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My Thoughts on the New Hampshire Primary

January 9, 2008

 Cross posted on Grizzly Groundswell

 Well, the primary is over. The candidates have moved out, headed to their latest destinations. The constant poll phone calls have ended. The relentless television commercials are over, the mailboxes are no longer stuffed with campaign mailers, and New Hampshire returns to normalcy. As the lawn signs come down it is time to ponder what has happened here.

 I tried to write this post this morning before work, but my heart just wasn’t in it. The passion was missing. When I sit down and start typing there is a passion that takes over, I know how corny that sounds, but it is true. There is something that takes over when you are fighting for what you believe in, even if it is only from behind a keyboard. I started typing two or three times and couldn’t find the words, so I went to work and decided to think about why I couldn’t motivate myself to write.

 Well, I have come down off the ledge and am ready to get back to work. To quote Rocky Balboa from Rocky 6, (yes I went to the movies to see it, and it was good), “it’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” I am ready to fight some more.

I realized what was bothering me, and it wasn’t the fact that my candidate lost. I have been through that before. It was that New Hampshire lost, at least the New Hampshire that I want. In November of 2006, New Hampshire lost her head, in January of 2008, New Hampshire lost her soul.

 I am not going to use this post to analyze how John McCain won, what demographics voted for who, or how Hillary won, that has been done by many people over the last twenty four hours. I am going to use this post to talk about the future of New Hampshire.

 My head has been telling me for a while now that New Hampshire would go through one more Democrat dominated election this November, but after that I thought Republicans would rebound and regain control. My heart was telling me that New Hampshire residents would be so fed up with the liberal agenda that was passed last year, the increased spending, and the nanny state regulations that a Republican might take back the governorship this year. I know my heart is wrong, that is why you never bet with your heart. But now I know my head was also wrong. The Democrat’s liberal agenda and tax and spend policies are here to stay. It is going to be a long hard battle to bring New Hampshire back to the good side.

 So why do I say this? Many exit polls showed John McCain’s experience as a main reason some Republicans voted for him during a time of war. But that can’t be all. Most Americans want the war to be over now, so I find it hard to believe that a majority of Republicans voted for him because of his pro-surge policy. What is McCain most famous for? Amnesty for illegals,(a liberal idea), and blocking conservative judges, (a liberal commandment). He sides with Democrats way to often and even earned the endorsement of Joe Lieberman. This is proof, in his eyes, that he can work with Democrats to bring forth “change”.  McCain has jumped on this mantra of using his experience to “change”Washington, ala Hillary Clinton. This is what I think may have drawn in many Republicans, and it is disheartening. The Independents who voted in the Republican party voted for McCain. They are most likely looking for a candidate of “change”.

 Let us look at what this “change” encompasses. To John McCain, “change” means negotiating with, and siding with, Democrats. That may sound all well and good. What’s wrong with two sides working out a compromise? I’ll tell you. It’s the fact that liberals never change. They may say they are compromising, but it is always the conservatives who must give concessions to the liberals. In other words when you negotiate a deal with a liberal, you become less conservative and more liberal. A liberal never becomes more conservative. This is the candidate that New Hampshire Republicans and Independents want? A man willing to give in to liberals, just to say he affected change?

 Sixty percent of Independents voted in the Democrat primary. They want change, they crave change, they demand change. It doesn’t even matter if they voted for Clinton or Obama, they voted for who they felt could give them change. Again change meaning more liberal. I don’t even need to mention that all the Democrats want change.

 The third dynamic that will lead to liberal dominance in New Hampshire for years to come is this: young voters, and first time voters turned out in record numbers. These voters were energized and guess what they wanted- change. More liberalism.

 Republicans in New Hampshire ready to compromise their principles, coupled with an angry and motivated Democrat base, and left leaning Independent vote, followed by young uninformed liberal voters who will be voting for years to come, means that New Hampshire’s independent, (note the small i and not the capitol I), citizens are going to become a thing of the past as we slowly fade into nanny state zombies who need to be told what is good and bad for us.

rocky1.jpgNew Hampshire’s liberal dominated government is here to stay for a long while. I realized that I, and all the other conservatives out there in New Hampshire, took a beating yesterday. I was bloodied and beaten, but I have risen off the mat and am now ready to continue the fight for what I believe in.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. kevino permalink
    January 10, 2008 1:48 pm

    I disagree with some of your logic, but I agree with you conclusion: liberal policies are here to stay, and it will be a long road back to sanity.

    Many of the young people that I saw in NH were energized and working for candidates, but that’s only part of the story. Senator Clinton won with middle-aged and older women going to the polls, and I saw a lot more of them actually voting than young people. More young voters may have voted than in years past, but in years past young voters just weren’t a factor.

    The reason why liberal policies are here to stay is that the older NH voters want lots of “free stuff” from their government, and they don’t care what it does to the country. We have already reached a point in this country where 51% get some kind of direct benefits from the State, and as the population ages, that will get worse. The Clinton-Obama conflict is a struggle between those that want more from their government and those that will have to pay for it. And the boomers are winning. (While most of Obama’s young supports just haven’t figured that they’ll be stuck with the check.)

    The other reason is the basic change in NH politics: liberals from MA, fleeing the intolerable conditions they created in MA, have moved to NH in huge numbers. If they had any brains, of course, they would not try to mess up this state the way they messed up their old state. Of course, if they had any brains they wouldn’t be liberals.


  2. January 10, 2008 7:42 pm

    That’s a great analysis, Steve. I can see why your being tapped to write elsewhere 🙂

    You hit the nail right on the head when it comes to McCain and his premise of “change.” What pisses me off is that people keep tauting “change” and assuming that any change is a good thing. People aren’t stopping to consider that change can be for the worse and that change for the sake of change is not a good thing at all.


  3. January 11, 2008 9:43 pm

    Thanks Ryan, that’s what bothers me also, people want change without even knowing ehat the change is. As the old saying goue, be careful what you wish for…

    Kevino, you make a great point. I can never understand how people who leave Ma. can come here and then vote the same type of politicians in that are responsible for the mess they were leaving in the first place. How can these people not see that it is their politics that is fucking everythin up?


  4. January 12, 2008 10:24 am

    People don’t learn lessons like they should…

    In 2006, they voted based on a “wish” and they got something else entirely not realizing that their selfish wish had severe repercussion…

    But did they learn? No. They’re ding the same damn things once again.

    You said it. Be careful what you wish for…


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