I spoke to Skip Murphy of Granite Grok about Election night in New Hampshire and what happens next

and briefly with Mike Rogers as well

I think interviews with significant bloggers from swing states would be quite interesting and informative, perhaps I should Try to raise $1500 to go to CPAC this year ($1000 for CPAC & $500 to make up for losing a week’s pay) and get that done.

I haven’t been in a couple of years, I think it would be worth a trip this year.

On Friday I attended the Carenet Dinner in Hollis NH.

For those not familiar with it, Carenet is a protestant ministry for pregnant woman, women removing from abortion and men and women learning how to be parents.

I spoke to Linda Barrie one of the officials about their work

And to their keynote speaker Pastor Keith Ferrin from Seattle

I shared a table with Mike Rogers and Steve MacDonald of Granite Grok who spoke to me after the event about both Carenet and the Election:

As Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for life said there is plenty of room for all of us in the pro-life movement, I’m pleased to see Carenet do their part.

During the last election cycle the GOP won historic victories not only taking the US senate but winning the Governor’s seats in states as Blue as Maryland and Massachusetts.

However in 2014 the big exception to that rule was in New Hampshire where the national GOP imported Scott Brown to run much to the delight of the GOP leadership and the disgust of the base as Granite Grok put it at the time:

Those are two important planks in the NH GOP Platform.  Another is that of “limited government” – and he voted for Dodd-Frank, the biggest intrusion of Government into business and our private lives evah (‘cepting Obamacare, natch) and we will blog about this in the future.  And if they don’t show up to vote for Brown, they also aren’t showing up to vote for the other Republicans down ticket.  But given the absolute “hugathon” for Brown that the Establishment Republicans have been drooling about for months now, I do wonder if it matters much to them about the folks just off stage instead of the one standing in the national Klieg lights.  How many time have I written concerning Republicans with the insinuations that we ought to just leave and run on our own:

We may not win, but you will surely lose

Especially here in NH where win margins in a lot of districts can be very thin indeed, the NH GOP has to struggle get to 50%+1; all I’d have to do is persuade 1.5 to 2 points to not vote.  And there are a lot of people out there that are no longer willing to vote for the lesser of two evils anymore.

Pro-Choice, Pro Gun Control, voted for Dodd-Frank: what’s the MAIN difference between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen, NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn? 

I advised against this move calling the Scott Brown run:  “The Biggest Mistake the NH GOP can make

He lost by 3

Meanwhile in the Governor’s race the Establishment GOP in the state picked Walt Havenstein a candidate who actively insulted Tea Party members and refused to apologize.

He lost by five, and I suspect the reason why both Brown & Havenstein lost is best summed up by what grokster Rick Olsen wrote five months before the election:

I predict…If Havenstein is the nominee, he will not win against Hassan and the Democratic machine. …We’ve seen this trend in so-called Republican landslide years. But either way, I am voting for neither of these “kinged” choices. And I can say with certainty that I am not alone in that sentiment.

So given that sterling record you would think the NH GOP establishment party chair Jennifer Horn would have learned her lesson and stayed out of the GOP Presidential primary.

You’d think wrong:

New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn seemed to have abandoned efforts to remain neutral in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries on Wednesday, taking the extraordinary step of attacking not just any GOP presidential candidate but the 2016 frontrunner for her own party’s nomination.

Because in a year when your GOP senator is running for re-election in what will be a tough race the last thing you need to do is demonize the current front runner for the party nomination.

Well at least she not attacking Trump voters, since she’ll need them for Kelly Ayotte’s Senate race.

Horn further attacked the voters who attend Trump’s rallies.

Hey it could be worse, they could be doing stupid things like trying to get Trump kicked of the ballot:

Now, along comes ol’ Fungus, so determined to damage the GOP that you’d think he was a Democrat plant, filing a complaint attempting to remove Trump from the NH ballot, due to expressed views inconsistent with the NHGOP platform. Shirley, he must be joking! Inconsistent? Like himself supporting the most liberal faux-Republicans? Like Morse and Bradley expanding Medicaid? Like Steve Duprey supporting Planned Parenthood? Like Juliana Bergeron supporting Gay Marriage? Like Shawn Jasper owned and operated by the Democrats?

I’m shocked that Scott brown & Walt Havenstein weren’t mentioned in that bit.

Meanwhile the Trump campaign shot back

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in a statement to the Union Leader, suggested that Cullen works for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rival far behind Trump in the polls.

“Number one, Mr. Trump’s views do comport with the Republican Party and number two, from a constitutional stand point, there is such a thing as freedom of speech,” Lewandowski said. “To file such a document against the person who is not only the frontrunner, but leading by tremendous margins is outrageous. If anything like this would ever happen Mr. Trump’s supporters would probably riot in the streets of New Hampshire. This is yet another attempt by the failed GOP establishment to keep Mr. Trump off the ballot because they know he is the only one who can Make America Great Again.”

In response to Lewandowski’s claim, Cullen said he is not working for Kasich, and that he so far remains uncommitted. He and his wife Jenny held a house party for Kasich last weekend. He has also held events for Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.

Mike Rogers nails it:

Methinks it is Trump who should be demanding a pledge of loyalty from the GOP! If this idiocy goes further up the food chain than Cullen, Trump will be liberated to run 3rd party, and will CRUSH the GOP’s chances – might even win without them. Sure, go ahead chumps, make his day!

I’m a Ted Cruz man I encourage all my NH friends to vote for him but I’ll tell you this, I’d enjoy watching the NH GOP Establishment collapse like the old man of the Mountain after A Trump win.

cruz 2 007Yesterday I took a trip to Mike and Mar Mar Rogers house to cover a Ted Cruz House party.

Mike (of Granite Grok) and his wife have hosted many events over the years. Earlier this year I covered Ben Carson’s event but this one was the largest I’d seen, there were several tables of food, multiple tents including one for Granite Grok (which I was allowed to share) and a table at the front to allowed in registered guests.

This was the first time I’d ever seen either police or a security table but the draw here was large and included over 200 people (my count was 215 when the Senator started speaking which explained the 30 pizzas).

I arrived a couple of hours early and recorded parts of my podcast (emailed weekly to subscribers btw) including interviews with skip from Granite Grok, Mary Lotz, Frank Ardinger and others, but held back some space hoping for an interview with the Senator and to includes some audio from the event.

About 10 minutes before the event started Mar Mar invited those who helped with the event to Meet the Senator socially. While I had covered the senator on multiple occasions it was our first meeting socially and I was gratified that he remembered me from various events (The hat and scarf comes in real handy here) after which he came to the back yard to the crowd of 225.

Senator Cruz was preceded by a few speakers including local selectmen and was finally introduced by former NH Speaker Bill O’Neill after which he took the mic

Cruz spoke for about 25 minutes and gave pretty much his standard stump speech, he listed the things he would do on day one as president (revoke regulation, drop Iran deal, investigate planned parenthood and more) and on his long term goals. It was a message of optimism that we would be able to make a difference.

One the speech was done the Q & A came he took questions on the Trade Deficit

On the Iran Deal

On Power plant Closings

and on the Black Community

Unfortunately I violated a primary rule of mine and dug into the excellent spread so it was at this point that nature decided to call, however I had my USB microphone set up and the entire event was recorded in audio (available here)

At this point he sat down for an interview with Granite Grok when it was completed I asked for an interview but deferred when the Senator asked to greet the attendees first.

The sun was setting fast so I moved inside and set myself up in an area with some good light to be ready for him, but his handlers said at this point that they were running late and had no time, fortunately the Senator overruled them and sat down with me for six minutes (which for me is a long one).

You’ll notice the mic next to him, I used the recording from the Mic and a subsequent interview with Mike Rogers on the event for the Podcast.

Cruz continues his march forward slowly gathering support, he is using his money and grass roots support wisely and I suspect when we get to the end of the primary season he will still be standing because of it


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After the Manchester Community College event I wrote about yesterday Dr. Carson attended a house party hosted by Granite Grok’s Mike Rogers

After a short speech at this informal setting

Dr Carson answered a variety of questions on topics on various topics



Foreign Debt:

Interest Rates:

Common Core:




He also answered two questions from me one on the Media’s Sudden Volte Face after the Prayer breakfast

And one at the end concerning getting up to speed on issues

Two things to note here. Dr. Carson started answering questions in daylight & finished after dark.

