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Manchester Publisher's Note: The blueies fumble
By†Jody Reese

For the record, Iím not a huge fan of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.

Iíve covered it as a reporter and watched as the world media has covered it, not always showing New Hampshire in the best light. But it does bring this state a whole lot of business and makes our elected officials feel real important ó and that counts for something. On the whole, Iím agnostic on the primary.

Still, I thought it was amusing, in the sad sort of way, that the Democrats decided that New Hampshire was too white and too suburban to continue to be so important in picking the next presidential nominee.

In this two-party system, we voters only have two choices, Ivy-league red and Ivy-league blue. So, itís in everyoneís interest to make sure that both nominees are decent, honest, humble and, you know, honest.

Itís also important from my I-hate-all-parties point of view that one party doesnít dominate all of our federal government. So when Bill Clinton was president I tended to vote for the red guys and with Bush, I tend to go blue.

So, I feel itís important for the blue guys to win one in the next few years. All this red leadership has led us into huge debt, a destabilizing war, some corruption and the disaster that followed Hurricane Katrina.

But these blue guys are really making that hard (harder even than getting people to like John Kerry). First, they have absolutely no platform, no unity and of course, no idea how to win. And then even worse they go and put some political-insider caucus from Nevada before the New Hampshire primary, telling the world this has been done to get more black and Latino voters involved in choosing the next blue nominee ó as if all that stood between Al Sharpton and being nominated the last time around was New Hampshireís whiteness.

The blueies seem to have forgotten a really important point in all this white-brown-blackness: winning. And for a guy, like me, whoís tired of the reddening of America, this is distressing. Youíd think that if the blueies wanted to win they would hold their primaries in a swing state ó you know, like New Hampshire. Worse, they chose a caucus, which is an impressive-sounding word for a ďgathering of party hacks.Ē So, as it stands, the lineup for the blues is party-hack contest, party-hack contest, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has some great electoral qualities. OK, it has one. Itís a swing state. And itís a swing state because ó guess what, blueies? ó itís full of white, middle-class people who can vote in either the blue or red primaries and who do. Hold on, folks, we may have found the cause of all blue failure here. Thatís right, itís those very white, middle-class voters that the blues donít want choosing the next nominee who will elect the next president. Now, if you donít let those voters choose the next nominee then itís really unlikely that New Hampshire or any other white suburban state is going to choose your candidate. Thatís just the way the world works.

On the other hand, if the blues canít even manage their own party and build a system to win, how good are they going to be at governing? Then again, itís obvious that winning clearly doesnít lead to good deciding, er, leadership.


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