Day 1 in NH: Heat and light

The Indy's man in New Hampshire offers daily dispatches from the NH primary.

One day after Barack Obama’s resounding victory in the Iowa caucuses, the former Illinois senator received a near messianic reception at a high school gym in Concord, while John Edwards told a more subdued convention room audience in Portsmouth that his nominal second-place victory proved he could “stand up to monied candidates.”

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thanks for posting this!

It's a great description. Feel free to put up an excerpt or two to get folks interested in reading.

For the record, it's best to put your "teaser" in the "teaser" box and in the main box as well, or just put every thing in the main box, and use the break tag, which is the one just to the left of the check mark at the top of the comment box. Otherwise the Gods of DrupalBlueNC decide for you where your teaser ends.

Here's a taste:

Edwards’ “town hall” speech in Portsmouth, delivered with precision and humor, was far from Obama’s frenetic performance in Concord. While both candidates largely stuck to their stump speeches, Edwards talked about his opponents more openly and carefully outlined their differences in policy. (Unlike Edwards, Obama did not mention his opponents by name.) Notably, Edwards acknowledged that his and Clinton’s health-care plans were nearly identical, while arguing that Obama’s plan, which would not require health insurance of all Americans, was not truly universal.

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In a rare moment of humor, Obama mocked the more widespread—and seemingly ineffective—charge of his political inexperience, by affecting what sounded like Dave Chappelle’s straight-guy accent:

“People will be saying, ‘I know you were feeling really good yesterday, and were really inspired, but you know what? Obama has not been in Washington long enough. He needs to be seasoned and stewed. We need boil all the hope out of him, so he’s like us and then he’ll be ready to lead this country.”

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However, one Clinton supporter, who wished to remain anonymous, said Bill Clinton sounded more tired and “flat,” and the audience less enthusiastic, than she had seen before the Iowa caucuses, in which Clinton finished third among Democrats. She said that Bill Clinton acknowledged placing third was a “disappointment.” Asked if she still hoped for a Clinton victory in New Hampshire, though, she quickly got behind her candidate: “‘Hope’ is for Obama. Clinton does. I’m confident she will win.”

I can't imagine Bill Clinton sounding "flat" in a speech, but I guess he's getting old.

Great article - go read it!

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Independent

Lisa Sorg is the Editor at Independent Weekly. A reporter and former who moved up to that position she still investigates and writes and wears many hats. I think this story is moving fast for a weekly. Maybe we can work something out to feed content through BlueNC.

I think that's a great idea.

RSS? something.

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No open thread?

For this debate from New Hampshire?

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracts. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Democratic Candidates

What concerns me is Obama seems "too managed" and by that I mean, speaks with a lot of style but says very little, stages things a little too much, and looks a little too polished.

What conerns me is Edwards seems ready to stomp his foot and yell about his passion. Don't get me wrong, I agree with him, but he is starting to look like the angry lawyer and he still has not learned that you can fight in a courtroom and there is a winner and loser, but politics does not work the same way - we all lose in the fight.

What concerns me is Hillary may know too much.

I am a Bill Richardson guy. He has the experience, the resume, the demeanor, the poise and the know-how. He has the range. But, as is usually the case, he does not have the "operation" and the "money" which is unfortunate. My hope is he is someone's running mate for the VP role. And he stays in it.

Richardson seemed all over the place in the NH debate

He seemed desparate to get his points in, so much that he didn't answer the questions that were asked. I felt like I was listening to an older relative who couldn't quite follow the conversation. He didn't make me feel confident at all. I wouldn't want him as a VP candidate, because that would mean there is a possibility of him being POTUS. I don't think he'd be good at that.

I disagree about Obama being "managed" - I thought he seemed reasoned and well-balanced, one of the best performances I've seen him give in a "debate" situation. Edwards was passionate - I think it was the tone he has to take in NH, where he was showing a lower 3rd in the polls.

Hillary came off more as a actress and letting her emotions get the better of her. Unlike others, I didn't like her coy "That hurts my feelings" bit. Bullshit. She knows how people feel about her. Don't play. This is too important.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

No Strategy

I firmly believe that Richardson looked all over the place because he has no strategy. At least in Iowa, it seemed like he had an idea going into the caucuses about what he had to do to keep his campaign afloat. I don't think anyone, myself included, thought that he'd get so throughly trounced. Now he's going to New Hampshire, polling in single digits, with these rumors of a deal in Iowa with the Obama campaign around his neck, and wants to play nice? He had to really go after everyone last night and instead, he wanted to play Mr. Nice Guy?

Beyond that, why go to New Hampshire at all, if you're Richardson? You can't possibly win there--leave Edwards, Clinton and Obama to duke it out--so why not camp out alone in Nevada for a few weeks before they caucus? He's actually got a shot at pulling something together there--why waste what little money his campaign probably has left in the Boston media market? He can make inroads with the unions, reach out to Hispanic voters and do whatever it is that actually got him elected in another Southwestern state.

This guy wants back into Washington so bad, he's delusional. My opinion of hostage takers is dramatically lessened, if this guy successful negotiated with them.

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracts. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Ouch

My opinion of hostage takers is dramatically lessened, if this guy successful negotiated with them.

Coming from you that really stings. You're always so reasonable and kind. Why that, that's almost mean. :)



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He didn't say he was successful

My opinion of hostage takers is dramatically lessened, if this guy successful negotiated with them.

He only said he'd negotiated with them.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi