Well NH, you decided that you didn’t want Kelly Ayotte as your senator so you sent governor Maggie Hassan to the US senate and on her first day in the sunlight she manages to beclown herself.

Here is the Daily Caller story:

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan appeared to be unaware during a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that a Washington Post story about Russian hacking into the Vermont power grid has been completely debunked and retracted.

“Two weeks ago The Washington Post reported that a hacking group connected with the Russian government managed to infiltrate the Burlington Electric power company in Vermont,” Hassan said to retired Marine Gen. John Kelley during his confirmation hearing to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Hassan, who took office this month after serving as governor of New Hampshire, showed no indication during the questioning that she was aware that The Post’s story has been found to be “fake news.”

The retractions on that story were rather epic and it’s quite an embarrassment for Senator Hassan and her staff.

Then again did anyone familiar with Senator Hassan’s record as NH governor or her campaign against Senator Ayotte really expect her to know or care about the difference between the truth and falsehood?

Following the money can be an intriguing political exercise. Take one Planned Parenthood affiliate’s political expenditures, for example. When a candidate benefits from PP expenditures and later has to vote on a PP contract, when does business-as-usual becomes a matter of ethical concern?

Darlene Pawlik wants to find out. She’s checking things out close to her New Hampshire home, and she has filed a complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Committee against Governor Maggie Hassan and Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. The complaint might be heard formally at the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for August 3.

Pawlik was prompted to act by a June 2016 “do-over” vote by the state’s Executive Council that sent “family planning” money to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England only months after the same Council turned down a similar PPNNE contract proposal. It’s unusual for a contract denied in a fiscal year to be re-introduced and approved in substantially the same terms later in the same fiscal year, but that’s what the Executive Council did with its 3-2 vote on June 29.

A bit of background: PPNNE is the region’s largest abortion provider, although the New Hampshire contracts are for “family planning” services and are not meant to be used for abortions. (Thereby hangs a tale for another day.)  The denial of the original contract hardly de-funded PPNNE, however much the denial gave PP supporters the vapors. PPNNE’s budget is $20 million a year. The original contract was for $638,000; the do-over contract was for a little less than that. By comparison, PPNNE spent $1.5 million on “public policy” in 2014. That doesn’t count campaign donations and independent campaign expenditures by PPNNE’s political arm.

Back to the do-over vote. The more recent contract passed because executive councilor and GOP candidate for governor Chris Sununu switched his vote from 2015. PPNNE’s Action Fund stayed out of Sununu’s race in the 2014 election.  On the other hand, the campaigns of Governor Hassan and Councilor Van Ostern were the beneficiaries of PP donations. Hassan, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate, named a pro-PP commissioner of health and human services earlier this year who promised during his confirmation process that he would “bring back” the PP contract. Van Ostern was the chief cheerleader for PP on the Council during the recent reconsideration vote. He is a Democratic candidate for governor.

In her ethics complaint, Pawlik alleges that as recipients of PP donations, Hassan and Van Ostern should have recused themselves from any action on contracts with PPNNE. The governor has no vote on the Executive Council, but she presides at Council meetings and was more than happy in that capacity to speak in PP’s favor at the June meeting before the contract vote was taken.

It’s hardly news that political committees get involved in elections, and it’s hardly news that governments do business with entities associated with those committees.What’s news is that a concerned citizen is taking action to clarify how much back-scratching is too much. The same-fiscal-year reconsideration of a rejected contract begs for further scrutiny.

The New Hampshire Union Leader quoted PPNNE’s vice-president for public policy as saying “PPNNE and its Political Action Fund are ‘separate and distinct organizations with different funding, different activities and different tax status.’” Presto: no conflict of interest, says PP.

Look again, says Darlene Pawlik.

She is appealing to an Ethics Committee that is under most New Hampshire residents’ radar. The Committee itself has been moribund for several months, with its three most recent scheduled meetings cancelled. There’s a meeting scheduled for August 3, though, and we know now that at least one complaint should be getting a hearing.

Stay tuned.