In this small informal setting Dr. Ben Carson answered more spontaneous questions on issues from the public than Hillary Clinton has in her entire campaign.

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The latest in our series of posts that will not surprise any person who has been paying attention.

Today’s installment comes a post from Granite Grok & a tweet from Boston Bridget on the Elections in NH.

While the GOP was winning Governorships in Illinois, Maryland and even Massachusetts and Republican Senate Candidates were winning every senate seat in sight at the very same time Maggie Hassan was beating Walt Havenstein holding the Governorship and Scott Brown was losing to Jeanne Shaheen.

Mind you they managed to do this at the same time that Republican increased their majority in the state Senate and won the House in the state going from 40 seats down to 70 seats up

So How did Havenstein manage to lose when the GOP was winning statewide? Granite Grok provides a clue

I can now tell the story – a meeting was set up, like back in 2010 with the leaders of the L&F wing of the Party with Papa Smurf (John Sununu Sr), for Havenstein. Walt arrived – and only 4 people were there instead of the scores that had been invited. Each and every one of them, including me, said “No apology, no support. We will not be used as cover; we will not be there”. It is my understanding that Havenstein was PISSED – he was the Nominee so how DARE he not get that support and stomped out redfaced when told the reasons. He assumed that votes would be there – you know what “assumed” means. A lack of Consistency.


Oddly it appears that if you use sexual slurs to describe your base and refuse to apologize said people choose not to show up and vote for you.

Unlike Haverstein Brown didn’t directly insult his voters but he did choose to emphasize positions his base hated:

Brown especially with his absolutely pandering in on-bended-knee-running to Shaheen’s Left on being “I’m more Pro-Choice than her!!!!” told another large group of normally Conservative Republicans “I don’t need you at ALL” – that would be the large Pro-Life voters to whom this issue IS their top issue if not their SINGLE issue when voting.


Mind you there were pragmatic people who tried for him. Boston Bridget is as pro-life as they come yet there wasn’t a person who worked harder to try and elect him north of the border but that didn’t move the faithful:

The Groksters come to a conclusion:

In each of these candidates, not maintaining a Consistency with their base cost them. It should show that trying to replace that base with another, and being very untransparent about it, failed to create a Trust and you both lost votes.


Yeah but a lot of high paid GOP consultant said otherwise, and we all know they know a whole lot more than a blogger in a Fedora and scarf.


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Public business must be done by somebody. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not.

 John Adams.

This election cycle Granite Grok was very miserly giving out endorsements.  The big one being Bob Smith in the GOP Senate Primary.

The Groksters, writers / activists, have decided that Bob Smith is that person and who represents our values most closely and someone that we can lend one of our most valuable assets that we have as Citizens – our votes. In a representative democracy, our Constitutional Republic, there can be no higher accolade than to say “we believe you can do the job” and do so within the constraints of what the Constitution allows you to do as one that will be directing that level of Government. We believe that he is best suited to not only carry those values forward but also resist those that are infected with “Potomac Flu” – the philosophy that “Government knows best and should legislate our behavior”, and that special interest groups that “rent seek” from the Feds in “benefit for the few at the expense of the many”.

I wholeheartedly 2nd the Grok’s nomination of Senator Smith.

Grok declined to endorse in the congressional races and only gave endorsements in two state races. I disagree there, in NH 2nd district I like both Gary Lambert & Marelinda Garcia & either would make a fine addition to congress, but while Col Lambert is a solid choice I think however that Marelinda Garcia is someone special with great potential for the future.

This is, however  to the Groksters about conservatism. They are not about to endorse non conservatives, particularly in a primary, nor waste time and efforts on people who are not going to get the job done or get along to go along. Many republicans feel the same and right now the GOP is starting to get worried because an election cycle that they should own is not looking like a wave after all.  :

There are only seven Democrat-held districts that Mitt Romney carried in 2012 and only 19 others that President Obama won by fewer than double digits. That certainly leaves room for GOP growth, but in a normal wave year (like 2010, for example), you see dozens and dozens of winnable seats. For the GOP to expand the map beyond 20-25 winnable seats would take a massive wave.

As the GOP discovers their prospect for a wave are dropping the NH GOP sent out a letter urging the GOP to turn out after the primaries are over:

Vote in the general election for the Republican candidate, even if they were not who you voted for in the primary election. Staying home and/or not voting for a specific candidate/office is the same as voting for their opponent.

the letter further pointed out that if GOP voters didn’t stay home we wouldn’t have Barack Obama in office today.

about 31 million Republicans stayed home. If just 20% (6 million) of those had gone to the polls and voted for Romney, the outcome would have been different, we would have a much better individual in the White House and our country would be far better off than it is today.

That’s a pretty powerful argument, but Skip is having none of it:

Yup, scapegoating their voters – good job on gaining and influencing “friends”. You didn’t give those 31 million Republicans a good enough reason TO vote – and you are blaming them?

And demands better candidates if we expect him to turn out:

fix your brand first.  Hint: let’s hear the Brand Manager and Protector, NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn lambast “her own” (e.g., the Rogue Republicans in the NH Senate that pushed through the Democrat Agenda) first.  Let us know of your ire in how THEY spoiled the brand and that you are the person that is gonna fix this.

He has a real point Mitt Romney didn’t just avoid giving a reason for those GOP voters to turn out he This is an argument that I made the week of Barack Obama’s re-election when the Romney campaign was willing to treat Barack Obama with kid gloves during the general while playing hardball vs conservatives :

 there was the Mitt Romney of the primaries. The Mitt Romney that was willing to play hardball against his GOP foes, who was willing to confront them, attack them and go after them. That was the Mitt Romney who had no problem playing with the rules at state and national conventions to lock out Ron Paul voters who had learned the rules and played by them and then tossed them aside. This Mitt Romney and his team played hardball with conservatives figuring “Where are you going to go?”

The letter from the GOP suggest they might in This type of behavior had predictable results

In the words of Obama’s spiritual advisor (paraphrased):  NH GOP’s  “…chickens are coming home to roost!” The NH GOP is scared that people are going to not bother with the top of the ticket and that traditionally means that the down ticket candidates suffer. 

It’s the very problem I warned them about back in March

This has to be addressed NOW. Scott Brown & the NH GOP’s problem is a lot like Mitch McConnell at CPAC he needs to address the elephant in the room which are his positions on life and guns because as of today those NH Republicans will not turn up and vote for Senator Brown in a general election. And if they don’t forget a senate seat in Washington, if they stay home the NHGOP can kiss the prospect of taking back the state house and senate goodbye in a year where Democrats in the state are running scared.

This is a problem of the NH GOP’s own making and it mimics the national GOP’s problem.

Skip is absolutely right, the New Hampshire GOP has not earned the respect of conservatives like him so they have a lot of nerve after kicking them in the balls to ask him for their support post primary for candidates that don’t appeal to their palate in the least….

….so I imagine it’s going to be a bit of a shock to the people who have read up to this point that that’s exactly what I’m going to urge Skip and my fellow conservatives in NH & elsewhere to do.  I’m urging them to support the GOP nominees in the state and federal elections whoever they are. Why?  Because while Skip’s point is strong it has a fatal flaw:

It’s like going to the store – why buy an inferior product when one was looking for excellence? Humphreys sounds like the Party is entitled to my vote simply because there is an R associated with my name.

Actually it not.  During the Market Basket work action I was able to boycott Market Basket because there were other sources of food & supplies available for me to get the basics from so I could do without. An election is not like that.  A candidate is going to be chosen, as John Adams put it:   Public business must be done by someone and if you decide to give the power to the democrats they will take it.

It’s like those feminists who object to that date rape fingernail polish.  No matter how principled your objections to it are, no matter how much you complain that you shouldn’t have to use such a product if you want to go drinking, that will be of little comfort if you wake up next to some strange bed wondering how you got there.

Conservatives are damn fools if they give power to liberal democrats because the republicans are asses. So what is the proper answer is Chip’s solution is not viable, well an excellent suggestion came from his compatriot Mike Rogers gave the answer Nov 9th 2012

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”. The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

This very day Skip & Co should be researching and preparing the paperwork for a New Hampshire conservative party or researching existing 3rd parties in the state so Tea Party & 2nd Amendment activists can shift to them en masse the day after the election. NH is a small state, such a move would have an earth shattering effect of the GOP state party and a sobering effect on their candidates and the direction they go.

