Axis of fedora wrap up- Gonzo journalism sans drugs or booze and the last batch of NH videos and photos

by Datechguy | January 12th, 2012

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Axis of fedora wrap up- Gonzo journalism sans drugs or booze and the last batch of NH videos and photos

My apolo­gies for the late­ness of this post but after going the full gonzo dur­ing the NH pri­mary (with­out ben­e­fit of alco­hol, drugs or cof­fee) and an utter fail­ure despite my body’s best efforts, to fall asleep at the wheel on the ride home with Stacy McCain at 3 a.m. Wednes­day ‚and the break­ing of assorted speed limit laws while dri­ving Stacy to the air­port I was not phys­i­cally able to stay awake long enough to get this last post up until now.

One aspect of Morn­ing Joe that I didn’t men­tion was not­ing how the live bit reminded me of a stage play with the peo­ple involved rush­ing to get ready dur­ing com­mer­cial breaks

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The bit with Willie Geist doing the town hall paid off in terms of prep time

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The live pub loca­tion also meant the green room was pretty much the Pub bar or the chair before going live.

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After Morn­ing Joe was over I went out look­ing for Bar­ni­cle hop­ing to score an inter­view. I couldn’t find up down­stairs so I headed for Radio row fig­ur­ing he might park be grab­bing some interviews.

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It turned out he had not how­ever I was informed that Gov Hunts­man took the oppor­tu­nity to hit Radio Row after Morn­ing Joe. In ret­ro­spect it was a wise move.

At this point I had been up for about 28 hours and I had to find a place to get my posts ready etc I looked for a place to plug-​in but the only plugs I spot­ted untaken were at the top of the stairs head­ing to the radio row. Unfor­tu­nately there was no chair avail­able (the CBS Radio room had extras but when I asked for one I was informed they weren’t allowed to give them out. As I have absolutely no dig­nity when it comes to report­ing I plugged in my PC, took off the sweater I was wear­ing and laid it down on the floor, crossed my legs to and sat down at the top of the stairs on my sweater to do my work.

This actu­ally worked to my advan­tage as those stairs were the pri­mary access point to Radio Row so almost every­one head­ing there had to pass by me…

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…quite a few inter­views took place right in front of me…

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…and I could see if any­thing of inter­est hap­pened near the CNN setup downstairs

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After I fin­ished writ­ing and sched­ul­ing posts (a slow process as my brain func­tions were slow­ing down con­sid­er­ably I called Stacy McCain who I dropped off at GROK land at approx­i­mately 3:15 a.m. He was up and I offered to come and pick him up, he said he could get a ride here at 2 p.m. and sug­gested that I might con­sider crash­ing some­where. This was in ret­ro­spect a sen­si­ble sug­ges­tion as I was at the 30 hour mark and after a night at the bar meet­ing peo­ple
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and mak­ing friends

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I was in no con­di­tion to drive, absence of alco­hol not with­stand­ing and crash­ing some­where was infi­nitely prefer­able to crash­ing while dri­ving to pick Stacy up. So I packed up my com­puter and looked for a chair, ANY chair and as luck would have it Michael Gra­ham was inex­plic­a­bly doing show-​prep in an uncom­fort­able chair with an incred­i­bly com­fort­able chair empty next to him.

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He informed me the chair wasn’t taken and so I sat in it at once, looped my lap­top bag around my leg, wrapped by scarf around my eyes and tilted my Stet­son style hat over my eyes. The non-​fedora paid off as the wider brim blocked out every­one else and I was asleep within minutes.

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Around 3:15 or so I woke up. The first sight I saw was Fin­gers Mal­loy sit­ting across from me talk­ing to an incred­i­bly attrac­tive woman I know from some­where but whose name escapes me.

After assur­ances that I was not only saw­ing logs for about 15 min­utes (was he keep­ing count?) I sud­denly noticed that Rick San­to­rum picked that moment to come out of the hall right in front of me and head to radio row. Instantly fully awake I grabbed my cam­era and started recording:

I was a tad per­turbed at my ejec­tion from the radio room but it could be jus­ti­fied for three good rea­sons: 1. The place was swamped. 2. WCRN did not have a table there. 3. After hav­ing just woken up in a chair after 30 hours straight of being awake I was less pre­sentable than Ver­min Supreme on a bad hair day. (The irony that the pre­vi­ous night the occu­piers assured me that they show­ered as I stood in the room unshow­ered for 33 hours was not lost on me) I did think how­ever that clos­ing the door on me so I couldn’t take still shots was bad form and uncalled for.

and hey at least being kicked out of Radio row where less that 6 hours ear­lier I was wel­come and less than 24 hours ear­lier I was on the Michael Gra­ham show was at least a story.