Ellen Kolb writes about the life issues at http://leavenfortheloaf.com. When she's not writing, she's hiking in New Hampshire.
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The first part of this story about Magnificent Seven Writer and Author Tim Imholt’s arrival and mine at St. Anselm and our denial of press credentials is  here I pick up the story at the top of a rise under a tree overlooking the parking lot & entrance to the press and candidate area of the hall were the event takes place.

By the time I recharged my laptop candidates like Rick Perry & Rick Santorum had arrived. There were a few passers-by including a visiting couple that had inquired about getting in and had been initially told that some spots were reserved for students if some of the ticket holders didn’t make it they might gain admission. I offered to interview them, as the lady worked for the state department she demurred but her husband, a naturalized citizen, was kind enough to give me a few minutes:

I found his interest in a challenger for Hillary fascinating but what I found much more immediately interesting was the revelation that all of the attendees were pre-screened (which I suspect had a lot more to do with their inability to get in). That said more about the event than anything else.

I spent a fair amount of time with a retired local resident who was a former local official who I would consider fairly far left, nevertheless we had a great and friendly conversation and his anecdotes concerning various candidates were quite amusing. (It’s often forgotten that people can strongly disagree on political beliefs but get along famously.

With the colleges wireless internet signal I was able to tweet and write a bit but with a limited battery I had to occasionally head into the building behind me to charge, while charging I was able to monitor the event just as effectively as if I was in the press room since they had no access to the stage (many people don’t realize that at the vast majority of events like this press are in rooms like this and wait until either individuals leave a state or said event ends before approaching to try to get their interviews (or wait in a “spin room” for the candidates or their reps to come). With lightning flashes outside (but not rain) in sight I went back inside and decided my plan would be to watch the stream until the event was over, then go outside to try to grab interviews of either individuals or candidates.

As far as the event itself, it was very substantive except for the stupid $20 bill question.  (Frankly the answer should have been.  “I think american women care less about who is on the twenty than having an economy that makes jobs so they can have more of those $20 in their pocket.”)  The main effect was to display to political junkies (who frankly were the only people watching) that all of the candidates are competent people of actual accomplishments.  Any one of them in a normal year would be a credible candidate.

But with 17 candidates including Donald Trump who changes the normal dynamic it remains to be see what will happen.

The drawbacks were large, it was dark so the video quality might be iffy and as candidates would likely be moving I’d want the microphone connected to the laptop to get audio on the fly and as the mic drew its power from the laptop it would kill my battery faster, so I would have to carry the open laptop, the mic and the monopod with the camera all at once, so the plan was this. I started the record button on Audacity with the mic off and let it run, cradled the laptop with my arm while holding the mic in my right hand turning it on with my thumb while carrying the monopod & camera in my left figuring I’d could hit record with that thumb when ready.

I would produce two products my normal video interviews and an audio (coupled with stills from the video) with the entire set of interviews which you can watch here:

The people coming out that I approached seemed disinterested in talking to me. I briefly considered trying to enter as the event was over but given the tightness of the security decided against it (that decision was validated when after everyone left I was challenged when I tried to get a drink from a bubbler that was near the door within seconds.)

I noticed that the SUV’s were approaching the exits for some candidates but was too slow to get to Gov Perry with all I was carrying but I had better luck with Gov Pataki who came out right as I was near his door.

It was a bit tough keeping the gov centered while keeping the separate mic steady (I could really use an intern but finances can’t justify one), but the interview was good.

A few minutes later I noticed Gov Scott Walker in another part of the area doing what appeared to be an interview. I moved over and requested 2-3 minutes but he declined. So I headed back toward the parking lot just as Governor Jindal was leaving and managed to get 40 second walking interview 25 second of it on video.

by now most of the lot was empty but I saw Rick Santorum coming and the Senator recognizing me was kind enough to stop for a full interview which contained the line of the night concerning Iraq:

And in this interview he gave, in my opinion the line of the night (emphasis mine)
“Here’s what I would say is that everybody who votes against this resolution and votes for the Iran deal, everybody who votes for the Iran deal owns everything Iran gonna do from this point forward. If you feel comfortable that this deal will do what the President says, you go and vote for it, but if you don’t if you know and I can’t imagine anyone whose watched Iran for any length of time knows Iran’s not going to keep this deal they’re going to pursue a nuclear weapon and they’ll probably be a nuclear power within in a very short period of time under this deal.  You’re going to own that and you’re going to take responsibility for everything that happens.