Until that progressivism & liberalism have to be stopped or at least checked, even if we have to do it with alternatives that are little better than stone knives and bearskins.


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With Mississippi’s Senate runoff taking place today most of the attention is going to the money flowing there but Granite Grok tells us that in NH-1 there are things going on that are rather interesting.

Dan Innis is running for the GOP nomination in NH-1.

Steve McDonald notes says he’s a nice guy and understands business but he has some interesting donation habits:

He did give 500.00 dollars to Jackie Cilley, she being the more extremist left wing Democrat in the 2012 primary race for governor. And yes, that was on WMUR yesterday, and Pindell noted that Innis donated to Cilley a month before she even officially announced. That means he donated to encourage her to run. He encouraged an extreme left-wing, pro tax and spend, Progressive liberal Democrat to be the fiscal and political boss of the state of New Hampshire.

He apparently hasn’t been a republican for long:

we have a couple of old voter lists (2012 and 2013) of Rockingham Country voters so I just checked them for the heck of it and found that both of them have Mr. Innis as a registered “undeclared”. As recent as March 2013 he was still undeclared. Apparently, he became a Republican some time last summer or in early fall just in time to declare his candidacy. This is the Establishment guy and I am very offended that after all the years of fighting Democrats [my Party] now wants me to support one… I think he is laughing his ass off at us being this dumb…

Now as a rule you want people to change to your party but questions are being asked as to who got this change going:

There has been some debate about who encouraged Innis to change his party registration or to run as a Republican? The current favorite is someone named Peter T. Paul.Paul throws a lot of money around. He has donated to Republicans, including Lamontagne, Smith, Stiles, and Ayotte. And he has donated to Democrats, mostly in California, but he did donate to Jeanne Shaheen and a few others. His giving appears entirely political, not ideological. He lightly feathers whatever nests he may later need a sliver of access. Lightly, being donations in the $1000.00 to $3000.00 dollar range, nothing too significant, nothing to set off any alarms.

Now that’s a Tad odd, why would a guy who supports Democrats and Republicans be encouraging a fellow who leans left to switch parties & run as a Republican for congress and why would the party establishment embrace such a person for congress on the spot instead of say for state rep or senate first?

I was just looking at Outside spending on the Innis campaign,

A group called New Hampshire Priorities has spent 76,560.00 dollars on Dan Innis.

The sole contributor to New Hampshire Priorities is Peter T. Paul

New Hampshire Priorities is the Super PAC we talked about here, created by a California Banker to elect Dan Innis.

So you’ve got a single out of state Banker willing to sink tens of thousands of dollars into a candidate for congress in NH for the GOP when previously he has been spending a few thousand at a time on assorted candidates.  No wonder the NH GOP establishment likes him! Green is their favorite color.

So who exactly is this Peter Paul guy? I presume he is not a Candy Bar Barron:

Early 2014 Peter T. Paul (for whom a UNH business school is named) drops half a million into a Super PAC to help Innis. Paul, by the way, has been fingered as a leader in the development of mortgage backed securities, which he appears to have profited from, whose failure inevitably resulted in the housing market collapse.

Oh Joy!

So we have a brand new Republican who is kinda a lefty being financed by a big money many to run in NH.

Nice guy not withstanding is this really what the GOP wants for the Granite State? Steve McDonald again

as disgruntled as I might be with the past performance of Frank Guinta, Innis should not be given the Republican nod to challenge Carol Shea-Porter, who is not much different from Jackie Cilley, whom Innis supported.

Let’s close with one bit of Irony.

Two weeks after announcing to run against CSP, he got a letter from the IRS that he owes money. Coincidence?

Poor Mr. Innis, I guess if you run as a Republican, you get treated like one no matter what you actually believe.

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Sir Arnold Robinson:  Avoids anything controversial.
Sir Humphrey Appleby:  Expresses no firm opinion about anything at all. Now, is that quite clear?
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Yes Minister Party Games 1984

Reporter #1 Was that a “Yes” or “No”?

Reporter #2 That was a possible “maybe”

The Best little Whorehouse in Texas 1982

Last year when Senator Scott Brown appeared in Nashua and a crowd of 2nd amendment people protested him I said he made a mistake by not engaging those voters directly, Brown is a reasonable man and as I recall when he was my senator always had time for his constituents no matter what their views.

Last week Senator Brown took my advice appearing in Hollis NH at the home of Granite Grok’s Mike Rogers with his lovely wife Gail to meet with a group of voters and make the case for him as the next Senator GOP senator from NH.

Mike regularly hosts candidates so people can meet and engage them and I’m often there to cover them.  I missed this one but I commend Senator Brown for making the trip,  but after reading the accounts of the event from Skip & Mike it seems that in giving said advice I left out an important point, something that is inherent to NH GOP politics  that doesn’t come into play very often in Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts the GOP is so weak that conservatives are simply delighted to have a candidate contest a democrat in office.  Furthermore Massachusetts is so left you have to go back to Henry Cabot Lodge in the 50’s to find a Massachusetts senator who occupied the seat Senator Brown did who was more conservative than he.

In other words in Massachusetts showing up, caucusing with the GOP and perhaps throwing them a vote now & then is enough to prove your GOP bonafides.

In NH it’s a different matter.

New Hampshire has a long strong GOP tradition.  George Bush took the state in 2000, The GOP held the House and Senate just two years ago and if Scott Brown won the class two seat from Jeanne Shaheen not only would he be the most liberal Senator in that seat (other than Shaheen) since Democrat Thomas J. McIntyre in 1979 but with Kelly Ayotte in the Delegation he wouldn’t even be the most conservative senator serving the state.

To put in bluntly the New Hampshire GOP doesn’t need a savior.  They have plenty of choices from Karen Testerman to Senator Bob Smith and Andy Martin to Senator Brown’s right to Jim Rubins to his left so being “not Jeanne Shaheen” doesn’t cut it.  As Chip put it:

Note to Scott Brown: EVERY Republican is “the anti-Shaheen“. Yes, every candidate for US Senate this cycle is saying “I am the opposite of Shaheen”. Keep telling us that over and over will just lose its efficacy – and gets to be boring and eye-rolling. And again, it wasn’t just me that noticed (and this advice is worth every penny you paid). Stop being Captain Obvious over and over – it will help the stump speech.

So rather than coming in to save the day you instead have to differentiate yourself from your opponents.  Senator Brown as Mike put it took a different path:

All the questions went the same way -whether softball or hardball, they did not elicit any concrete statement of principle or philosophy, but just general platitudes about fixing broken Washington, and getting things done…

…After a few questions, I had a very uncomfortable feeling – like trying to look through a highly polished glass column to see the truth, or see inside a cloak of invisibility, or stand on a teflon floor in low gravity – in other words, it was impossible to get a grip on his positions on anything except “vote for me, I’m the lesser evil”.

Moreover if Senator Brown didn’t want to make a pitch for has candidacy based on deep held positions & principles for fear of trackers, he could have instead make the case for his candidacy pragmatically, to wit:

1. I am the person who can raise the most money, I can go dollar to dollar with Shaheen and force Democrats to spend money here that they would otherwise have available to defend house and senate seats elsewhere.

2. I have the highest name recognition on the GOP side thanks to years of coverage and the Boston Media. I could spend every cent of that superior war chest attacking Jeanne Shaheen rather than introducing or re-introducing myself to the electorate.

3. Since I served in the Senate at the same time as Senator Shaheen I can directly contrast my record to hers.

4. Senator Shaheen was the 60th vote for Obamacare As the person elected in Massachusetts as the 41st vote against Obamacare the ads practically write themselves.

5. Because I’m the most acceptable candidate to the national party I can draw national names and cash to the campaign that can not only help me but the GOP ticket all the way down.

6. Finally the Democrats are terrified of me.  They will never get over me winning the “Ted Kennedy” seat in Massachusetts and inspiring candidates nationwide.  They’re already spending money trying to define me and every dollar, every volunteer, every speaker and every phone call the party has to make to try to defend this Senate seat in NH is a dollar, a volunteer, a speaker and a phone call that is not being made to defend seats in Alaska, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas etc etc etc.

Can someone explain why it it is left to a blogger who has endorsed Karen Testerman for the NH GOP Senate nomination to make this case when Senator Brown could have done the same in a house full of potential voters, contributors and campaign workers?

