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Granite State Nail-Biter (Sununu rises from the grave)
washington post. ^ | August 24, 2008 | David Broder

Posted on 08/24/2008 5:42:54 PM PDT by bilhosty

When Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, lists the November races that will swell his party's majority, New Hampshire is one of the first he brags about. Here on the ground, it looks a lot less certain that Democrat Jeanne Shaheen will cut short the promising career of Sen. John Sununu, namesake son of a White House chief of staff under the first President Bush. Shaheen, a former governor who lost a close race to Sununu six years ago in an environment much more hospitable to Republicans, was a double-digit favorite early this year when she heeded supporters' pleas and left a Harvard administrative job to test Sununu again. But last weekend, as she and Sununu marched with their supporters in the Londonderry parade and then hobnobbed with voters at the Greekfest here, Shaheen acknowledged that things have changed. Reflecting on a University of New Hampshire poll released July 23 that gave her a 46 percent to 42 percent lead -- the tightest in any public poll in a year -- Shaheen said, "We always knew it would be close. It's always difficult to beat an incumbent."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: broder; electioncongress; electionussenate; newhampshire; senateraces; shaheen; sununu
I thought this Seat was gone. But, maybe not.
1 posted on 08/24/2008 5:42:55 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: bilhosty

NH is a state where McCain can help GOP candidates down ticket.


2 posted on 08/24/2008 5:46:00 PM PDT by mcjordansc
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To: bilhosty

Jean is an empty suit AND she is getting old and not aging gracefully. Look for the turnout to be rid of Shea/Porter to give Sununu a boost as well.


3 posted on 08/24/2008 5:47:14 PM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: bilhosty
Thanks to "refugees" from VT,ME and MA (also known as "Massholes") NH has gone blue and probably will never go back.Being surrounded by those filthy states the long time residents of NH *had* to know that it would happen eventually.

It's kinda like living with a TB patient.The longer you're with him the more likely you are to catching it yourself.

4 posted on 08/24/2008 5:47:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: bilhosty

Yeah, I’m just as worried about Gordon Smith’s seat in Oregon. It hasn’t appeared on RCP as a likely Dem take over, but if McCain doesn’t do well then it easily could flip. Smith has been a solid conservative his whole career, but has had to face political realities of the tarnished GOP image. That has caused many conservatives to turn against him. Oregon isn’t Alabama and I hope some of the 100%’ers back off the Gordon Smiths, John Sununu’s, and Norm Coleman’s we need so that the voices of Jim Demint et al can be heard.


5 posted on 08/24/2008 5:48:41 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: bilhosty

NH is a state where McCain can help GOP candidates down ticket.


6 posted on 08/24/2008 5:49:39 PM PDT by mcjordansc
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ProCivitas; ...

This is encouraging news.


7 posted on 08/24/2008 5:51:32 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: MovementConservative

“I hope some of the 100%’ers back off the Gordon Smiths, John Sununu’s, and Norm Coleman’s we need so that the voices of Jim Demint et al can be heard.”

Very good point.


8 posted on 08/24/2008 5:53:54 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: Gay State Conservative

“has gone blue and probably will never go back”

Not so sure about that. Not so pessimistic

Kerry won by 9000 votes, but no more straight ticket ballots now.
Dems in office are spending more than they’re taking in.
Repubs haven’t had a solid leader for guv for ten years.
McCain will do very well here.
SheaPorter is a joke even to Dems.
Sununu has twice as much money as Shaheen and is a very good campaigner.


9 posted on 08/24/2008 5:57:37 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: MovementConservative

>> so that the voices of Jim Demint et al can be heard.

Are you saying that (for example) Tom Coburn won’t be heard unless your pet RINOs get re-elected?

Explain, please.


10 posted on 08/24/2008 5:59:24 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Who was it won the New Hampshire Democratic primary.. Didn't the polls have Obama with a 4 or 5 point lead and certain of victory? Wasn't New Hampshire where Obama was to put the Hillary campaign away on his way to victory?

And didn't the media start out saying the initial exit polls said it was way to close to call. And when Hillary took the early lead, it was said that when the areas where there were lots of young people came in the race would be very close?

I seem to recall that Hillary won new Hampshire and didn't she win Massachusetts as well. They must just love Obama in new England.... don't they. If you don't believe me ask the media. They'll tell you. But please don't ask the voters, they always have their own ideas.

11 posted on 08/24/2008 6:00:05 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: mcjordansc

That is true. I am going to help young John as much as I can. Shaheen was a real dud as a governor. We don’t need her any more. She should go back to her native Missouri and give it another shot. She came from a Republican family but something obviously went terribly wrong. Maybe when she met Billy.


12 posted on 08/24/2008 6:00:10 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Common Tator

Those are good points, Tator. All Shaheen and the rest of the Democrats have going for them is their hatred of Bush and the voters are finally realizing that he ain’t on the ballot this year, much as the Democrats wish he was and are trying to make the election about Bush. With any luck at all we can also get rid of the two losers who took our congressional seats in ‘06. They are both embarrassments, especially that idiot Carol Che Porter.


