It’s a good time for New Hampshire right now. We survived the Great Blizzard of 2010, which did a good job of weeding out some of the pretenders from the Real New Hampshirites (the poseurs are booking flights south), and last November we started undoing the big mistakes we made in 2006 and 2008.
When New Hampshire “turned blue” in those elections and went Democratic, a lot of people misunderstood what had happened. My state didn’t embrace the Democrats, we rejected the Republicans.
For decades, New Hampshire was solidly Republican — so much that the state GOP was divided into two camps: the plutocrats and the ideologues. Or, as I called them, the arrogant rich and the arrogant stupid. They squabbled back and forth, and whenever they got too into it with each other, the Democrats would sneak in a few victories.
But then both factions got complacent, and figured just having the “R” after their name was sufficient to keep winning. Neither noticed the influx of out-of-staters who had fled other states for their asinine government policies, and then started pushing to start them up right here. They were bound and determined to recreate their own failing states right here, forgetting that those policies were why a lot of them left those states.
So, in 2006, the Democrats took pretty much everything. And immediately they acted… well, like Democrats. The state’s budget went up about 16% into a single year. And while they didn’t match that hike in subsequent years, they certainly tried.
Last month, we started undoing it. The Republicans took back both US House seats, as well as both houses of the state legislature and the Executive Council. The only major survivors of the Great Democrat Massacre were Senator Jeanne Shaheen (not up for re-election) and Governor John Lynch (who’s kept his more liberal tendencies quiet, and was facing a relative nobody — the Republican son of a very prominent Democrat, of all things).
That’s the big picture. It’s the smaller details that make things… interesting.
]]>< ![CDATA[First up, the chairmanship of the state GOP Committee is up for grabs. John H. Sununu, the former governor and Chief of Staff for the first President Bush (not to be confused with his son, John E. Sununu, the former US Senator) is retiring after leading the state GOP back to power. One of the leading candidates is a very active member of the Tea Party movement.
Second, the resurgence of conservatism here in New Hampshire has not gone unnoticed in certain circles. The ultra-liberal Boston Phoenix (think of them as equivalent to the Village Voice) is speculating that Republican presidential wannabes just might not be found as conservative enough (think Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney) could founder on the rocky shores of the Granite State. (No, that’s not a mixed metaphor; we have a seacoast. The smallest seacoast of any state that has one, but we have one.)
Finally, one of our departing Democrats is giving everyone a good taste of how lucky we are to be rid of her — and making a lot of us wonder what the hell her supporters were thinking (or drinking, or smoking, or snorting) when the put her in office. Carol Shea-Porter (D-Moonbat) is blaming Chinese Commies for her defeat.
Stupid Carol. Why would they do that? You’re practically one of their own.
In 2006 and 2008, New Hampshire voters looked at the Republicans and said “you guys need to stop taking us for granted and get your act together.” In 2010, we woke up with a hell of a hangover, looked at what the Democrats had done to our state (and nation), and said “OK, GOP, let’s see if you’ve pulled your heads out of your asses enough to do things right — ‘cuz you most likely couldn’t do worse than those bozos.”
America, on behalf of my state, I apologize. We really didn’t mean what we’ve been doing for the past few years. And we’re coming back to our senses now, just in time for the 2012 presidential primary.
Give us another chance? Please?