Maybe he figures an argument is not necessary.  he’s  a very pleasant man, with a good record in the Military, a nice family and a wife that is an incredible asset for a campaign.  Combine that with the with money, name recognition and a divided GOP primary vote and I suspect expensive consultants who are chasing his big campaign chest might have advised him getting the nomination in an open primary state like NH is a fait accompli.

But what those consultants don’t seem to understand is even if they are right about the primary, it’s only half the battle.  If he wins Senator Brown will need as many of those tea party conservatives as he can get come election day because the MSM is going to pull out all the stops to keep that NH seat  a seat they figured on holding.

New Hampshire is not Massachusetts. and the Charles Durning dance simply won’t fly there.

The consultants who are telling Senator Brown to take no firm positions on issues are likely the same ones who asked him to run away from the base in 2012.  Let me as a person who is not taking a penny of Senator Brown’s money (but will happily accept tip jar hits) say that if you actually want to win this election it’s better for you and the GOP both nationally and in NH if you actually stand for something.  I’ll give the last word to Mark Steyn who said these words to NH republicans the day after Senator brown announced his exploratory committee….

We don’t want it to be like 2010, where it was a landmark election and nothing changed, and the way to prevent that is to move the meter from the public debate is.  We are jeopardizing the future of  United States by just stringing along in this way…You have to wait for a Tuesday in November to actually win the vote but you can win the argument  every single day  of the week,  every month between now and election day.

Of course the NH GOP could just vote for Karen Testerman and win with her. Then GOP candidates running in NH House & Senate races throughout the state won’t have to explain away Brown’s positions that might keep the base they need home.


Olimometer 2.52

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El Cid:  Sire, you risk having no Spain at all

El Cid 1961

Mr. Spock: I fail to see why you do not understand us. You yourself have stated the need for unity of authority on this planet. We agree.

Bella Oxmyx: Yeah, but I got to be the unity.

Star Trek A Piece of the Action 1968

Yesterday I headed up to Nashua NH to cover the scheduled 2nd Amendment protest against the Scott Brown candidacy (let’s not pretend it was just a 2nd Amendment meeting). On my way I decided to hit the only Chick-Fil-A in the state (one of two in NE) for a quick bite:

(A & E might want to take notes there)

I got to Nashua center around 4 PM and noticed right away Parking was going to be an issue. There was a suited gentleman digging out spots behind the building. I spoke to a police sergeant who told me my best was to use a municipal garage about 200 yards and 4 blocks away.

As I headed back to my car to move it I ran into a person from WMUR channel 9 who had pulled aside next to me. He told me the 2nd Amendment protesters would be across the street and a 2nd group of democrats protesting Brown would be in the parking lot at the side.

He commented that the 2nd Amendment folks weren’t able to get a permit but were coming anyway, we both agreed we had no idea where anyone was going to park.

10 Min later after parking down the road I started the walk over to the area, passing by the Jeanne Shaheen office on the way

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The Hunt Building was a couple of blocks farther up

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I noticed an old barber shop across the street unfortunately there was an issue with the camera and the recording I made didn’t take but the Barber took notice, he agreed to an interview but first I wanted to get to the area where the protest would be.

At 4:30 (an hour before it was scheduled) there were about a half-dozen protesters there and the sun was already down and I interviewed the Patriot Pastor dressed in colonial garb and carrying a musket.

I then headed back to the Barber shop and interviewed the barber who gave me his take on 50 years at that location:

After the interview I headed back to the protest area the sidewalks were already icy and I nearly fell on the way, by then there were about 8 or 9 folks.

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I then talked to one of the Granite Grok crowd (one of three who would eventually arrive.

It seemed to me the odds were against this protest, there was no place to stand, the green had several issues of snow made hard by several cold days, there was no place to park and it being December 19th the chances of building a noticeable crowd seemed slim but people kept coming…

and they were bringing some very interesting homemade signs

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The Crowd kept growing and pretty soon there were was a mass of humanity that ended up both at the Monument and across the street at the corner of Hunt building

And it kept growing, the signs got more and more creative:

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And they had to get creative to make more space. My hand count of the crowd kept rising

The crowd hit 100 then 150, soon the crowd was over 200 and on two corners and the worry I mentioned in the last video must have hit the Brown people because shortly a group of well dressed college age kids suddenly showed up at the opposite corner where some of the anti-brown folks had already gathered carrying pre-printed “Run Scott Run” signs.

I crossed the street and asked if anyone would be interviewed. At first they declined (shades of Mitt Romney in Concord in 2011) but Jake Wagner of the College Republicans, who made it a point to say he was not with the others, talked to me

I then interviewed one of the anti-brown protesters who they gathered around

He was much less surprised than me and invoked Dick Swett who was promptly voted out of office in NH after a vote against the 2nd Amendment.

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Meanwhile people were trickling into the front door. There was a fair amount of police deployed but the said everyone was behaving well, their main concerning was keeping the massive crowd on the side-walk and making sure nobody got killed crossing the street at that every busy intersection with the four-way light.

I crossed back over and discovered that the half a dozen democrat protestors had joined the 2nd amendment crowd (I actually recognized some of the signs I had seen them during the Warren campaign)

I interviewed one of them

My hand count was already up to 228 (not counting the leftists) and as some of the folks on the left departed they left their signs for others

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I headed back to the corner to cross and get a shot of the Run Scott Run group but by then the 8-10 of them had gone inside, but one of the announced GOP candidates Author Andy Martin had a sign promoting himself

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He counted 75 people max inside at that point where he and Dennis who I interviewed earlier both noticed something I had not about a difference between the sign for the Brown event:

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and those Run Scott Run signs

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Namely something that was missing…

Nobody had apparently taken ownership of the Brown signs. I think it would be interesting to see who paid for those signs and took ownership?

Dennis noted that the people holding the signs were VERY sensitive about his suggestion that they had been paid, but didn’t deny it.  That’s an interesting question too. (Later that night I spoke to an active GOP activist who was not at either protest who said they were giving away the tickets to the Brown event to try to fill the hall.

Back across the street I ran into Skip from Granite Grok who was covering the speakers, we interviewed each other.

I also noticed a familiar face from the GOP presidential debates, one of the Ron Paul folks who opposed Brown over the Nat defense authorization act.

But the main focus remained the 2nd Amendment as evidenced by the speakers.  My count had reached 300 which was simply astounding.

By 7:30 I had been outside for 3 hours I ducked inside a pizza place two blocks down to import some videos and get a bite, as I came out people were starting to leave the Brown event and one gentleman Craig Powers bearing a book agreed to talk.

Brown’s speech was about common ground. Craig believes Brown is necessary due to changing demographics but I’m thinking the better move is to advance conservatism and convince people  rather than get a less conservative candidate and run away from your party.

Back across the street “GOP Senate Candidate Karen Testerman who had attended the Brown event was now with the 2nd Amendment people, one of only two or three people who attended both.

Full disclosure, if I had a NH vote Karen would be my candidate.

Why the GOP establishment would not want to support a minority woman whose strongly conservative is beyond me.

As everyone was leaving I noticed Marilinda Garcia leaving the Brown event, despite the late hour and her not being dressed for the cold she stopped to speak to me. As a candidate for Congress she was properly diplomatic about the Senate Race.

She pooh poohed the sexist attacks on her but pointed out those attacks is why it’s hard to get women to run for the GOP. My opinion is it’s the lack of consequence or denunciation of those attacks by the MSM when they are targeted at GOP women is the real culprit.

Why she is not promoted more by the GOP nationally more makes not sense to me either.

By 8:15 things were all over and I began the walk back to the car

What I took away from all of this:

1. If you are drawing 300 people standing out in the cold on Dec 19th to protest Scott Brown how many are going to show up when the weather is warmer and they don’t have to stomp down the snow to make room for people to stand.

2. The Scott Brown plan is the Mitt Romney plan, make sure enough conservative candidates are in the race to win a primary with 30% of the vote.

3. If Brown is the nominee the BEST CASE if the NH GOP is this:

There will be a 3rd party 2nd amendment candidate and every single GOP candidate running for state office will be asked that 2nd Amendment question concerning Brown putting them in an impossible position with the people they will need to win.

The worst case scenario:

There will be a permanent 3rd party (NH Conservative republicans) that will draw the activists, the libertarians etc which will either replace or permanently replace the GOP in the state.

And I believe when (I don’t think it’s an if anymore) this happens that party will spread across the country and tear the GOP apart state by state.

