a vote for Hillary is another "two-for-one" Presidency, with all of the allusions back to the good-old days of the Clinton years.

It's very effective.

It's too bad that in this t... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

It's too bad that in this time of great need, there is so little sports programming on TV.

John McCain is an hon... (Below threshold)
Proof:

John McCain is an honorable man. His military record and devotion to our country are absolutely unquestionable.

But he's just been so incredibly wrong on so many issues. I don't question his integrity or his dedication, but his judgment.

McCain was one-half of the team that brought us the insanely unconstitutional McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Law. (Yes, I know that it's been approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. It's my unscholarly opinion that they got it wrong.)
Dead bang on, Jay!

The Hildabeast lives.... (Below threshold)
retired military:

The Hildabeast lives.

"From hell's heart, I stab at thee...with my last breath, I spit at thee."

Did you expect anything else?

"...people who get fed up w... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"...people who get fed up with the Bay State's disgustingly high taxes and grotesque nanny-statism and... well, this is the state that gave the nation Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Mike Dukakis, Tip O'Neill, and Ted Kennedy. (Some things bear repeating.) They come north to get away from all that."

Besides the fact that none of those listed, except for Dukakis, would have any influence on local or state taxation or programs you failed to mention Romney as another local boy trusted on to the national stage, and helped create the nanny state you so hate.

Also, were you the only person in NH that voted for Thompson? Seems like it is you that does not belong

Jay,Be heartend th... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Jay,

Be heartend though, Clintons margins over Obama weren't that horrific, and if Obama is worth anything he should be able to overcome it. McCain had long been considered the likely winner from the NH primaries. McCain for all his flaws comes across well when it is crunch time.

I am not terribly suprised about Hillary though. Monday night and tuesday morning the MSM were pushing Hillary very, very hard. FOX news was probably most blatant about shilling for Hillary. Their coverage, which was not fair or balanced, did eveything but flash "Vote for Hillary." If the Fairness Doctrine was still in place (no, I'm not recommending it), the MSM would of melted down yesterday trying to keep score.

All in all, Rupert Murdoch came through for Hillary and provided that margin of difference. Coming in second in NH doesn't doom a campaign.

The 2 worst things about a ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

The 2 worst things about a Hillary candidacy is

1. She could possibly win it all. /shudder

2. We have to look at and hear her for the next 10 months. /shudder


I don't know of one single ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

I don't know of one single democrat woman who likes Hillary. It's hard to believe I know, but some democrat women are not stupid. I know, I know, shocking.

Barney, I said a long time ... (Below threshold)

Barney, I said a long time ago that I wouldn't bother to spell out things in detail, but I'm going to break that vow:

The same PEOPLE and the same MENTALITY that elected those gentlemen and put them on the national stage also have chosen to elect 100% Democrats to the Senate, Congress, all statewide offices, and over 85% of the legislature. Then, when things go to hell (as is only to be expected), they get fed up and come to New Hampshire.

Where those same PEOPLE with the same MENTALITY start re-creating the very same conditions that make Massachusetts so awful now here in New Hampshire. They demand more state services, which means more state employees, which means more state money, which means more taxes, and so on.

Kennedy, Kerry, et al are not CAUSES of the problems. They are SYMPTOMS.

Romney, bless him, did what he could. On the health care disaster, he was riding a tiger. It was going through with or without his help. He chose to try to take the lead and claim some of the credit, instead of having it go through as a defeat for him.

Bad choice, but he really didn't have a good one.

Thompson? It looks like he'll get just under 3,000 votes. I have no regrets. I looked at 'em all and voted for the one I thought would be the best president. He's running the kind of campaign that everyone says they want to see, and has the most serious platform out there. He's not playing the stupid games all the others are. And I like his positions on most issues.

J.

How hard would it have been... (Below threshold)
langtry:

How hard would it have been for the radio show's host to look up Snopes and read the "False" before reading the entry? How hard would it have been for him to look up Rep. Keith Ellison and realize it was he who took the oath on a Koran? I'm no fan of Obama, but this is the worst kind of misleading crap.

If I were his station's program director, I would force him to apologize on the air for being such an asshat. Then I would suspend or fire him, depending on whether or not I felt he would take the mistake seriously.

Langtry, the host has apolo... (Below threshold)

Langtry, the host has apologized extensively -- both yesterday and today. But the harm was done the instant she didn't immediately slap down the caller who was spouting off the standard "Obama is a cryptic Muslim" bullshit. That caller did the real harm; the host's fault was in not familiarizing herself beforehand with the story and being ready to smack it down.

An error of omission, not one of commission. She's learned a bit of a lesson, and hopefully it won't work again against Obama.

Like I have said, there are plenty of reasons to reject him without having to make up shit.

J.

Like I have said, there are... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

Like I have said, there are plenty of reasons to reject him without having to make up shit.
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Exactly. Obama can make up "facts" (ie lie) with a straight face.

McCain won NH the last time... (Below threshold)

McCain won NH the last time he ran for president. Only to lose his bid for POTUS. No surprise he won it again. And I'm willing to bet I know what will happen next.

Thompson knew he couldn't win in NH. He was there for face time in the debates only.(my guess anyway) He's in SC right now while, it seems, everyone else went to Michigan.

There's still hope since none of the candidates have one more than one state yet.

I heard one of those bab... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

I heard one of those babbling idiots call in a local talk show and ask if it was true that Obama was a secret Muslim who took his Senate oath of office on a Koran and all that bullshit.

I believe a viable political tactic to help deflect attention away from legitimate problems (issues) is to have bogus problems sensationalized. That way, the public is focused on the issues which are baseless and can easily be swatted down at the appropriate time and not on the larger more significant issue (e.g sekret Muslim vs no experience as a leader with bad policy).

Jay ~ Maybe you should buil... (Below threshold)

Jay ~ Maybe you should build a fence along the Massachusetts border.

Yeah, that should work . . .

> In 1965, Teddy blasted... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> In 1965, Teddy blasted critics of that bill by declaring that ""...our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually.... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset...."

The Act worked so well that the number of illegal aliens went from about one million in 1965 to six million in 1986.

That's 5 million in 21 years. Less than a quarter-million annually. Teddy was right!




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