Monthly Archive: February 2016

The picture comes into sharper focus.

Take a good look at the photograph above. More and more it looks like the choice that we’re going to face in November. Just over a month ago, on Jan. 17, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, speaking of Donald Trump, said, “The guy’s entertaining for sure. But he’s not going...

Gettin’ his Nancy Pelosi on.

Donald Trump has so far been unstoppable. Evidence of his unstoppability began shortly after his formal announcement for office. Appearing at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa in July Trump went after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saying, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he...

Down to the only poll that counts in New Hampshire

Countless polls have been taken. Millions of words have been written and spoken. But here in New Hampshire, we’re about to get the last word from the only poll that really counts. We went out on the street to polling places to talk to voters in Manchester. The video is a...

So why is New Hampshire first?

Why is New Hampshire the first state every year to hold a presidential primary? One answer is because it’s state law. By statute, New Hampshire is required to set a date that pre-dates every other state primary. If some state sets an earlier date, New Hampshire by law must move its...

Will the RNC try a takedown on Trump?

Both parties are a bit flummoxed this primary season. The Democrats are dealing with the persistent weakness of presumed nominee Hillary Clinton, and the resulting surprise strength of the quirky self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. On the GOP side, it was assumed that Jeb Bush, with his intimidating mountain of cash...

Where are the Republican protesters?

I’m struck by the fact that at every GOP candidate appearance that I’ve ever covered, going back to the New Hampshire Primary of 2008, there have been protesters outside. No GOP event is truly complete without them. Yesterday, at the Hudson, NH town hall for Marco Rubio, this group was waiting...

Marco Rubio upbeat at town hall after rough debate performance

It is generally agreed that Sen. Marco Rubio was manhandled by Gov. Chris Christie at Saturday night’s GOP debate. Rubio came into New Hampshire with a lot of momentum that may have all been forfeited by his walking into the traps that Christie kept laying for him. Nevertheless, Rubio was...

Is Hillary rattled?

Memories of 2008 have to he haunting Hillary Clinton here in New Hampshire. Before the 2008 presidential primary season, Mrs. Clinton was widely regarded as the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic Party nomination. Those expectations began to unravel at the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, where she managed only a third...

Iowa’s big winner was Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz leaves Iowa with the official victory and Donald Trump leaves as a second place finisher but the real winner in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday night was Florida senator Marco Rubio. Rubio finished just one percentage point behind Donald Trump is last night’s caucuses and only five percentage...