The most amazing thing, all of this is completely avoidable but I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that the GOP would rather be a minority party of the “right” people than win a majority with the uncouth tea party.

I can’t think of anything more foolish for a political party.

The full photo gallery follows my pitch

Update: the Politico report cuts the Anti-Brown crowd by almost 2/3 but maybe they didn’t keep an eye out the outside crowd

Simkin was among the people, most clad in orange hunting gear and a few carrying guns, who stood in a dark and snowy park to tell the ex-Massachusetts senator that they don’t want him to run for Senate. They singled out his support for a federal assault weapons ban, his opposition to a national conceal-and-carry law and the endorsement he received from gun-control proponent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year.

Inside the building, Brown continued to stoke speculation about his intentions, which have morphed in a matter of weeks from being widely viewed as attention-grabbing antics to he’s-actually-likely-to-do-this serious. Brown made no news in the speech, which was closed to the press.

But he impressed a crowd of 90 donors as he talked about his move to New Hampshire and touted the importance of retail campaigning, attendees said afterward.

The left has to be dancing over this.

Update 2:  Some Statements from Senator Brown:

I am looking forward to being close to my mom as she gets older and needs assistance from my sister and me. I am also looking forward to being closer to my immediate and extended family.

Once we get settled, we will do what many other people have done upon moving into New Hampshire. We will register to vote, get new licenses and enjoy the fact that there is no income or sales tax in New Hampshire.

That frankly is no different most of the people who leave Massachusetts.  the Roll Call has more
Still, the former Bay State senator is headlining the New Hampshire GOP’s holiday fundraiser Thursday evening. It’s just the latest in a series of political appearances for Brown in recent months, as national Republicans actively recruit him to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Now it’s certainly going to be Brown personal advantage to keep the National GOP wanting more, it will allow him to fund raise and get his feel in the state but the longer this goes on the more likely he will starve off the funds of other potential GOP candidates.

That’s the Catch 22  Brown’s best chance in a GOP primary is a crowded field but the longer he delay’s announcing the more likely he will face only a single opponent that the anti-brown forces can rally against, frankly the best chance for the GOP to win this seat is for Senator Brown to announce that he is not running and do while there is still time for the existing candidates to to get things moving.

Meanwhile the National GOP meddling will have the net effect of longterm disaster for the party in the state.


Update 3:  Nashua Patch’s coverage

Also on hand was Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for Congress, who said he’s “a big tent kind of guy,” and while he would be joining the Brown event as a supporter, he first wanted to stand outside with his fellow gun rights activists.

The smartest thing Senator Brown could have done was follow suit.

Update 4: Hotair and Jazz Shaw is on it but doesn’t see the danger.

Update 5:  A Delayed Instalanche 4 to go to catch Johnson


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and we have only managed $133 of the $340 goal for the week with two days to go in my payweek.

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The good folks who support the 2nd Amendment in NH have a protest scheduled at the same time as Scott Brown’s “Holiday Party” (which “Holiday”, Arbor day?) at 5:30 at the HUNT MEMORIAL BUILDING 6 Main Street, Nashua, NH .  This event is going to be a call to oppose any candidate of any party who is anti second Amendment.

There is an impressive line up sponsoring this event according to Granite Grok including:

 The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, Gun Owners of NH, Second Amendment Sisters, Republican Liberty Caucus, Several State Legislators and several of NH’s leading Sporting Clubs

But as it’s Christmas Time, the season for giving they decided it was proper to give a gift and they have a special one for one lucky attendee an AR-15!

Here is how you win (again via Granite Grok)


and, MOST IMPORTANTLY…winner MUST be eligible to receive a NON-MASSACHUSETTS COMPLIANT AR-15 RIFLE. That’s right, this firearm CANNOT BE SOLD OR TRANSFERRED to a RESIDENT of Massachusetts or ANY OTHER state that restricts the size of magazines or the features on a firearm such as flash suppressors and collapsible stocks. We only raffle off guns that have the features Massachusetts based politicians like Scott Brown would prohibit if given the opportunity. The firearm will be transferred by Riley’s in FULL COMPLIANCE with (THIS) state’s and federal laws.

I guess I won’t be winning a Christmas gift for my Godson in Massachusetts but I can still cover the story.


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Thursday and the good news the ball has moved.

The bad news it only moved $4.

Don’t get me wrong every little bit helps but as of today we’re still $219 shy of this week’s goal and a full $340 short to keep pace this month’s goal.

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You’ve got to be kidding me.

DaTechGuy January 31st 2013

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

Mike Rogers November 9th 2012

There are a lot of reasons why NH republicans might oppose a run by Scott Brown for the Senate in NH:  The running away from the base in the Elizabeth Warren race, the pro-choice ads, and as Granite Grok points out New Hampshire is a huge 2nd Amendment State:

Given that he has had his vetting as Gun Control Advocate by none other than Mayor and Nanny of NYC Bloomberg (whose Mayors Against Illegal Guns’s “No More Names” tour listed Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a”gun victim” when it stopped in Concord, NH) who gave liberally (snicker) to his failed campaign against Elizabeth Warren, it is clear that Scott Brown’s stance that he’d be fine in supporting another Federal “assault weapon” ban. Thus, those of us that believe that the Republican US Senate Nominee should, at the least:

fully support the Party Platform (“We believe that our founding fathers placed the 2nd Amendment in a position of prominence with intent; that law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a right to protect and defend their lives, their families and their property without government infringement.”)
whole heartedly support the Letter AND the Spirit of the US Constitution (“Second Amendment: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”)
show a full respect for the NH Constitution (“Article 2-a: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”)

As it is clear that Mr. Brown lacks quite a bit in these regards, we will be letting him AND the NH GOP Leadership know of our ire by staging this rally.

All of these reasons to oppose a Brown candidacy are valid, but if you want to understand why New Hampshire Republican should tell Senator Brown not to run for the Senate in New Hampshire all you have to do is go back to January 31st of this year.

There was a big fight in the Massachusetts GOP for party chair between two strong candidates.  Rick Green a businessman was supported by the Tea Party / activist wing of the party vs Kirsten Hughes a Chelsea city counselor who worked on the Scott Brown campaign against Elizabeth Warren as deputy finance director.

I covered both candidates during a forum on the 22nd of January and even at that time it was understood this was going to be a very close race.

Hanging over the race was the pending special election to fill the senate seat made empty by John Kerry nomination as Secretary of State.  Senator Brown had not yet announced and the party very much wanted him to run.

Hughes was Scott Brown’s candidate:

With Bob’s departure, I am writing to you today to endorse Kirsten Hughes for Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

It was widely believed among the voters in the room that Hughes election would be an incentive for Brown to enter that race and her connection to the Brown campaign and fundraising was one of her selling points.  The day of the vote the Herald reported on his involvement in the race.  The timing was interesting:

If I was a pessimist, which I’m not, I would think that this story was dropped today by Brown in order to scare the last few undecideds into siding with him after badgering State Committee members with personal plea phone calls for weeks. (Rumor has it Green is up by two.)

On January 31st the vote took place, this is what happened:

In fact is was even weirder than first reported but eventually there was a second ballot and Kirsten Hughes won, however it took the shouts from the crowd for the party to announce the actual vote count.  (41-39).  Activists reacted like this:

and this:

But in the end the election was over and many of the party leaders who voted for Ms. Hughes at least had the comfort in knowing that they would have a state chair friendly to the Brown Campaign and be best able to integrate the efforts of the part to get back that senate seat.

After all a Brown win in the special election would mean he’d be running for re-election in an off year as an incumbent in 2014 giving the party their best chance to grow the vote for state legislature & Senate candidates  all the way down the ticket.

That hope lasted almost 12 hours:

At lunchtime today, I spoke to Senator Brown by telephone.  His news was as surprising to me as I’m sure it was to you.  Certainly, we can all understand this was a highly personal decision for Senator Brown and his family.  Yet, it’s certainly a disappointment for many in our party.

So what the reaction of Scott Brown at a time when his choice for GOP chair has just won by the thinnest of margins?  What was his move when the party needed someone to rally behind? What was his decision when that new chairperson that he explicitly supported most needed a positive story to change the subject from the debacle of the 31st?  What was the decision when all those party voters who cast their vote counting on him to be there to support the party?

He took his ball and went home.