You can see the flashes lighting up the sky behind the senator and as I couldn’t cover the 3rd exit that I presume the candidates I didn’t see left from I figured it was time to get myself as I’d been there since 1 PM before those thunderstorms became rain.

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Rick Perry presses the flesh

Today I visited Nashua Community College for a Rick Perry BBQ & speech coming just after his official announcement.

The event was at the Nashua Community college on Rte 101A in NH.  I always feel odd here because back in my college days a lot of this area was woods before the great migration from Massachusetts took place.

The first person I interviewed was a state Rep from Derry named John Potucek.

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His line about waiting for a line to inspire him really struck me. There are an awful lot of GOP candidates and potential candidates and I suspect that for most people there are 2 or more candidates who are on their A+ list Another 2-3 who would be rated B+ to A at least half a dozen who are solid B’s and with a few C’s and a couple of F’s (You’ll get the chance to vote on that on our newest poison poll soon). I have a real feeling there are a ton of voters who are just like him waiting for something to force his choice but not sure what.

Meanwhile the setup continued with people preparing the stage while the group that would be cooking the

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hamburgers and the dogs got to work to feed the expected crowd.

The event was scheduled for 4 p.m but the governor was coming down from a previous event from the lake country about an hour north. Meanwhile press starting to show up setting up both across from the state and the Granite Grok team who are the first people you should check out when you are looking at NH politics. I started to speak to Steve MacDonald
but in the middle of the interview Mike Rogers which made for a rather odd interview.

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The Granite Grok Table

Within a few minutes Mike showed up and began their setup with a table and tent to keep. They kindly invited me to sit there but I decided to stay in the cafeteria where I had set up a small area to upload video and stay charged. Heading back there to upload some video I interviewed a VFW member Paul Chevalier one of several vets highly visible vets in attendance.

It was clear that Perry as one of only two vets in the race (the other being Lindsey Graham) was going to go lot on the vet card. Meanwhile people started eating

As the vets started upstairs for the private meeting with the Governor I noticed several people who I saw at the FITN some of which were at the Laconia event, first I spoke to Vito of the Vito and Vito show

And then I talk to Mona of Politichicks who in addition to talking about Perry has been covering the police situation in NY

I then spoke to Kate who is now working at the Daily Signal

I think she has great potential. I counted about 200 downstairs and by the time the vets came downstairs and more people showed up by the time Gov Perry came downstairs the numbers were about 350

The governor mixed with the crowd before his speech and it’s not everybody that has a medal of honor recipient on the stage with them. Perry than gave his speech.

He spent a good amount of the speech talking veterans affairs and his record on the issue. He compared Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and our current situation to 1979. It’s something that a lot of us have been KODAK Digital Still Camerasaying for years, but frankly other than his Texas record (which is very strong) the speech wasn’t anything that inspiring.

When the speech was over he again dived into the crowd and I found myself with mixed feelings I was there to cover Rick Perry and get a question or two in but I must confess I had never seen a Medal of Honor let alone a person wearing one in the flesh and I considered heading toward but as you might guess he was almost as popular as the governor.

So I repositioned myself toward the area where he was leaving & started my camera with the intention of asking: “The MSM is doing their best to define the GOP field to the public, what is your plan to define yourself before they can do it to you?” once he finished with the crowd, however once he was beyond the crowd & and I started to ask my question he simply continued to walk, I tried to continue my quest as I’d done walking questions with Gov Huckabee & Jindal but Gov Perry silently accelerated away from me to his waiting car about 10 yards away.

