Yesterday I talked about the media narrative and how, no matter what the result, the narrative would already be in place.

Anyone who watched the coverage yesterday and today can recognize this.

 

Just a week ago, we were told by the talking heads that Donald Trump’s 2nd place finish by 4 pts was a crushing defeat that it brought questions about if Mr. Trump was for real.  At the same time Marco Rubio’s 3rd place finish was the sign that his time had come, the media was all Rubio all the time.  Endorsements poured in and Marco mentum was the rule of the day.

Not so Ben Carson whose 4th place was an afterthought, nor Ted Cruz whose actual victory seemed to mean nothing because NH is different kettle of fish (do people put fish in a kettle)?

 

Well now we’ve seen NH and we’ve learned some interesting things.

 While finishing 2nd place by 4 pts is a crushing defeat in Iowa in NH 2nd place by 18 points is a great victory that can propel a candidate to the upper tier of the GOP field even if said candidate didn’t manage to crack 10% in Iowa.

We learned that while 3rd place by 2 pts in Iowa is an incredible finish that gives a candidate momentum 3rd place in NH by 4 point is no big deal even in a state where you aren’t expected to do well.

We’ve further learned that while 4th place in Iowa is not even worth mentioning 4th place in NH revives a campaign and guarantees a candidate can go on even if that 4th place finish is the best said candidate has done so far.

And most odd of all we’ve seen that a first place finish by a wide margin is less newsworthy than finishing 2nd.

How can this be?  Well it’s very simple.

For the MSM Jeb Bush and John Kasich are the most liberal members of the GOP field supporting Obamacare, Common Core & Illegal Immigration and thus the easiest for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to defeat, therefore any meme that potentially advances their chances to get the GOP nomination is to be given the full force of the msm.

Ted Cruz opposes all of those things, thus in Iowa his 1st place finish is eclipsed by Marco Rubio and his 3rd place finish is eclipsed by Jeb Bush because under no circumstances shall any scenario that advances his candidacy be advanced.

Finally while the media absolutely hates Donald Trump they fear Ted Cruz.  Therefore while they will downplay Trump’s win for now they will hold their fire under the assumption that it might come down to Trump vs Cruz and in that case they will go all in for the Donald.

Never forget that the media’s stories are already written, it’s only a question of shoehorning the facts to fit them.

 

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There are multiple reports in the media that Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will endorse Donald Trump for President today.

It is likely that I will not have access to the net when/if it happens so I am writing this in anticipation of the event and all conclusions are based on the report being correct, but let me say right now that if it’s true it’s very significant not because of Scott Brown’s popularity with the Tea Party which has taken a huge hit but with his popularity with the Establishment.

Recall that Senator Brown was the hand picked candidate of the GOP establishment to run in NH, beating out several Tea Party candidates with better records on things like guns, and being practically the only GOP senator to fail to unseat a Democrat incumbent in trouble.

That being the case one might have expected Scott Brown to go with Jeb Bush, or John Kasich or even Chris Christie.

And with the strong finish by Marco Rubio and the MSM dubbing him the new GOP establishment he might have been another viable choice for an endorsement.

He has not.

This is a very public declaration by a candidate currently identified with the NH GOP establishment that the normal establishment candidate are not going anywhere, furthermore it suggests that Donald Trump is still considered the guy to beat in the state.

Also it gives Donald Trump a boost at a time when he most needs it with a candidate who has crossover appeal to democrats who might not want to vote for Hillary but can’t bring themselves to go Bernie and a signal to the “Stop Cruz at any price” crowd, that it is Trump, not Rubio who has the best chance to beat him.

On the minus side Brown has burned some bridges with 2a guys and some conservative activists but in fairness those guys are likely already with Ted Cruz so it’s not a big loss for Trump.

I’ll say this for the Donald, between Palin, Brown and Dole he really has a group of endorsers who are diverse.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this race is not finished with providing surprises.

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.

Senator Ted Cruz was kind enough to give me 10 minutes after his return to the 603 Alliance Caucus site to speak to and congratulate his campaign volunteers

There are several points to make concerning this result and what Senator Cruz said.

It would have taken the cost of renting a bus for any other candidate to get 25 NH voters to the caucus to get past the first round and to steer the result in a direction they would have liked.

There are a lot of expenses in a campaign but renting a few busses for a day isn’t a big one, if you can’t find 25 registered republican voters willing give up a few hours to show up for you at this caucus what does it say about your actual strength in a state? Jeb Bush has been running ads calling himself “the conservative candidate”, how much stronger would such an argument be if he managed to draw 25 voters. He could have claimed to have out one Donald Trump in an actual vote. (By the same token I don’t understand how the Donald Trump campaign doesn’t manage to get 25 folks to show up. Rep Al made a strong speech but this feeds right into the MSM template on the Donald.

As Mark Steyn has said the future belongs to those who show up, if you can’t get voters to show up for you to a no cost event out of an entire state when you’ve had six months to get ready, that’s bad.

Furthermore if you are a candidate in single digits how do you not take advantage of such an event to make a showing? Even if your candidate couldn’t draw enough to win your people could have steered the result away from a candidate you DIDN’T want to win.

Now let’s talk about WHY Cruz won.

Ted Cruz talked about his country chairmen in every county of all four early states and his donors his “sustainers” funding all on the ground game in 20 primary states, rent staff etc…

I don’t think any other candidate can say this, why? Because CRUZ FIGHTS! His willingness to stand up, make the fight and take the barbs of the media for years is the reason why so many people are willing to give monthly, it’s the reason why he leads in hard money and it’s the reason why his people were willing to show up to caucus for him yesterday. It’s also the reason why I endorsed him Sept 30th

Every single other candidate currently serving in congress could have chosen to do this. Every single other sitting governor could have supported Cruz’s fights in congress when he was making them, every single outsider could have stood up and stood with Senator Cruz as he fought for the causes that conservatives sent him and other republicans to fight.

They did not and that’s one of the reasons why they were not the subject of that victory interview.

Update: Between Senator Cruz’s opening speech at the 603 alliance and the interview above, Ted Cruz did this interview linked by Legal insurrection for Meet the Press

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This weekend the 603 Alliance will be holding their caucus at the fairgrounds in Contoocook NH.

I’ve covered the 603 alliance before both in NH and outside of the state, the Caucus begins at 11:30 here are the rules from the site:

• All nationally-recognized Republican Presidential Candidates will be included in the Caucus.
• Participants must be registered New Hampshire Republicans or Undeclared voters.
• Voters are required to show a government-issued, photo ID as proof.
• If voters are new to N.H. and recently registered to vote, they must bring proof of registration to check-in (this can be obtained from your Town Clerk).
• Voters are requested to continue to participate in the caucus process until its completion.
• Voter check-in stations open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 11:30. Anyone on line at 11:30 will be permitted to continue with check-in and participate in the caucus.
• Non-voters may enter the arena as observers, but will be asked to stay in a designated area. ONLY valid voters, wearing official ID bracelets issued at check-in, will be permitted in the voting sections.
• Children are welcome to attend as observers. Children under age 15 may stay with their parents or guardians in the voting area (but may not vote).
• Media and Campaign Staffers must be credentialed at the check-in station before entering the arena.
• Candidate signs are permitted in the arena. However, if a candidate has been eliminated, then those signs must be removed.
• The decision of the Marshals and the Voting Monitors is final.
• Civility and courtesy is asked of all participants. Voters must adhere to the rules stated by the Monitor. Those not complying with proper conduct will be asked to leave.
• In the case of a tie, a caucus session will be held and another vote taken.
• In the event the winner of the caucus drops out of the race before the Primary Election on February 9, the runner-up will be considered the new winner of the caucus.

Now some of you might be saying, so it’s a caucus big deal it doesn’t mean anything, the primary isn’t for months.  Au Contraire:

The idea reason for the existence of the 603 alliance and this caucus is to get conservatives to unite behind one candidate and members of the alliance have pledged to unite behind the winner.  Even if just a portion of them keep that promise it will make a difference particularly in a crowded field.

But there is a real wild card in play here.

When this idea was first proposed Donald Trump had not announced and it was generally assumed that even if he did enter the field he would be a non factor.

However now Mr. Trump not only leads the polls but he has apparently energized a whole slew of voters who might normally go to other conservative candidates.

Three months ago the conventional wisdom was this event was made for a Walker or a Cruz or even a Perry or Paul but given the lay of the land today there is a real possibility that if the trump people show up in force he could come away with this thing.

It’s certainly not going to be boring.

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The final part of a three part piece on the Donald Trump event in Derry. Part one: The Pros and Semi Pros is here, Part 2: The People, is here.

By the time I was done with the other interviews the press room was full
IMG_0290 The still cameras were everywhere, Fox was set up for their 6 PM news cast and familar faces from local to national media were everywhere to be seen.

I spent my time copying my video to the laptop and I had an interesting conversation with a photographer who was preparing to stand on a chair next to me for the best possible angle, on how freelance photography works. Since there was no access to the wireless network of the school and it turned out even wired the school’s security blocked me out (which speaks well for the school actually) uploading would have to wait. By the time we got the 10 minute warning my best camera was on my monopod, new batteries were in the backup camera and I had my microphone set up recording in audacity, although because there was no sound system it turned out I didn’t pick up much sound.