At this point I called Stacy again and this time he was ready for me, so I hopped in the car to go pick him up grab­bing gas along the way.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_33878” align=“aligncenter” width=“450” caption=“and those are the tobacco prices in the Cheap state of NH”][/​caption]

Stacy being Stacy he wasn’t ready when I got there but that gave me time to fin­ish a Rosary before we left for the Der­ry­Field Restaurant

There was a back room near the bar that was setup as an alter­na­tive fil­ing room, I set up there with Stacy even though he had a place in the front and pre­pared to eat

While set­ting up in the back I noticed a table of fel­lows tak­ing a look at us, never one to pass up the chance to talk to vot­ers I went over and talked. It turned out the party included the owner of the place. Like many restau­ran­teurs I’ve inter­viewed he talked about the need to be care­ful about expenses dur­ing harder times while keep­ing up qual­ity. One method used is this 3 – 7 Menu:

[cap­tion id=“attachment_33880” align=“aligncenter” width=“450” caption=“that’s quite a deal”][/​caption]

I passed that menu around a bit and a lot of folks took advan­tage of it. I had the plain pizza as an appe­tizer, it was first-​rate. Stacy had the Pep­per­oni for Sup­per. Ed Mor­ris­sey had the Crab Cakes.

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As the returns came in, it was appar­ent that my bet was pretty much doomed thanks to democ­rats who choose to vote Hunts­man over Pres­i­dent Obama (who drew just under 49,000 votes fail­ing to out-​poll Ron Paul but edg­ing Ver­min supreme.) but that appar­ently thanks to the lack of an air game due to the time already pur­chased, the SOPA issue and Todd Palin’s endorse­ment of Newt Gin­grich 4th place would be a bat­tle as each can­di­date took turns in the spot.
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After Rom­ney, Paul and Hunts­man spoke Sen­a­tor San­to­rum arrived.

I thought the snark when he was intro­duced as the “Next pres­i­dent of the United States” as is tra­di­tional was uncalled for and unpro­fes­sional. Sen­a­tor San­to­rum took the stage with his wife, daugh­ter and son mak­ing his case:


He then greeted sup­port­ers for a bit

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The final num­bers gave Newt a 49 vote edge over San­to­rum. That was painful but it could be worse con­sider these numbers.

UPDATE New fig­ures from the Sec of state of NH just up show San­to­rum edged Gin­grich by 138!

Rick Perry ® 1766

Ver­min Supreme (d) 831

A sit­ting gov­er­nor of Texas man­aged to edge this fellow

[cap­tion id=“attachment_33882” align=“aligncenter” width=“220” caption=“Vermin Supreme: Image via Wikipedia”][/​caption]

by under 1000 votes.

And you want me to be wor­ried about Rick San­to­rum miss­ing 4th by 50 win­ning 4th by 138 votes

Around 11 p.m. or so Stacy was com­plain­ing about upload speeds so we pre­pared to leave:

I sug­gested we head to my house where he could upload but he pre­ferred the Radi­son, so we headed there giv­ing a lift to a fel­low from the Wall Street Jour­nal and I went over to J D’s pub to wait for Stacy who said he would only be an hour.

I ran into Fin­gers again along with Kerry Picket. One of the Democ­rats on the bal­lot showed up hold­ing this sign

I would have done an inter­view but I was still too tired to do it coher­ently how­ever some­thing some­one said, I don’t remem­ber who it was inspired the muse and got me writ­ing a piece that I’ll fin­ish today for post­ing tomor­row, the writ­ing was slow as I was a tad tired but I shortly noticed some of the guys I thought had done the Morn­ing Joe setup 24 hours ear­lier. So I packed up look­ing for Stacy and found him hob­nob­bing near the front desk and we were on the road by 2:15 a.m.

It was slightly annoy­ing for Stacy to keep ask­ing me if I knew where I was going and if I was awake but in the end that helped keep me awake and uncrashed.