It was an excellent impersonation of Hillary Clinton and was quite a contrast to both Senators Cruz & Carson who had not only taken questions from the crowd at events I covered but had taken questions from reporters & bloggers.

But in the end my annoyance doesn’t change the fact that as a Vet with a much more conservative record that Lindsey Graham can hope he has a strong card to play in the primaries and no amount of him running from me changes the fact that for his 14 years as governor of Texas his policies have caused both businesses and individual to run toward his state.

That’s quite a record and in a sane world would be a logical counter to the media defining him as a buffoon the last time around (whoever convinced him to run for president while on pain meds should be hung). However given the electorate’s willingness to ignore reality & believe the MSM’s memes on both Romney & Obama it might take some effort to change that meme. That could make him a much weaker candidate that he deserves to be.

How he counters that will determine if he gets any farther than the last time.

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Yesterday after my wife went to work I and about 350 people (I counted 333)  spent a mother’s day afternoon with Ben Carson at Manchester Community College as he introduced himself, his values and his thoughts on  America’s future to them.KODAK Digital Still Camera

As it was mother’s day he spent a lot of time on his mother & childhood years & college years (How many people have Anna Freud as one of their Psychology instructors )

He talked about his faith (“You don’t need a PhD to talk to God just faith”) The Re-election of Barack Obama (“It was like being slapped in the face with a fish, it woke people up”) On the nature of America (“Our nation was designed in such a way that the People would be at the Pinnacle”) (“The Government is there to facilitate Life Liberty & Happiness not govern every aspect of our lives”) But his main theme was taking personal responsibility

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He Took several questions from the Audience on Medical savings accounts

On the Military

On Scripture & the 2nd Amendment (two questions here)

at the end the event I interviewed people in line for a picture of him. Rachel & Jacob

Frank

Dave

And Dan

When everyone who wanted a picture had a chance to get one He consented to a short interview by me

Between me & the crowd He answered half as many question as Hillary Clinton has in her entire campaign

the fact he was not a pol and did not seem to be stage managed appealed to the crowd. This struck me as one of the least rehearsed Political events I ever covered, at least it would be until I saw him later that day in Hollis but that’s a later post.

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LOWE: You will join the Swarm to be consumed, to become part of our purpose!

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Brill: Well, if they’re big and you’re small, then you’re mobile and they’re slow. You’re hidden and they’re exposed.

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Day two of the FITN GOP leadership summit in Nashua New Hampshire started strong for me. I got to the Crowne Plaza early and the entire press room was mine for the taking:

If you’ve never been in that situation that means you can pick the sweet spot were you can see the access doors where the candidate are coming in and out, next to the area where they speak to media so you don’t have to move while still having easy access to a plug for charging your stuff.

Location Location Location.

But even as the press credentials burned through my fedora screaming NO! I found a place across from the hotel Salon, not only as far as you could get from the press room but technically outside the event area where people who lacked a ticket were restricted to, and that’s where I planted myself for the day.

Now at first glance that might seem like a bad idea, after all smaller bloggers have fought very hard for the right to be considered equals with the MSM and if one is credentialed one should take advantage of it. But there are two factors that made the decision easy. The first is at a GOP event being part of the press scrum is like wearing a big sign in front of a candidate saying “I’m here to destroy you if I can” but the second is the same factor just mentioned above.

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While the Press Entrance was next to the door connecting to the green room & private area most people not named Trump don’t want to be instantly swarmed by press. The Salon spot not only gave good plug access it allowed me a view of the main entrance and the experience next to the bar restaurant meaning when someone like Say Carly Fiorina is coming in.

You can get that interview exclusively or if you’re very lucky when Senator Ted Cruz comes in and start signing autographs for voters

You can get a couple of exclusive questions in without another press person in sight.

Instead of having to hunt with the swarm like this:

and have (almost) the same footage as everyone else

Now you might ask, where was the swarm while I got those uncluttered bits with Senator Cruz?   Well the swarm had descended on Governor John Kasich of Ohio I filmed part of it…

…But left because think about it for a second. Not only were all the question on the same gotcha theme but every media person was shooting the same thing it produced no reason for a reader to come to this site to see it.