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When Mr. Trump came in he went right to questions and it was clearly apparent that the press corps was loaded for bear.

As you might know I generally don’t like to operate in the press scrum. They tend to basically hunt like wolves trying to tear down a bear and you have to fight to get in a question.

The first question was what to ask? On my way to a venue a person asked me to inquire about Trump as Commander in Chief but Fox’s Iraq question handled that to some degree. Further while I’d like to talk to Mr. Trump about appointments, since a President needs to delegate to a large degree, the setting was not conducive for the proper follow-up that question would entail.

So I decided to use the interviews I conducted earlier as a basis for the question I’d try to ask. As the questions seemed to be all about knocking down it would be an excellent contrast.

As for getting the question as Mr. Trump had never met me raising a hand wouldn’t do, so I found the only way to hope to get a question is was to just ask it without stopping in the hope he would take it

He Did

The bad news was I was forced to use my backup camera as the lithium ion battery on my primary one was so low it started shutting off. The good news was Mr. Trump was so shocked at getting a question that was not intended to be an attack that he actually commented on it:

“I love that question, What a good guy. Who are you?” then pointing to one of the reporters in the front. “Why can’t you ask me a question like that?”

After Mr. Trump finished we were led to the main room. To my knowledge I wasn’t guaranteed a spot there but as soon as I packed up I followed along, to the main hall. It was packed:

The press was in a few rectangular areas between the two sections. With my primary camera down I figured other than his entrance I’d save my other shots for the Q & A and spoke a bit to some of the people I’d interviewed. When he entered the crowd went wild.

While Trump threw some heavy punches at the press the speech was pretty much the same speech he’s been giving so I figured the main event would be the Q & A so I recorded the first question

But I didn’t like the shot, you couldn’t really see him well so what I did instead was use my USB Microphone to record the audio of the rest of the speech, here. Because of he excellent sound system although I was far from the stage it came in clear.

There was a rush toward the stage but unfortunately for me that’s when I noticed my car keys missing. In the end I was able to find them in a different building but by that time Trump had left the building.

It will be interesting to see what happens with his next event in the state? Will it draw a different audience, will familiar political faces (that I didn’t see many of here) show up, or will it basically be “Trump Groupies”

If it’s the former then there is no reason to think Trump has reached his ceiling, if it’s the 2nd then it will mean a paradigm shift, if it’s the latter than Trump has a ceiling and he will have to be clever to parlay that to the nomination.

Whatever the result it won’t be boring.

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The 2nd of three posts on Donald Trump in Derry NH. Part 1 (The Pros & semi Pros) is here. Part 3 is here.

Once the people started arriving I went toward the main entrance. There were solid metal barriers separating the two sides of the entrance with a table to process people with tickets. The only way to get to one side vs the other was through the entranceway of the building.

Since I was on the ticked side I asked the people there first, however none of the 25 or so people there were interested. Perhaps is was the hat and scarf in 90 degree weather, or perhaps it was a reasonable distrust of the media but they all declined. So I went through the double doors to the other side. That side was for the handicapped and volunteers. There was a man named Ken happy to share his views.

If Ken’s voice sounds familiar to you that might be because he was shouting out a lot during Mr. Trump’s speech later that day.

Once the people saw from my interview with Ken that my interviews were straightforward and I wasn’t out to trap or spin anyone people were happy to talk. Shirley was next

That she changed her registration to vote for Trump was significant to me.

Trina, a Trump volunteer (and a big fan of my pal Pam Geller) was supposed to be next

But she was delayed briefly by a phone call so I talked to Jim and Lana before her

It’s worth noting that of that first four only Jim & Lana weren’t ready to pull the lever for Trump.

At this point I went back to the other side and in the twenty minutes or so that those interviews took the crowd had more than tripled and with the influx of people came many people willing to talk to me, one of the most interesting was a 13-year-old boy who had, for his birthday asked his mother to take him to see Donald Trump

Another surprise was Luke. He has come up from Maryland to scope out colleges and decided to detour after checking out Dartmouth to see Trump. He even had a copy of his book (which he would end up getting signed during the speech).

However more typical were people like Bruce

Eddie

and George:

What was interesting was as soon as I would talk to someone near the end of the line, the line would get longer and I would continue down the line doing interviews. EVentually I took a count of the line and Elena was #307

To be sure there were some interviews that were different. David had come with his brother and I didn’t realize at the time he apparently had a handicap. There was another fellow a young guy who called himself Ryan R Ryan who seemed to me to be trolling but since I made an open request for interviews I uploaded rather than erased them.

