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McCain/Schilling 08

December 4, 2007

Tomorrow.  Manchester.

Red Arrow Diner and Bill Richardson

September 3, 2007

What a blast from the past. Retro. Tiny. Cozy. Cheap Eats. A line out the door. I wonder if it is like that all the time. One thing about people in New Hampshire-they sure are friendly. It was easy to strike up conversation with people in line with me. Topic? The primary. One woman I spoke with surprised me. She said she didn’t like ANYONE running. Biggest field in a lifetime, and no one met her standards. Oh well. Maybe Al Gore will run. Fred is getting in this week, maybe she likes him. I should have asked.

Governor Richardson arrived and worked his way through the diner. Very down to earth, very good at retail politics. He stopped to say hello to every patron. He made an exceptionally short speech-literally saying he supports NH First in the Nation status, and hey, doesn’t he deserve a look-see?

Bill and Hillary Clinton tomorrow …

September 1, 2007

Can’t wait.

John Edwards- More Clinton than Hillary.

July 30, 2007

I like Edwards. I like McCain. I like Senator Clinton. However, I LOVE the New Hampshire Primary. Senator Edwards was in NH for three days and I got to see him in Londonderry. What a great speaker. It is too bad Obama and Clinton are sucking all the oxygen out of the primary right now.

In 1998, serial campaign loser Bob Shrum told some of his colleagues that Edwards had the potential to be president. Maybe 2008 is his year (Edwards, not Shrum-he has supposedly retired from consulting).

Edwards gave a 20 minute stump speech that was thoughtful, funny and very populist. He seems to be running much more liberal than in ’04. Good for him-maybe this is the ‘Edwards Unplugged’ or ‘Edwards 2.0’. Whatever you want to call him, he has the grasp of the issues, a focus on the middle class and he actually seems to enjoy campaigning. The Senator stayed and talked with people after the event was over, signed autographs and posed for photos. (Please note: Barack Obama will not pose for photos with individual people at campaign stops-I guess he is too busy now. Doesn’t that violate some sort of NH primary ethics?)

Senator Edwards is very Clintonesque-in the political sense, not Monica sense. Bill is already taken as the best campaign advisor, but Hillary may be ‘out Clintoned’ by John Edwards- his personality, his populism and his grasp of the issues are very much reminiscent of 42.

Data mining, micro targeting: What subscriber lists would candidates like to buy?

July 24, 2007

The Boston Globe recently reported that Governor Romney bought subscriber lists from Newsmax.com in order to better reach potential voters. Giuliani did as well. What if other candidates did the same thing? What magazines would the 17 (or 19- including Newtie and Fred) go after? Below are my serious and not so serious suggestions, based on political beliefs or that somehow the title or genre of the magazine says something about the respective candidate. If any of the campaigns want more of my advice on who to solicit, send me an email. (Note: Dems get priority.)

Dems (in no particular order)
John Edwards- The Nation
Dennis Kucinich- Utne Reader
Bill Richardson- Foreign Affairs (look at his resume)
Barack Obama- Time Magazine (middle of the road)
Hillary Clinton- Rolling Stone (baby boomers and Gen X and Y)
Mike Gravel- Mad Magazine (no disrespect to its readers!)
Chris Dodd- AARP Magazine
Joe Biden- drawing a blank here. Got a suggestion?

GOP (in no order)
Tom Tancredo-help me out
Sam Brownback-National Liberty Journal (from the Moral Majority)
Ron Paul- The Freeman
Mitt Romney-The Weekly Standard
Rudy Giuliani-Cigar Aficianado
Tommy Thompson- help me out
Mike Huckabee-Weight Watchers
Fred Thompson-Variety Magazine
John McCain-Soldier of Fortune

July 4th on the campaign trail

July 4, 2007

New Hampshire is great. Note to the National Democratic Party: Don’t mess with the First in the Nation primary status. Where else will you find candidates doing retail politicking? First off was the Merrimack Rotary Club breakfast. I paid my $6, grabbed some good food and met Duncan Hunter (R). Very nice guy, but most people that I spoke with at the breakfast had no idea who he was. Maybe he needs more face time in the Granite State. According to a WMUR/UNH poll in mid June, ‘No Opinion’ beat Hunter in the polls, 8% to 0%. I wonder if ‘No Opinion’ has one of those “I’m a Healthcare Voter” stickers to wear.

Then it was on to the Amherst NH Parade.  The theme this year was the NH Primary.  The ‘rcok stars’ of the Dems, Clinton and Obama had the largest group of staffers and volunteers, with Edwards and Dodd right behind.   The Biden group seemed the smallest, but they won bonus points for having a dog with a Biden for President shirt on.

On the Republican side, Tancredo gets props for having a HUGE truck, almost one of those you see in the commercials for the Monster Truck Mash (ummm, ok, maybe not-it was just a big truck).  The Giuliani camp had a Segway, a sweet looking vette and a small group of parade walkers. McCain, the best Republican IMO, had a small group of staffers and volunteers.  Question to anyone who wants to answer: Why does the GOP beat on McCain so badly? The Romney crew had a good turnout as well, but I got the sense they were all paid staffers and NO volunteers.  Just a feeling, no hard evidence there.

If you were there, or follow the NH Primary or want to comment, please do!  Tell me what you think!