We got to the house at 3 a.m. but there was an issue with his board­ing pass. It was just too late to worry about it I hit that sack fig­ur­ing I’d fix the issue in the morn­ing. The plan had been to leave by 8:30 to get Stacy to the Air­port at 10, but I woke up at 9:30. I woke up Stacy and had him log onto my lap­top and print his passes from there while I rushed his bags into the car. Thanks to a total dis­re­gard for speed lim­its and ignor­ing my usual dis­dain for toll roads I man­aged to make it to logan air­port before 11 a.m.

My plans to hit the sack when I got home were unfor­tu­nately shat­tered by cir­cum­stances so I started upload­ing the videos and pho­tos that you have just seen lit­er­ally falling asleep at the key­board until I woke up this morn­ing to tell you this tale.

Update 2:
Fixed the Wasserman-​Schultz photo that didn’t scale properly

My apologies for the lateness of this post but after going the full gonzo during the NH primary (without benefit of alcohol, drugs or coffee) and an utter failure despite my body’s best efforts, to fall asleep at the wheel on the ride home with Stacy McCain at 3 a.m. Wednesday ,and the breaking of assorted speed limit laws while driving Stacy to the airport I was not physically able to stay awake long enough to get this last post up until now.

One aspect of Morning Joe that I didn’t mention was noting how the live bit reminded me of a stage play with the people involved rushing to get ready during commercial breaks

Chris Matthews prepares for his appearance on Morning Joe

The bit with Willie Geist doing the town hall paid off in terms of prep time

Joe Scarborough speaks with Sen Rick Santorum

The live pub location also meant the green room was pretty much the Pub bar or the chair before going live.

Dan Rather prepares for his segment

After Morning Joe was over I went out looking for Barnicle hoping to score an interview. I couldn’t find up downstairs so I headed for Radio row figuring he might park be grabbing some interviews.

The morning team of Margery Eagan and Jim Braude for 96.9 FM


It turned out he had not however I was informed that Gov Huntsman took the opportunity to hit Radio Row after Morning Joe. In retrospect it was a wise move.

At this point I had been up for about 28 hours and I had to find a place to get my posts ready etc I looked for a place to plug-in but the only plugs I spotted untaken were at the top of the stairs heading to the radio row. Unfortunately there was no chair available (the CBS Radio room had extras but when I asked for one I was informed they weren’t allowed to give them out. As I have absolutely no dignity when it comes to reporting I plugged in my PC, took off the sweater I was wearing and laid it down on the floor, crossed my legs to and sat down at the top of the stairs on my sweater to do my work.

This actually worked to my advantage as those stairs were the primary access point to Radio Row so almost everyone heading there had to pass by me…

Bret Baier from Fox News Walks by

…quite a few interviews took place right in front of me…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz interviewed by CBS radio

…and I could see if anything of interest happened near the CNN setup downstairs

I've seen those two somewhere before...

After I finished writing and scheduling posts (a slow process as my brain functions were slowing down considerably I called Stacy McCain who I dropped off at GROK land at approximately 3:15 a.m. He was up and I offered to come and pick him up, he said he could get a ride here at 2 p.m. and suggested that I might consider crashing somewhere. This was in retrospect a sensible suggestion as I was at the 30 hour mark and after a night at the bar meeting people

Chris from unregular radio tries on one of my hats

and making friends

The Boston Phoenix and the American Spectator were well represented at DaBar

I was in no condition to drive, absence of alcohol not withstanding and crashing somewhere was infinitely preferable to crashing while driving to pick Stacy up. So I packed up my computer and looked for a chair, ANY chair and as luck would have it Michael Graham was inexplicably doing show-prep in an uncomfortable chair with an incredibly comfortable chair empty next to him.

Michael Graham hard at work 3 hours later

He informed me the chair wasn’t taken and so I sat in it at once, looped my laptop bag around my leg, wrapped by scarf around my eyes and tilted my Stetson style hat over my eyes. The non-fedora paid off as the wider brim blocked out everyone else and I was asleep within minutes.

No I did not take this photo of Breitbart on Radio Row in my sleep

Around 3:15 or so I woke up. The first sight I saw was Fingers Malloy sitting across from me talking to an incredibly attractive woman I know from somewhere but whose name escapes me.

