Yay! The New Hampshire primary is over!
Now, all the candidates will scurry southward and westward to convince other people to vote for them. And they are likely all breathing a sigh of relief that they’re finally getting away from those pesky Granite Staters who ask too many questions, and won’t let them give their glib, polished answers, and show them their slick TV ads that say absolutely nothing. Running for president in New Hampshire is not easy!
I’ve been surprised to see the Associated Press headline declaring McCain and Clinton’s victories as “upsets”. All the news I was hearing from my on-the-ground sources (aka my family) is that both McCain and Clinton had been leading in the polls up there. Now, I know post-Saturday’s debate, Barack Obama enjoyed a surge of support. And if he had won, that would have been impressive. The fact that he and Clinton ran neck and neck all night speaks to a New Hampshire electorate that, for all anyone wants to say is not representative of America, does show that there is a desire among Democrats to see something very different in the country’s leadership. Face it: a woman or a black man leading our nation would be a huge change!
Much was made of Hilary Clinton becoming tearful on Monday. Tears are often confused as a sign of weakness in a person. I think people who don’t or won’t cry are deluding themselves into thinking they’re stronger than they really are. Tears help to wash away fears, and water our joys! And, given the destruction wrought on this nation by Dumbya and Darth Vader, we could all stand to have a good cry!
I know Richardson went back to New Mexico to do the business of being Governor, and likely re-evaluate his run for President. I really will be sorry to see him go if he drops out. I started to take a liking to him. But I’m paying attention to the words and actions of the other Democrats…especially Clinton and Obama.
And as for the Republicans…thanks New Hampshire! You independent-minded, Live Free or Die-types threw a bunch of tacks in the road and punctured the wheels of the Huckabee Humvee of Hating Homosexuals! His victory in Iowa sent a chill down my spine. I’m very pleased to see that, again, you showed the nation that, in New Hampshire, people who want to pummel other people with the Bible don’t go very far. And you put Mitt “What’s my position today?” Romney in his place. We’ll see what happens next in South Carolina. Apparently, McCain is going to make an appeal to evangelical voters. Ha, ha, ha! That’ll be interesting to see. I think it’s a lost cause myself. Huckabee’s Humvee of Hate will probably be a good sell in a state that harbors Bob Jones University. C'mon people: prove me wrong!
Florida votes on January 29th. Good luck to us!