Now some candidates used this wisely for example when Rand Paul (Who I think doesn’t get enough credit for pure cunning) he allowed the swarm to envelop him in public areas as he moved though

To the point where they were taking pictures of him in the elevator doors

NUCLEUS [OC]: Fool. Do you think a metal barrier can contain the Swarm?

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After all nothing says “journalism” like a shot of a candidate in an open elevator and God forbid your editor finds out you’re the only news organization that didn’t get a swarm question on Kasich or that elevator picture of Rand Paul.

Senator Paul understand this thus he allowed interviews on the second floor away from the pack thus getting the attention of the swarm while still being able to be somewhat in control.  He knows how to counter these guys at their own game

Not all Journalists stick to this game.  For example while I made regular strolls to the Press room to see what was going and was able to pick up walking interviews such as this one with Governor Mike Huckabee before returning to my spot

(That’s Lee Fang of Think Progress jumping in with a question)

Mark Halpern who grabbed that sweet spot that had been open in the room regularly drifted to where I was and was able to get some one on one time with people like Senator Lindsey Graham.

He was an excellent example of adapting within the swarm.

But on the whole the rest of the swarm remained within the swarm staring at the monitors & typing away.

Even when the speakers were done and the press hit the bar the rules of the swarm remained as evidenced when during Gov Scott Walker barside entrance to a small dinner.

So tell me dear news consumer, how do you like your journalism, inside or outside the swarm?

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I spoke to Senator Sam Cataldo on Day one of FITN Republican Leadership Conference Nashua NH

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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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As everyone knows I supported first Karen Testerman and then Bob Smith for the GOP Senate in NH furthermore I argued that nominating Scott Brown might cause 2A and pro-life people to stay home.

However not only did Scott Brown win the primary but he’s run an excellent campaign overall. Combine this with a poor campaign by Shaheen, and the record of president Obama on Ebola & ISIS and viola Senator Brown has a real chance to take that seat.

In one respect win or lose Brown has already done a huge service for the GOP. When the election season began nobody was picking NH as a state the GOP could flip. Thanks to a strong well-financed campaign by Brown the left has spent an inordinate amount of 3rd party/national money resources defending New Hampshire that they could have spent in Louisiana, or Alaska, or North Dakota, or Colorado, or Arkansas, or Iowa, or North Carolina or Montana or Virginia or in the Florida Governor Race etc etc etc.

Taking money from the left is good, but winning the Senate is better and now the Tea Party and Conservatives in New Hampshire have a chance to not only spike the ball providing a final service for conservatives running nationwide.

Until election day an election is like a marketing campaign, but on election day it’s like a battle where morale is critical. As New Hampshire is one of the eastern states it will be reporting earlier than many other states.

If the Democrats media allies can project a victory in New Hampshire fairly early it will keep up the morale of liberals farther west where pols are still open who will be working as hard as they can to hold senate and house seats. It will provide a narrative that will make it easier for Democrat talking heads to keep the troops fighting till the last poll closes.

But picture if by 9 or 10 PM New Hampshire is still in doubt, or better yet imagine if the networks find themselves calling the state for Brown.

Picture the analysts on MSNBC trying to spin a Brown victory as not a fatal disaster for Democrats, picture them trying to give hope to their party faithful farther west, that a loss in NH doesn’t mean the Senate is going GOP bigtime while wearing drawn faces. Even a race that can’t be called will have a depressing effect.

Such a blow could be critical, if the left decides there simply isn’t hope how many may choose to give up? How many will go home, stop working, vote for a green or 3rd party liberal or even to not bother to vote figuring they can’t make a difference. Picture what that will mean not just in Senate & House races but up and down the ticket for the GOP.

While Senator Brown is not the ideal candidate to many conservatives aiding a victory by him on Tuesday might in NH might make the difference between winning and losing for stronger House and Senate conservatives across the nation.

So I urge you , if you are a New Hampshire Tea Party voter, a second amendment defender or even like me, a strong pro-life voter and considered staying home or even voting 3rd party reconsider, because choosing to elect Scott Brown may do more for your cause than you can possibly imagine.

