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Obama: Fired up, ready to go.

December 20, 2007

Getting close to Primary Day. I drove to the Radisson in Manchester to see Senator Obama speak. Every group was there-global warming, NH Healthcare and NH Priorities. Saw a rep from the Sierra Club there too.

One year ago I saw Obama speak in the same place, the Armory at the Radission. It was the NHDP fundraiser with 1,500 attendees. The Senator spoke for a bit and literally signed autographs and posed for photos with every single person who requested it. I waited til the room was almost empty to see if he would do it. That, for me, made it clear he was going to be a 2008 candidate.

Fast forward to December 19, 2007: Obama is on an upswing in the early states, people in Manchester are bragging about the Oprah visit and Senator Obama is still drawing huge crowds. He spoke for about 45 minutes, took a few questions, and signed autographs (got one!). Access is much tighter than it was last December. There were plenty of Secret Service and a metal gate kept the unwashed masses away from the Senator.

What did he talk about? Specifics-which seemed different than other times I have seen him speak. The event last night was the 3rd time I have seen him as an official 2008 candidate. Listening to him, you cannot help being motivated. This man could really be President! I love all the cadidates, but I think Obama is got my vote last night. Doesn’t mean I still won’t window shop the other candidates though.

I also met David Broder, a syndicated columnist. Class act, good writer.

See you on the campaign trail as the last 19 days heat up.

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October 16, 2007

Mark Halperin, formerly author of ABC’s The Note, now works for Time Magazine. He is the author of The Page, a political-palooza. It is published today. When I am done with this entry, I am going to pick it up. His prior book, The Way to Win, is probably one of the best books I have ever read, at least when it comes to nonfiction. This guy knows his politics.

Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich

October 16, 2007

Now, how much of a chance do these guys have? Are they tilting at windmills? Either way, they definitely add flavor to the debates. I drove to Hollis NH, to the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility. All candidates were invited to this event, but Gravel and Kucinich signed on.

The event? A meeting put on by NH Association for Independent Voters. I have to be honest. I bailed after meeting Senator Gravel-got the photo and the autograph and I was out of there. Ideally, I would have stayed for an afternoon of exposure to new ideas and so forth, but I wanted to get home. Therefore, yours truly cannot provide a synopsis. The Nashua Telegraph has a nice writeup here. I must say the people who are part of NH CIV could not have been any nicer. I also must say the Kucinich groupies are a bunch of moonbats. Kucinich was late, and I could not be bothered.

Two words you will never see together: Kucinich Administration