They remember that John McCain did well in New Hampshire as Democrats voted in the Republican primary to try to destory George W. Bush as the 2000 Republican nominee.
McCain's appeal to Democrats was he could perhaps take down Bush. Who was going to win the Democratic nomination in 2000? Everyone knew that it was going to GORE. Bradley didn't have a snowballs chance so Democrats were urged to go to the polls and vote for McCain.
The same thing happened in South Carolina. My liberal sister went to the polls in 2000 and voted in the Republican primary for McCain.. She would not have voted for McCain in the general election. She would rather have her eyes put out than fail to vote for Al Gore in the general election. But in Sou8h Carolina,Bush and Rove had a conservative state and McCain got little Republican support. There were not enough Democrats to cross over to prevent Bush from a landslide Victory.
This time Hillary faces a strong challenge in New Hampshire. Hillary, Edwards, and Obama will be seeking all the Democratic votes they can get. So the number of Democrats voting in the Republican primary in New Hampshire will be very small.
The only candidate McCain will slay in New Hampshire is McAble.
If we don’t get Fred nominated, Edwards is going to coast in November. Match him up against everyone who is or might be in his way:
Clinton-Edwards. Woman or man.
Obama-Edwards. Black or white.
Giuliani-Edwards. Adulterer or not (as far as we now know).
McCain-Edwards. Ancient or young.
Romney-Edwards. Massachusetts or Southern.
That’s just the main points, not even going into Giuliani’s wardrobe and cronies, McCain’s attitude, Romney’s flips and fibs and lack of warmth.
But Fred would lick Edwards like a frog with a mayfly. He’s consistent, solid, amiable, Southern, and smart enough to expose a glib talker who’s lightweight and short on credentials.
Sure, it’ll be different if Clinton wins the nomination...but even the Democrats don’t really like her. She and Obama are driving them into the arms of John Edwards.
Hope I’m wrong.