Romney's New Hampshire Primary Shoe-In: The Race for Second Place Among the Also-Rans

“I just can’t take any more!” one reporter assigned to cover the former speaker said to her colleagues after yet another Gingrich stem winder. Mr. Paul’s supporters were everywhere, but not so much Mr. Paul. Mr. Huntsman was enjoying a bit of the spotlight, but his candidacy would likely collapse even if he somehow eked past Mr. Paul.

Mr. Romney had the most volunteers in the state, but they too were a relatively muted crew. During Saturday’s debate, the campaign headquarters in Manchester locked the door against all press and outsiders and hosted a debate-watching party for a few dozen supporters. They snacked on popcorn chicken and Dum-dum lollipops but mostly fought off drowsiness as the candidates refrained from attacking one another. The only time they got energized was when Mr. Huntsman said that a typical Saturday night for him meant speaking with his sons who were serving overseas in the military. “Boo!” the Romneyites yelled. “Pander!”

Even the protesters couldn’t quite summon the energy.

Ms. Hutchings, the Occupy protester bird-dogging Mr. Santorum at the lake, did eventually get called on. But before the light of the TV cameras and few hundred Republicans, she lost her nerve, and could only meekly offer up a question about what he intended to do about jobs, which Mr. Santorum brushed off with vague rhetoric.

Disappointed, Ms. Hutchings gathered a half-dozen of her fellow Occupiers and chased after a confused Mr. Santorum chanting, “Occupy Wall Street! Occupy Wall Street!” Reporters stopped her to find out if she was from New Hampshire and what she thought of the candidates.

“Don’t you see?” she implored. “It’s all a charade!”

dfreedlander@observer.com

3 thoughts on “Romney's New Hampshire Primary Shoe-In: The Race for Second Place Among the Also-Rans

  1. Mitt Romney is a sociopath. Santorum wants to declare war on gays, and anyone with turbins.

    Why is the only sane candidate, the one marginalized as extreme?

    If a country tried to declare it’s autonomous independence from the US Empire, let’s say the Taliban government in Afghanistan wanted to be left alone, and wanted their own country and wanted to violently kick out American occupation, would we be ok with that? Of course not, because we are an Empire.

    That is exactly how America was born. Have we forgotten that? Only Britain is now the US Empire, and the Taliban government and Afghanistan were the Continental Army during the revolution.

    Same analogy, different scenario. We are now the Red-Coats, and we are no longer American, the exact opposite of what we fought the Revolutionary War for.

    I find the mainstream view of this political race a complete insult to my intelligence, with extreme bias in support of the status-quo and the military-industrial-complex. I think MOST people who hang their American flag on their cars and houses, or blindly support the troops don’t even know they are supporting American self-destruction with their ignorance and apathy. Washington and Jefferson would be appalled as to why they risked their lives for the Great Experiment of Liberty that blew away in the wind over decades of slow destruction of the Bill of Rights, and blatant disregard for the Constitution.

    Go to sleep America, your government has got it under control. Here, watch the Super Bowl, shut up.

  2. New Hampshire is a liberal state and not typical for the rest of the country.   Romney has no chance in the south, and Republican conservatives like Santorum and Perry will do well in the South and the West, and will defeat Romney for the nomination.

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