The end result?   Ed Markey, was able to win a lifetime senate seat against a weak candidate while drawing only 60% of the vote Martha Coakley did in 2010.

Even with Senator Brown’s problems with the base he could have drawn those numbers with one hand tied behind his back.

Now less than a year later, he is heading North to NH where the GOP held the state just one election ago to  jump the line ahead of GOP candidates in the state ready and able to run?

I can think of nothing more likely to exacerbate the existing divides in the NH GOP than this.

It will amplify the mistake Speaker Boehner made with the base.

The divide it creates will cost the party seats in both the state senate and house.

It will put Kelly Ayotte in an impossible position where anything she says and does will anger someone whose vote she will need in 2016.

Now it’s axiomatic, for all his faults Brown would be far superior to Jeanne Shaheen and if nominated by the NH GOP I would encourage every voter to support him rather than reward the 60th vote for Obamacare with another six years but I can’t think of a more selfish or self centered move by the Senator nor anything more likely to cause a 3rd party movement in the state that will spread nationally.
I like Senator Brown, he’s a nice guy with a great family and the GOP nationwide should be grateful for the boost he gave to the party.  It’s fair to say that Tea Party election in Massachusetts in 2010 is the reason why the GOP hold the house today, As a Senator he always had time for people from the state even those who disagreed with him and frankly it’s not all that unusual for a person in Massachusetts to say “enough” and move to New Hampshire, but it’s one thing for the party to run a moderate republican in a state where the GOP not even healthy enough to be on life support, it’s quite another to do so in a state where conservatism is still strong.

I implore Senator Brown to re-consider his run in NH for the sake of the state party and the national one.

A Postscript:  One thing I should make clear, I don’t blame Ms. Hughes for either the election stuff nor the Brown move.  She started in an impossible position trying to clean up a mess that was given to her.  I’ve never heard her once complain about the bad hand she was dealt, instead she works hard all over the state and gets little media credit for her efforts:

It’s interesting to note her aide said “you only have five minutes” but she turned to him saying “he only needs three for his interviews”. A party chair who is familiar with the habits of the people covering her knows what she is doing. I opposed her election but she has been proving herself a very capable and impressive party chair.

I would think that would be a story but highlighting a young, smart attractive, hard working young woman leading a state GOP doesn’t fit the media whole “war on women” meme does it?

Update:  No matter who is the GOP nominee this ad is going to be a problem for Jeanne Shaheen

and a lot of other Democrats who were the 60th vote for Obamacare.


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Wednesday and we’re raised $117 toward our $340 weekly goal

As of today we’re also $344 shy of the pace needed make the monthly goal

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Olimometer 2.52

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After my post on death by political correctness Mike Rogers of Granite Grok sent me an e-mail that I thought was good enough for a post/follow-up so I asked permission to use it.

He gave it but I was kinda slow on the follow-up so he beat me to it here:

You know, Pete, it’s much more basic than that.

The Negro population was making its fastest advances in society (and prosperity) back in the 1950s and 1960s, before the Great Society turned a lot of their youngsters into fatherless wards of the state.

Go and read the whole thing and Steve’s stand your ground post too.

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In our first hour we are going to discuss how nominating a supporter of the immigration amnesty bill from the magic land of “Hispanica” somehow failed to mobilize the base in Massachusetts or cause “Hispanicans” to vote for the GOP in the special election.

I’ll be joined by Mike Rogers of Granite Grok to discuss possible solutions for conservatives & activists who are not enamored by the GOP.In our second Hour Tommy Duggan from the Valley Patriot will come by to talk about one of those cities with a large population from “Hispanica” this piece and more.

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Saturday and while I’m still $463 shy of the mortgage with two days to go I AM only $92 bucks shy of making what would be my only full paycheck of June.

I’d like to think it’s possible to do both (and with God all things are possible) but I KNOW there has to be at least 5 readers out there who can spare $18 or 4 readers who have an extra $23 or two readers who can drop $46 in DaTipJar to get me over the finish line.

I’m just hoping this isn’t the sign of the summer doldrums. If so it’s going to a long three months around here.


Granite Grok has been writing about how the newly Democrat NH Legislature has been pushing the Tax envelope:

The Concord Monitor is reporting on a plan by New Hampshire Democrat David Campbell (D- Nashua), that would eventually extract $115,000,000.00 million more dollars per year out of the pockets of struggling New Hampshire families. He’d like to raise the gas tax and the increase the cost to register your vehicles every year.

His ‘plan’ would raise the price you pay for gas five cents a year for three years. At the same time the cost of your vehicle registration would also increase five dollars a year for three years. So you’d’ see two separate tax increases every year for three years; is that two new taxes of six?

The question is why do Maggie Hassan and the Democrats think they can get away with this in New Hampshire? The answer the stuff being proposed in Massachusetts is EVEN WORSE:

Here is the direct link to the bill:

Bill H.3142 188th (Current)
An Act relative to the establishment of a vehicle mileage user fee pilot program by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3142) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others relative to the establishment of a vehicle mileage user fee pilot program by the Department of Transportation. Transportation.

The full text of the bill is at the link. No wonder Maggie & Co feel safe in NH, after even two years of Democrat power it will take an awful lot of crazy to catch up with the Bay State.

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My Subscription Commentary this week is about generational change.

You might notice btw that this commentary has a different backdrop. it was filmed at the home of one of the Granite Grok bloggers. I was up there to be interviewed (When the video goes up at the Grok I’ll link to it) and I took the liberty of interviewing my interviewer

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BTW Next week I’ll be at CPAC so I’ll likely have plenty of video to share.

This weekend I sat for an extended interview with Mike Rogers of Granite Grok.

In between lunch and the filming Mike gave me a short interview as well

Make sure you don’t miss Granite Grok it is THE web site for information on NH politics period!

And make sure you tell the Washington Post that too!

While we ponder the questions the left isn’t asking about the reaction to Operation Pillar of Defense Granite Grok is still there and keeping an eye on some questions that have yet to be answered about the late election, first the stats:

First, in a town with 5000 plus voters there were 630 new registrations for this year’s election.

The law give NH citizens the ability to see public documents

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.

Granite Grok however reports that there was a slight issue when a citizen wanted to see the form concerning these 630 new registrations…

These 630 new voters piqued the interest of a Barrington resident, who decided that they wanted to get a copy of this public record, but when they asked the Town clerk said it would cost him $300.00.

The Grok folks have some questions about this, but wanting to be fair to all concerned I called the Town Clerk’s office myself. I spoke to a very nice lady who asked me if I could submit those questions via an e-mail to make it easier. So I did, providing a link to the Grok article quoted above with the following questions:

Per said article I have the following questions

1. Is the record of the voter rolls in Barrington available to be viewed by the public

2. Is there a separate record of new registrants and/or same day registrants available?

3. Did a person come in to obtain said records?

4. If so was said person told it would be $300 for said records?
4a. If there is such a fee, is that set by the city or state? Is it a standard fee for records?

5. The GROK article states that such public records are available under state law saying the following:

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.
5a Is this correct and if so can said person make their own copies without charge?

6. Will said records be available electronically (in PDF format etc) and available either to the public on request or on the Barrington site eventually?

7. If I came down to see said records would they be available for viewing?

Any help in answering these question would be appreciated

Thank you.

That was on Wednesday November 14th when I first wrote this post but held back posting awaiting a reply and while I’m sure Barrington NH can be a busy place I think five days is plenty of time for it to come.

By an odd coincidence while I haven’t received a reply the day after I sent that request Granite Grok’s person went back to the town hall and was told the following:

Our intrepid checklist warrior went back to the clerk armed with 91-a and was informed that they didn’t actually have the list prepared yet. He was told that it would be a few weeks but that they would give him an electronic copy of the new list when it was complete. Skip has encouraged him to go back and ask for the existing list, which they used for election day, and which we now know is available in electronic form. For free, apparently.

Amazing how things change after an e-mail from a guy with 50,000 watts behind him isn’t it?

Maybe it’s just me but if you multiply this question by small town after small town in NH and you get a margin of victory that doesn’t show up in polls.

That’s apparently a question our friends on the left aren’t asking, but we will.

Update: Apparently Barrington replied to my questions promptly but due to an e-mail glitch I missed their e-mails (along with 7 weeks of them from a particular account) until December 29th.

