A New Hampshire pollster has been asking New Hampshire voters what they think of various potential candidates for our 2008 primary, and they have some pretty strong feelings for one of the candidates.
Feelings best summed up by words such as “criminal,” “megalomaniac,” “satanic,” and “political whore.”
Now, these are not new terms to be tossed at the august Junior Senator from the Empire State, but these people with such utter revulsion for Ms. Rodham Clinton are Democrats. The same sort of New Hampshire Democrats who elected a Democratic governor (who has done a pretty decent job so far, and a great breath of fresh air from the arrogant technocrat Republican he defeated) and pushed the state into the Kerry column last election. We have our share of moonbats here in the Granite State (largely clustered around Keene, Hanover, and Durham, the homes of Keene State College, Dartmouth College, and the University of New Hampshire respectively), but for the most part our Democrats are fairly mainstream, middle-of-the-road, decent folks who are just a bit wrong-headed on a lot of issues. Hell, until last December, I’d been one of them for about five years. (Long story short: declared Democrat to vote for Bradley in 2000, forgot to change it back to “independent,” then procrastinated about it for a long time.)
Perhaps this is a factor in why certain elements in the national Democratic Party are looking to diminish New Hampshire’s prominence in the 2008 primary. I am fairly comfortable in speculating that Ms. Rodham Clinton would like to simply dispense with the annoyance of having to campaign for the nomination, especially here in New Hampshire, where it gets very up-close and personal. (One of my fonder memories is from 1992, when I saw Bill Clinton glad-handing in downtown Manchester. I proudly snubbed him.) Hell, she’d probably enjoy skipping the election entirely, and just proceeding with the coronation.
Sorry it doesn’t work that way, Senator. And good luck overcoming those perceptions of you, but you worked very hard to win them in the first place.