NOT Off to Manchester NH to cover POTUS Rally

Today (Thursday) is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a holy day of obligation so my day began with mass at 8 to fulfill my duty as a Catholic.

However my plans for the rest of the day are not my normal Thursday routine. Instead of getting ready for my last day of work for the week I will be heading up to Manchester NH to cover the President’s rally due to begin at 7 pm.

Thanks to the change in the economy since the last time I covered the future President during a campaign I was able to take a vacation day rather than rushing to cover then candidate Trump and then rushing to work still wearing my suit & press credential when I punched in and walked onto the floor.

That had been my plan today and if the Campaign had not decided to reject my media credential request I would at this moment be on the road grabbing a parking place half a day early and talking to the crowd that I suspect is already gathering to see him.

I decided against contacting Corey Lewandowski or folks from the NH GOP who I’ve covered for years to reverse this, I’m too old and too Sicilian for that.  If the campaign doesn’t want me there so be it.

If I had been there my plan had been to collect data for a question in my mind that I wanted to answer:

“What does the Trump base think of proposed ‘redflag’ laws and will disappointing them on the issue be enough to make them stay home in 2020?”

I think I know what the answer to that question will be, but would have rather spoken from hard data than my best guess, no matter how informed said guess might be.

New Hampshire is the perfect place to ask this question for three reasons.

1. It has a history of rejecting GOP candidates who disappoint them on the 2nd amendment see Scott Brown circa 2014.

2. Their governor Sununu , no movement conservative he, recently vetoed three anti-gun bills that the Democrat legislature passed in the wake of current events.

3. New Hampshire was a state President Trump lost by a hair in 2016 (47.62% to 47.25%) and is one that due to the booming economy might be expected to do better in circa 2020 even if there is a large run of Massachusetts voters suddenly appearing at the Granite State polls

It would have been wonderful to have a third chance to pose a question at a Trump campaign press conference, and frankly being able to question a sitting President would be the apex of any bloggers career, the real action however in my opinion, that matters in terms of Election 2020 is how his voters answered that question.

That’s, in my opinion, the story of the day, however I won’t be there to tell it.

But rest assured there will be plenty of members of the MSM who will be there, and their story of the day will be that the President is a racist, sexist, white supremacist whose economy is on the verge of recession and that those who support him are at best delusional or at worst aspiring Nazis who all aspire to be mass killers.

The fact that with minor variations this is the same story of the day that they have been telling since January 20th 2017 and before doesn’t seem to bother them as it fits in perfectly with the world view in their bubble.

Now maybe it’s just me but I’d think it would be a good idea to challenge this meme with 1st hand reporting and video to show it for the nonsense it is but hey if the President’s campaign doesn’t want that message challenged by someone like me, who am I to tell them otherwise?

Hey Guess what Didn’t happen in NH Last Week?

In election 2018 New Hampshire did what it tend to do every two years on the local level flip control. The Democrats took the majority in the state senate 14-10 reversing the previous margin while in the house the 212 to 167 GOP edge became a 233 – 167 Democrat majority. However Governor Chris Sununu managed to keep his seat as governor.

The New Hampshire being just as left as other leftist or more with refugees from Massachusetts regularly pouring in was anxious to push a radical agenda in the state and the governor has been a veto machine with 51 to his credit.

His three latest are of particularly interest, because with Dayton and El Paso in the news NH Democrats, as Granite Grok reported decided that 39 days after passing three anti-gun bills but not sending them to the governor it was time to strike!

The motivations for sending the legislation to Sununu’s desk at this exact moment is evident to anyone with an IQ above room temperature, on its face alone, not even accounting for the fact that they trampled all over their own minimum wage presser and messaging by doing so, which only adds to the transparency of the exercise.

The substance of these bills has been covered many times already, so I won’t go into it again, other than to remind you that the Governor only has three more days now to decide to Veto, Sign, or allow to become law.

It was a smart plan, you have the national media pushing this stuff bigtime, a moderate gop governor in the state house and hints nationally that the president might even consider some new gun laws. I’m sure there were many who thought that Sununu would allow these bills to be come law with our without his signature…right up until the moment he didn’t:

Late Thursday afternoon, without pomp and circumstance, Governor Sununu held true to his campaign promises and killed the latest and last 3 gun control bills of the year, despite mounting pressure from the press and the Democrats.

The Governor has frequently and repeatedly announced his support for leaving the gun laws of our state as they are, saying “Look, I think the laws we have on firearms in the state are pretty darn good and I’m not looking for any additional restrictions at this time,” to reporters in February.

Turns out he meant it.

As the group progun NH put it:

The governor is right, we don’t need new laws just so politicians can smile and pretend they did something when in fact they did nothing good at all. ProGun NH thanks the governor for his steadfast support of law abiding NH citizens and keeping New Hampshire one of the safest states in the USA.

With the president due in the state in a few days the importance of the governor’s decision can’t be overstated.