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Well the Massachusetts & New Hampshire Primaries are over and I have thoughts about the results

1. I think Martha Coakley has one advantage over Steve Grossman when it comes to facing Charlie Baker, because she has lost a race to a republican she is unlikely to take him lightly. Granted it’s unlikely the prospect of a national GOP wave will make any difference in Massachusetts, if you are a Democrat the last thing you want to do is let your guard down. Coakley has been burned once I doubt she’ll let herself get burned again.

2. Mark Fisher drew 25% of the vote. One must assume that this is the Tea Party ceiling in the state, 39,545. Charlie Baker didn’t need these votes to win the primary but he is definitely going to need them in November.

3. If you want to get an idea of how uphill a fight Baker has. with 98% of the vote in Baker drew 114,461. Don Berwick The Third place finisher in the Democrat primary who you likely never heard of drew 113,296. Think of it. Baker’s 74% of the GOP vote only outpolled an unknown democrat by 1,165 votes.

4. Let’s put it another way, it’s been suggested that a lot of conservatives took Democrat ballots to vote against Coakley. If every single one of those Grossman votes go to Baker and all of Berwick’s votes go to Coakley Baker loses by over 30,000 votes unless he draws those Fisher votes. This is what you call a rock and a hard place.

5. The most interesting result of the night in the state was Seth Moulton unseating Rep John Tierney in the 6th district drawing over 49% of the vote to Tierney’s 41% (three minor candidates drew a combined 9.7%

6. Tierney’s wife’s conviction for tax evasion should have doomed him in 2010 but he won re-election by 13 points that year and 1 point in 2012. The lesson? Voters in Massachusetts 6th district would rather elect a known Democrat Crook than any republican, conservative or liberal.

7. I’ve not seen a Democrat with a more attractive resume than Seth Mouton, businessman, Marine with 4 tours in Iraq however as I look at his issue page all I see a liberal who supports Obamacare, wants more gun laws and thinks Climate Change is the #1 issue facing the world. On the plus side he loves his country enough to fight for it and isn’t a crook.

I’m old enough to remember when those two sentences would have been almost a given for a democrat, now it’s extraordinary.

8. If Richard Tisei couldn’t beat John Tierney he has absolutely no prayer against Mouton. On social issues there is practically no difference between them (Moe Lane is dead wrong here) so Mouton’s 4 tours as a Marine in Iraq will be the deciding factor but that’s not as fatal as his but , particularly given that Tisei’s boycott of the convention was an embarrassment to both the party & Baker. While it was overshadowed by the party’s foolishness vis a vis Fisher there are people in the establishment with long memories who haven’t forgiven him.

7. With the house safely in GOP hands no matter what happens in Ma-6 the national party which might have kicked in a few bucks vs Tierney isn’t going to waste a penny in the impossible task of defeating Mouton.

8. In New Hampshire I was sad to see Andrew Hemingway lose the GOP primary for governor. He is a dynamic young man who would have been a great candidate.

9. The single most important number in Scott Brown’s victory yesterday is 49%. If NH had a runoff system like Mississippi Brown would have to face Jim Rubens head to head. That would have been an interesting race

10. Brown’s ability to get almost 50% in a contested GOP primary suggests that NH is at the tipping point. Within a generation or two NH will not be an acceptable destination for conservatives wanting out of Massachusetts & it wouldn’t surprise me to see them start fleeing NH for red states.

11. On the plus side for the GOP Brown’s large campaign chest is going to force Democrats to devote millions to keep NH from giving the GOP any bit of wiggle room if they take back the senate. (That alone should be enough of an argument for conservatives to unite behind Brown. Every dollar spent in NH by the left is a dollar they can’t spend to defend in NC LA or anywhere else.

12. The most hopeful result was Marilinda Garcia’s victory in the nh-2 congressional race. I’ve been following Garcia for a while and she is the real deal. I suspect the left will go all out to stop her even beyond Brown.