After assurances that I was not only sawing logs for about 15 minutes (was he keeping count?) I suddenly noticed that Rick Santorum picked that moment to come out of the hall right in front of me and head to radio row. Instantly fully awake I grabbed my camera and started recording:

I was a tad perturbed at my ejection from the radio room but it could be justified for three good reasons: 1. The place was swamped. 2. WCRN did not have a table there. 3. After having just woken up in a chair after 30 hours straight of being awake I was less presentable than Vermin Supreme on a bad hair day. (The irony that the previous night the occupiers assured me that they showered as I stood in the room unshowered for 33 hours was not lost on me) I did think however that closing the door on me so I couldn’t take still shots was bad form and uncalled for.

and hey at least being kicked out of Radio row where less that 6 hours earlier I was welcome and less than 24 hours earlier I was on the Michael Graham show was at least a story.

At this point I called Stacy again and this time he was ready for me, so I hopped in the car to go pick him up grabbing gas along the way.

and those are the tobacco prices in the Cheap state of NH

Stacy being Stacy he wasn’t ready when I got there but that gave me time to finish a Rosary before we left for the DerryField Restaurant

There was a back room near the bar that was setup as an alternative filing room, I set up there with Stacy even though he had a place in the front and prepared to eat

While setting up in the back I noticed a table of fellows taking a look at us, never one to pass up the chance to talk to voters I went over and talked. It turned out the party included the owner of the place. Like many restauranteurs I’ve interviewed he talked about the need to be careful about expenses during harder times while keeping up quality. One method used is this 3-7 Menu:

that's quite a deal

I passed that menu around a bit and a lot of folks took advantage of it. I had the plain pizza as an appetizer, it was first-rate. Stacy had the Pepperoni for Supper. Ed Morrissey had the Crab Cakes.

Stacy and the Santorum crew

As the returns came in, it was apparent that my bet was pretty much doomed thanks to democrats who choose to vote Huntsman over President Obama (who drew just under 49,000 votes failing to out-poll Ron Paul but edging Vermin supreme.) but that apparently thanks to the lack of an air game due to the time already purchased, the SOPA issue and Todd Palin’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich 4th place would be a battle as each candidate took turns in the spot.

The Senator arrives


After Romney, Paul and Huntsman spoke Senator Santorum arrived.

I thought the snark when he was introduced as the “Next president of the United States” as is traditional was uncalled for and unprofessional. Senator Santorum took the stage with his wife, daughter and son making his case:


He then greeted supporters for a bit

Senator and Mrs. Santorum with supporter


The final numbers gave Newt a 49 vote edge over Santorum. That was painful but it could be worse consider these numbers.

UPDATE New figures from the Sec of state of NH just up show Santorum edged Gingrich by 138!

Rick Perry (r) 1766

Vermin Supreme (d) 831

A sitting governor of Texas managed to edge this fellow

Vermin Supreme: Image via Wikipedia

by under 1000 votes.

And you want me to be worried about Rick Santorum missing 4th by 50 winning 4th by 138 votes

Around 11 p.m. or so Stacy was complaining about upload speeds so we prepared to leave:

I suggested we head to my house where he could upload but he preferred the Radison, so we headed there giving a lift to a fellow from the Wall Street Journal and I went over to J D’s pub to wait for Stacy who said he would only be an hour.

I ran into Fingers again along with Kerry Picket. One of the Democrats on the ballot showed up holding this sign

I would have done an interview but I was still too tired to do it coherently however something someone said, I don’t remember who it was inspired the muse and got me writing a piece that I’ll finish today for posting tomorrow, the writing was slow as I was a tad tired but I shortly noticed some of the guys I thought had done the Morning Joe setup 24 hours earlier. So I packed up looking for Stacy and found him hobnobbing near the front desk and we were on the road by 2:15 a.m.

It was slightly annoying for Stacy to keep asking me if I knew where I was going and if I was awake but in the end that helped keep me awake and uncrashed.

We got to the house at 3 a.m. but there was an issue with his boarding pass. It was just too late to worry about it I hit that sack figuring I’d fix the issue in the morning. The plan had been to leave by 8:30 to get Stacy to the Airport at 10, but I woke up at 9:30. I woke up Stacy and had him log onto my laptop and print his passes from there while I rushed his bags into the car. Thanks to a total disregard for speed limits and ignoring my usual disdain for toll roads I managed to make it to logan airport before 11 a.m.

My plans to hit the sack when I got home were unfortunately shattered by circumstances so I started uploading the videos and photos that you have just seen literally falling asleep at the keyboard until I woke up this morning to tell you this tale.

Update 2:
Fixed the Wasserman-Schultz photo that didn’t scale properly

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