My apology post is here, and the e-mail responses from Barrington follow below:

Dear Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi,

My answers are listed below:

1. Is the record of the voter rolls in Barrington available to be viewed by the public YES

2. Is there a separate record of new registrants and/or same day registrants available? NO, PER Secretary of States Office

3. Did a person come in to obtain said records? YES

4. If so was said person told it would be $300 for said records?NO, the fee would be actually be $379 which is the rate for the current MARKED CHECKLIST, which is based on our current photocopy fee per page, which is $1/page.

4a. If there is such a fee, is that set by the city or state? Is it a standard fee for records? For a marked checklist

the fee is what the Town or City charges for a copy.

5. The GROK article states that such public records are available under state law saying the following:

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.

5a Is this correct and if so can said person make their own copies without charge? A person may view and takes notes on the marked checklist, but NO there will be no copies made without a charge, PER NH STATE LAW (91-a;IV)

“If a photocopying machine or other device maintained for use by a body or agency is used by the body or agency to copy the public record or document requested, the person requesting the copy may be charged the actual cost of providing the copy, which cost may be collected by the body or agency.”

6. Will said records be available electronically (in PDF format etc) and available either to the public on request or on the Barrington site eventually? An electronic copy will be available upon request after the Supervisors of the Checklist have entered and scanned the checklist and new voters into the statewide database for a fee of $26.50.

7. If I came down to see said records would they be available for viewing? YES

I have answered all your questions to the best of my ability, if you have any further questions please

feel free to contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State at 271-3242.

Kimberly Kerekes

This week’s Diner is the Marketplace Diner in Hollis NH

It’s a place you might miss if you as passing through. If but if you go beyond the intersection of routes 130 & 122 bypassing the place at the center of town and continuing on Ash street (route 130) toward Nashua you will find a small “market” area. Turning in you will discover the Diner that out of townees miss but the residence of Hollis love

The place is small fitting maybe 7 at the counter and another 30 or so at various tables.

The menu is fairly standard with simple breakfast and lunch choices

I hadn’t eaten so I had the hungry man special and boy, even without the homefires

it was a lot of food

Even though I had a huge meal, Mike Rogers of Granite Grok’s Chicken Sandwich was looking really good.

So if you find yourself on the way to Nashua or perhaps to Silver Lake get yourself down to the Marketplace diner, you’ll be glad you did.

Although we had some issues with the phones in studio back in Worcester I got quite a bit of video in NH:

Here is a bit before we started

And here was Steve MacDonald from Granite Grok who joined me:

Mac at the mike

And New Hampshire Republicans were feeling pretty good about this:

Including the Vice Chairman of the party in NH

Cliff Hurst Vice Chairman NH GOP

Who must have been pleased by the young folks

Working the phones

Along with the old hands

Who gathered

Under the watch of the MSM

Our table was set up in a room with a large glass door, the good news was it cut down on background noise, the bad news, it meant to see what was going on I had to pop out during commercial breaks such as when I grabbed this clip of Tagg Romney speech.

Even when things were done there was a fair crowd doing the grunt work of campaigns, but there was still that same controlled atmosphere that I saw back in Concord during the primaries. They seemed organized to the last detail from who talks to how things are done. This is a crew that is not going to be making a lot of mistakes, so when small ones come expect the MSM to try to amplify them.

One oddity, Ovide Lamontagne was there but rather than stay he had to run and ended up calling into the show for the interview rather than sit down at the location.

My thought, if they can pack a room and keep people working in a day full of pouring rain it’s a good sign and these guys are disciplined. If they can keep this up through November they will be well rewarded.

Update Wanted to mention this concerning the Ovide Lamontagne interview, John Weston did most of it due to our phone issues and there were two real gems worth noting:

1. Lamontagne was practically begging the democrats to send Obama to campaign in NH. What does it say about this race when the GOP candidates down ticket want to see the top of the Democrat ticket on site?

2. When asked about creating jobs Ovid gave the perfect answer. He said that under a Lamontagne administration it will be the private sector not him that creates jobs. It’s his task to stay out of the way while creating an environment that lets them do so. That is conservatism in a nutshell.

Today DaTechGuy on DaRadio comes to you live from the opening of the Mitt Romney HQ in Bedford Mass NH.

We will be joined by Skip of Granite Grok (due to illness he will have to do the interview via phone) in the 2nd hour we will be talking to GOP candidate for Governor of NH Ovide Lamontage.

Join us at 10 a.m. EST on AM 830 WCRM Worcester. If somehow you are out of our 50,000 watt range you can listen live at wcrnradio.com or via Tune-in.

And call us at 508-438-0965 or toll-free 888-9-fedora.

Update: Pictures we’ve got pictures

This place looks familiar

The old Santorum HQ to the victor belongs the spoils

Different signs of the times

Under new Management

The foot soldiers

This is the engine of any campaign

And the perks

the fuel for the engine

A good general studies the campaign map

The battlefield

and a Bloggers work is never done:

All right then nobody told you to stop working

WCRN we’re local to you:

Wearing the colors

More photos to come

Update 2: Of course I meant to type NH instead of Mass, used to spend a lot of time in Bedford Mass, old habits die hard

Update 3: Photos and video update here.

Last night I took a skip up to Nashua New Hampshire for the Nashua Republican Committee fundraiser:

The Main event was Howie Carr,

Best line: “I always get to have a conversation with New Hampshire State representatives that I never get to have with Massachusetts state representatives. I get to ask them ‘What do you do for a living?’

Carr’s remarks were preceded by several others (that I will post over the next week) but when he came on stage he didn’t disappoint

He also took questions

On Romney chances in Massachusetts

From the Audience

Granite Grok as usual was there:

And interviewed Howie

Mr. Carr posed for many pictures

He also brought a bunch of books

And signed plenty

Carr was very well received you can certainly tell he talks for a living and does it well.

The full gallery follows below:

I’ll be posting other speeches and interviews from the night during the week.

Update: Granite Grok had a livestream and has three posts of the event:

We are getting near the end of our CPAC videos that are going up, this one is Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote

I found this video particularly apt considering this story from Shelia Jackson Lee’s district in Texas and the Holder justice department’s challenging of that law:

the group visited addresses and scoured property tax records. The group found many of the addresses were vacant lots or business addresses. Thirty-nine were registered at businesses and 97 of the addresses were nonexistent. One hundred six of the registrations revealed the same registrant registered more than once, and 207 of the addresses turned out to be vacant lots.

As Steve said at Granite Grok:

The researches estimate that 25% of the 3800 registrations in the sample present potential for fraud. If that were to remain consistent across all 19,596 suspect addresses, the result would be 4900 potential incidents of voter fraud in this one district, from this one research profile. No. We don’t need voter ID.

You can find more at True the Vote here.

As you might know Grover Norquist and Pam Geller are not what you would call “buddies”. They are on opposite sides of the debate on Jihad. (Pam of course being on the right side of the argument)

However on Taxes and spending Norquist is usually spot on, so I was surprised when I saw this post at Granite Grok:

I got an email – below – from Grover Norquist at ATR requesting the recipients take action and sign a petition to free up spectrum for wireless expansion. All well and good, but the thinly veiled subplot was to demand that Congress force the FCC to permit Obama cronies Lightsquared to use spectrum adjacent to the GPS band, regardless of interference to GPS, in order to prop up the shaky company, in which Obama and crooked cronies had invested.

Grover is shilling for an Obama crony here and should be ashamed.

Check the site and read the whole thing

The Primary may be over but politics has not ended in NH as evidenced by this event for GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne:

Ovid Lamontange at the Nashua Event

There were several speakers…

Jack Kimball speaks at the Lamontaine event

…who spoke passionately on his behalf:

Nancy Elliot makes a passionate case for Ovide

The event was put together by Mike of Granite Grok who spoke briefly

And the Granite Grok Crew was live-streaming and interviewing

Skip of Granite Grok hard at work live streaming

I got most of Ovide’s speech:

I want to thank Skip who took loaned me a monopod so I could get a more steady video while I was live-tweeting

There was a brief interruption as I changed camera cards

There was a pretty fair-sized crowd that attended:

A good crowd particularly with the Patriots Broncos game about to start

When the event was done Ovide was kind enough to give me some time:

During the event there was a moment when supporters of various presidential candidates were asked to stand, it looked for a moment that the Emcee was going to miss Ron Paul supporters when a gentleman spoke up. I noted that and when the presentation was complete we talked both about the Lamontagne event and Rep Paul’s prospects.