At the end of the line was a 2nd line for people who didn’t have tickets. Based on what Fred had told me their odds of getting in were pretty slim but that didn’t stop me.

The first person I talked to was Cheri, who believe it or not was a Hillary person but was considering Trump

I asked her about the email scandal but she thought it was much ado about nothing (proving Neo Neocon right)

I then talked to Nancy who was all in for Trump

and Richard

who was going to wait till he heard all the candidates before making a final decision.

By this time I headed back toward the press area it was getting closer the time of the Trump press availability. On my way back I did my last and in one sense most interesting interview

But the most interesting interview which was Carl

Who said he was interested in Trump but as a 3rd party rather than a GOP candidate, but it remains to be seen if the Donald can change his mind.

If you watch the interviews above you’ll notice several consistent thoughts

  1. People consider Trump a truth teller.
  2. People like that he’s politically incorrect

  3. People really like his immigration stance

All these things were in my mind as I checked the time and headed back to the press room to get ready for Mr. Trump’s arrival…

Update: Matt Lewis not withstanding Those people didn’t seem dangerous to me


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The second in an occasional series where I cover a single Presidential Candidate at multiple event in a day. My coverage of the WRKO event is here & my Bill O’Brien interview is here (My day of coverage of Ben Carson from mid May is here and here).

After getting the invite to the O’Brien House party for Cruz I hurried to my car in the hopes getting back & finding the speakers car, after a quick guardian angel prayer by an odd coincidence his car was just pulling out as I was and reminiscent of my Scott Brown Car Chase of 2010 I stuck to him as he took a bunch of side roads that I’d never be able to repeat.

On the way to his house the Speaker pulled into a Dunkin Donuts in Manchester. He and the Cruz team got out to get a drink

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And press the flesh

It’s worth noting that despite the 12 ft scarf the Senator apparently didn’t recognize me from the previous events I covered him at which goes to show how much different I look without long gray hair and a huge gray beard

One amusing story you might notice in this video two older ladies leaving while the Senator talks to the vet

One of them was wearing a tie die tee shirt with a peace sign. She was practically from central casting for a “60’s chicks for Bernie Sanders” call. The presence of Sen Cruz near her brought to mind a Vampire confronted with a crucifix. I stood near her table as I ate my croissant. The remarks she was quietly making to her friends concerning Ted Cruz fulfilled the stereotype of “Angry left” very well.

We got back in our cars and we arrived at the speakers house. Like me he has grapes and his back yard has an incredible view that a photo can’t do justice to

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About 120-150 people were there to hear the Senator I recorded a brief introduction

and after a photo or two

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the Event began. The Speaker introduced Senator Cruz with remarks similar to what he said in our interview an hour earlier. and then the Senator spoke for about 12 minutes.

You’ll note the Camera was a tad shaky during the first minute of the video, I have a touch of sciatica and it picked an awful time to flare on me.

After his remarks he took questions from those who attended and covered a wide range of subjects, Debt and Foreign Policy:

On fast Track

On the GOP majority and it’s actions/inactions this one is a MUST watch

You’ll notice that this one cut off suddenly the rest of the answer is here

He then took a question on Sequestration but for some reason my camera continued to act up so instead of a Q & A shot it became 5 short video segments you can see at Youtube as a playlist as posting it here would have been unwieldy.

As this was a House event and those showing up were not told there might be press I made it a point not to film the people asking questions as I thought it not appropriate (other than the Sequestration question from Rep Baldasaro who I knew had no issue with such filming).

After the Q & A Senator Cruz mixed with the crowd a bit and I interviewed Rep Baldasaro

Unlike the Speaker he has not made a final decision in fact he was on his way to a Scott Walker event directly after this one. One other pol there while a fan of Cruz had in fact decided on a different candidate but thought it inappropriate to do an interview announcing said support at a Cruz event.

Like the AM crowd this was definitely a Cruz Friendly Crowd as it was an invitation only the dynamic was a bit different. The Senator took the time to mix with the people and gave them a fair amount of time to make his case to them as the People of NH expect.

This had been the 2nd straight event where I had no net access so as I had an idea we were north of Milford NH I headed in the direction of one a Ray Kroc Memorial Media filing Center that was a mile or two away so I could charge the laptop and bring up the directions to the Andover MA event where I would end my day.

Update: As mentioned above there was a Scott Walker event in Rockingham NH but not being Padre Pio I couldn’t be in two places at one time, lucky for you Granite Grok was there. I’ll update when they do.

Update 2:  Here is the Scott Walker speech link with the speech from Granite Grok

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I have a lot of Ted Cruz video going up from his three events on May 30th  (4 if you count the brief stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way to Speaker O’Brien’s house) but the most important video is not an interview or  Q & A with the Senator it’s this interview with Former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien who has endorsed Senator Cruz and is part of his NH Team

When I interviewed the speaker a month ago he was being courted by several campaigns. Now he’s on the Cruz team, this not only gives Senator Cruz a big leg up with conservatives in the state but In a field with many strong conservatives this will make things rather complicated for a lot of other fellows

Oddly enough when I googled his news there was not much reporting on it, a Union Leader Story, a NH public Radio story and WMUR but I think this is a pretty big deal, particularly combined with Senator Bob Smith as co chair and a large field.

I would have thought this was worth some national coverage, but I have the odd feeling anything that boots Senator Cruz’s campaign is not going to play well with the MSM is it?

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn s for the rest of my Ted Cruz coverage from Saturday…
My First Ted Cruz coverage post is now up here (Cruz at the WRKO Town Hall at Southern NH University)

The 2nd Ted Cruz in Mt. Vernon NH is up now.

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The Lennox Hotel Boston Nov 6th 2012 10:15 p.m.

Thank you, Thank you all.

I want you all to know that I received a phone call from the president, to congratulate me on our hard-fought victory and expressing his delight that we would be able to spend the next four years working together to take this country in a direction we can be proud of.

They say that victory has a million fathers and defeat is an orphan. I am so grateful for all of your hard work, the long hours and the dedication to our cause that was so vital in our victory tonight but before I thank by name those who worked hardest I’d like to reflect for a moment on how we got here and remind you that a victory like the one we are celebrating tonight, is the child of not only our hard work but of taking advantage of changing times and the mistakes our opponents have made.

All of us remember that January day back in 2010 when Massachusetts defied the expectations of a nation and for the first time since the 70’s sent a member of the Grand old Party to the United States Senate. It was a seismic shift that sent shock waves nationwide. We saw the rise of the tea party. We saw the elections of 2010 giving the GOP the greatest electoral victory in a non-presidential year in generations, and we saw not only the retirement of longtime members of the congress like Ben Nelson and Barney Frank but we saw candidates for office from New York to West Virginia run away from President Obama in order to prevent electoral disaster.

And then, as it did a year prior, an election in January changed the equation.

In the state of New Hampshire just an hour’s trip away the voters of the Granite State after months of campaigning and considering choose to elevate Mitt Romney over his rivals giving him a solid victory in the Granite state in his quest for the GOP nomination.

The voters followed the party establishment, convinced that the best way to defeat Barack Obama was to select a candidate they thought would appeal to moderates and independents and to reject the conservatism that had been the staple of the tea party.

My friends it was that decision that changed the world. It was the decision that put Mitt Romney at the top of the Ballot for the GOP.

On reflection one might understand it, after all a successful businessman, a governor, a man with a clean family life that can appeal to moderates and who rejected the polarization of the tea party.

They thought they were playing it safe but it was a decision that progressives could not do without:

Without it progressives could not run against a candidate of Wall street on the top of the ticket GOP ticket.

Without it progressives could not, due to his professed faith, attack him on social conservatism, without energizing actual social conservatives who believed him “moderate”.

Without it we wouldn’t have the videos of candidate after candidate for the GOP twisting themselves in knots trying to explain to the media how they can run against “Obamacare” while supporting the author of “Romneycare” for president.

Without it tea party members all over the nation, the grass-roots activists who made 2010 what is was would have been energized and anxious to make calls, donate money and do the work of campaigning that every candidate needs to cross the finish line.

And without it, here in Massachusetts conservatives, already vacillating over Scott Brown’s record, might have been motivated just enough to hold their noses and turn out in an election and a state where Republicans need every possible vote.

Two years ago it appeared the tide of to progressivism had been stemmed, that the basic philosophy of government being there to take care of the people who served, was rejected.

Instead today we have four more years in the White House, a House retained despite overwhelming odds and here in Massachusetts the decisive senate seat held so long by the lion of liberalism Ted Kennedy back in the hands of the Democratic party where it belongs.

And while I am grateful beyond words for all you and I have done to get us here, I’d like to thank the voters of New Hampshire, may it never be forgotten that the first step on the journey that took me, Elizabeth Warren, to the Senate was taken by the voters in New Hampshire on a warm January day when we Democrats and liberals needed it most.