As time permits I’m going to try to cover more events in NH. It is a state that went Democrat last time and those electoral votes will make a difference in 2012. Not only will the enthusiasm for the statewide races might be a very good barometer for where New Hampshire is going nationwide but I don’t want to forget my readers and listeners from across the northern border

I’m way behind in my posting but as election day is today I wanted to get one last post up with speeches by candidates so you can hear them in their own words before you make a decision:

First Santorum’s speech at Rivier college in Nashua

And he talked about regulation:

the first question was on drugs and came with a complement:

He took a question on the Just war theory

He took an economic question:

And one on manufacturing, I actually think this was his weakest answer of the day:

And a final one on NDAA

I got a question in during the press scrum:

Part of me so wants to put a string behind these guys

Meanwhile I got to the Ron Paul event a tad late

the Ron Paul event was well attended:

Ron Paul spoke about Bankruptcy:

and he took a very interesting question on the environment and private property:

Stacy McCain has a lot more on Paul as he got to the event ahead of me and had a better spot to shot from, also if you want great NH coverage you MUST read Granite Grok.

They have interviews at a Ron Paul event Lots of questions for everyone and more.

So eat this info up and as I said recently to Meagan McCain. You must choose, but choose wisely.

After the debate I approached James Lileks

and Jonah Goldberg

Jonah at the end of a long day

asking for interviews, both declined as they were “talked out” but James and I had chatted during the breaks in the action and Jonah consented to the photo you see. One must remember that while it was a fun event for many, this was work for them. Pleasant work perhaps but work.

Stacy, Mike from Granite Grok and I, joined by a gentleman named Peter who we were debating the issues with, went to the Bar to have a bite and talk more.

To my surprise there was an inordinate amount of press there from Dianne Sawyer to Howard Fineman. You could not go 3 feet without tripping over someone who the informed would recognize.

As I didn’t want to interrupt people eating nor photograph them as they did so I left them be while the four of us talked about what we saw, however a few people came over and we had an occasion to chat.

Pete, Stacy and Jake Tapper

Jake scolded me for not e-mailing him as we discussed but I’d been flat-out and just didn’t have the time, the concept that I didn’t have time to e-mail him is on reflection an amazing thing.

Mickey Kaue and Stacy

I had never had the pleasure of meeting Mickey Kaus till tonight, he is a nice guy but the odd think I noticed was his business card, not because of any fancy design but the paper stock was the heaviest I ever felt on such a card. Odd the things you notice.

Pete meanwhile managed to get pictures with Dianne Sawyer (It is quite astonishing how beautiful she is up close), and several other media stars from Mary Matalin to some of the NRO guys. Donna Brazile had only a second but came over and I snapped this shot:

You might ask why am I not in any pictures, I don’t really do posed pictures myself

Pete however had a field day, if you follow this stuff this it was something to behold so many people from so many prominent TV networks and national publications and blogs.

But the title of this post is the most important person in the bar, I saved his picture for last:

Meet Joseph the man who matters the most

Joseph has never been on TV, you will not find his byline in any national magazine or blog but he was the single most important person that I met. You see Joseph is a resident of NH and a voter who plans on voting in the NH primary and it is his decision and thousands like him that all of the press in the room are dependent on for our stories.

I talked to two other such people who might have competed with Joseph for that honor but one was a democrat who will not be voting Tuesday, and the other declined to comment. Joseph said he was undecided. I gave him my card and asked him if he could e-mail me when he makes up his mind.

There were at least 50 journalists in the room with Joseph, people who have honed their craft over decades, but to my knowledge he wasn’t asked that question by anyone else. Granted they were off the clock but in my mind that question is the reason for being there.

If I get that e-mail from Joseph and he gives me permission I’ll tell you what he decides and why, but never forget there may have been a lot of celebrates in that room, some of who make a considerable amount of money, but on Tuesday next, none of them will matter as much as he.

Update: Instalanche, got this up at 4:15 a.m. (not scheduled written) woke up at 8 and then off to NH once debate is done, looking forward to morning Joe Town Hall tonight, glad Pats have a bye.

That was the line from Rick Santorum as he was absolutely swarmed by press, and voters at the Hillsborough county event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

After the Ron Paul event Stacy & I headed to the Hotel which was loaded with local republicans,

Stacy McCain always seems to find tables like this


The press swarms Newt

And some familiar faces

Michael Graham at the Hillsborough county event

The absolute change in the fortunes in fortunes for Rick Santorum meant that when he came in, he was absolutely mobbed to the point where he almost couldn’t move.

santorum swarmed at the Hillsborough county event

But he made time for the Granite Grok folks who had made time for him when other reporters weren’t interested

Santorum signs an autograph while appearing on Granite Grok

In addition to local republicans several candidates took the stage, the first was Newt who’s appearance was brief as he had a town hall later that evening

There were no shortage of Newt Fans in attendence

Buddy Roemer was the Next presidential candidate to take the stage

Buddy Romer gives his stump speech

He made a spirited attack on big money in politics but didn’t seem to get a lot of traction with the crowd. However in my opinion even less was gained by former governor Sununu speaking for Mitt

Fmr Gov Sununu for Mitt Romney

I never saw a sitting governor more ignored, the crowd kept talking as if he wasn’t there, then again considering he claimed Romney fought Gay Marriage in Massachusetts perhaps such mendacity received its proper reward.

Meanwhile Stacy as usual got some attention from the ladies or was it the other way around?

That reaction to Santorum was what I’d been hearing a lot in the last few days.

Rand Paul spoke for his father and spoke well.

He was kind enough to give me some of his time:

He’s a lot shorter than I’d thought he’d be but he stands tall on ideas and principles

Rand Paul makes the case for his father

and made a strong case for the Paul candidacy.

Jon Huntsman’s daughters were also present,

Not only beauty but fine young ladies as well

Stacy McCain who advised them to not become Megan McCain introduced me to them and Abby was kind enough to allow an interview

Jon Huntsman may not impress me as a candidate much but seeing the way his daughters carry themselves he has certainly impressed me as a father. These are young women to be proud of, the type of women I want my sons to bring home.

For a press junkie of course part of the fun is seeing and meeting folks and today was the day

Grok, Graham and Stacy

I met Mark Steyn for the first time.

He talked to me just before I spoke to the Huntsman girls, it turned into an impromptu coffee klatch

What political fan would not want to be here? And if you weren’t here the Granite Grok crew were livestreaming.

I will follow up this post with interviews and speeches that I simply don’t have time to throw in now later in the day or in a new post, and for those Ron Paul fans out there, I do have more interviews from the Nashua event that I will be posting on as soon as I can.

Of course we will be playing some of this on DaTechGuy on Daradio today at 10 a.m. on WCRN with Stacy McCain, Granite Grok and Roxeanne Deluca listen live at wcrnradio.com or tweet #daradio

While I was lying sick in bed last night the team from Granite Grok provided some excellent coverage of Herman Cain’s event in Manchester NH and notices a very important point:

The volunteers, for the most part, are rather angry – not at Herman but what seems to be the media and the “dirty tricks” that seem to go along with every major campaign. One lady came down from Augusta, ME to be here to show support – her mood was as red as her jacket. Another, a teacher, was also here in support not happy with the current events.

This is actually pretty consistent with what Ann Coulter had to say yesterday:

White’s proof that she had a 13-year affair is that she has two of Cain’s books signed by him — one with the incriminating inscription, “Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus,” and the other, “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.” (I know — filthy!)

If that’s proof of an affair, I’ve had thousands of them without even realizing it.

Also, White produced evidence that Cain had texted or called her cell phone 61 times during four non-consecutive months — but did not reveal what those texts said. (“Would you please return my lawn mower?”)

Again, if that’s proof of an affair, I’m having hundreds of them at this very moment.

This is the sort of evidence you get with an actual sexual predator: Bill Clinton’s accusers had gifts, taped phone conversations with him and a semen-stained dress.

Not a lot of there there, but this seems to be the way the game is played, Kevin Jackson at the Black Sphere rounds it out:

Let this be a warning to all black folks who may seek hire office that only Democrats don’t get vetted. The next black man who runs as a Republican should understand that he will be James Byrded, Rodney Kinged, and ultimately Clarence Thomased. There will be no stone unturned to find the dirt, even if they have to turn over the stone to plant the dirt.

The Grok Team’s video is here

but make sure you click over for the full story.