13 posted on 08/24/2008 6:04:28 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Are you saying that (for example) Tom Coburn won’t be heard unless your pet RINOs get re-elected?

Yes, and I'll assume a baseline of intelligence on your part so no explaination necessary. If assumption incorrect, then an explaination would be an exercise in futility.

14 posted on 08/24/2008 6:05:02 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The problem in Northern NH is the “Massholes” live in a $1,000,000 ski chalet and the natives live in a doublewide down a dirt road


15 posted on 08/24/2008 6:13:08 PM PDT by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: bilhosty

THIS Sununu isn’t perfect ...
but not nearly as bad as his father,
who basically appointed Souter to the SC.

The comment about the need to ease up on the 100% standard
makes sense to me.


16 posted on 08/24/2008 6:14:50 PM PDT by Eleutherios
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To: MovementConservative

Thanks for no explanation. It’s not clear you could school me like you think you could anyway.

Obviously you’re talking about the Democrat wet dream of a filibuster-proof majority.

That’s ALL it is. A wet dream that the democrats (and apparently, you) share. Lots of folks — including dims with a clue — disagree. Google.

Now, even IN the very unlikely situation of a filibuster-proof majority, conservatives with balls (like Tom Coburn and John Cornyn and Jeff Sessions) WILL be heard (granted, to a lesser degree and he’ll have to work harder) and they WILL embarrass his Donkee colleagues. And, make no mistake, they WILL get press. If the Dims have the majority even the MSM will get on ‘em, otherwise they can’t justify their sorry existence.

On the other hand— we don’t need any more brainless “Gang of XX” stupid self-serving deals cut by your buddies.

And yet another way of looking at it: if we’re saddled with RINO monkeys who will vote with the Dems anyway, what’s the difference? Might as well let the Dimocraps screw up AND take the blame (instead of pinning it on willing play-nice RINOs like your heroes).


17 posted on 08/24/2008 6:14:56 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: Common Tator

Hillary won here in NH after her little crying moment.


18 posted on 08/25/2008 2:57:11 AM PDT by shekkian
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To: All

Does anyone have any information on the four Repulicans running to unseat Paul Hodes in the NH 2nd Congressional District?


19 posted on 08/25/2008 3:49:42 AM PDT by 41Thunder (The truth will set you free...just ask Bill Clinton)
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To: Nervous Tick

Here is the key to our conservatives “being heard.”

You can’t set the agenda in Congress unless you control the committee chairmanships. For that, in reality, you need the support of RINOs that will be elected from blue states.

Why is Nancy Pelosi speaker? Because of Barney Franks from Mass? NO. Because of people like HEATH SHULER from RED STATES. Throw out those “conservative” (Comparatively) and replace them with Republicans, or replace some of these close races where “moderate” Dems won in Red states like Indiana and Arizona, and you put the Boehner in the Speaker’s chair and cut the nuts off of the socialists like Conyers et al. and give power to Pence, Shadegg, etc.

THAT is why you need the RINOS...the power is in the CHAIRMANSHIPS. For that, the reality is, you need RINOS also.


20 posted on 08/25/2008 4:28:18 AM PDT by Keith (Barack Obama -- Not-ready-for-prime-time)
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To: Keith
You are absolutely right! how many people here secretly wish That Lincoln Chaffee was still on our team and a Senator? We would be holding all the chairmanships.
21 posted on 08/25/2008 5:32:23 AM PDT by bilhosty
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To: bilhosty

Overall if we had some real Republicans this could be a Republican year if we had some real Republicans.........


22 posted on 08/25/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: MSF BU
Don't forget that as governor, Shaheen vetoed a voter ID bill that would have required voters to present a valid, photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

Shaheen is a proponent of vote fraud!

23 posted on 08/25/2008 5:44:47 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: Redleg Duke

Speaking of vote fraud, there were reports of people voting in the NH primary using the addresses of vacation homes owned by out of state residents. Do you know if this was ever investigated?


24 posted on 08/25/2008 6:03:34 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Andy'smom

Not a word.


25 posted on 08/25/2008 6:38:32 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; JohnnyZ; Kuksool; Clemenza

Why do people keep suggesting pro-abortion runningmates for Senator McCain? A month ago it was Crist, two weeks ago it was Ridge, last week it was Giuliani, Lieberman and Romney, just this morning I heard Colin Powell, and now Kay Bailey Hutchison. Have people forgotten that John McCain needs to pick a VP to his right so as to energize the conservative base of the party and to ensure that socially conservative Democrats repulsed by Obama turn out to vote?


26 posted on 08/25/2008 7:31:37 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: MSF BU

Is Shea Porter going?


27 posted on 08/25/2008 8:20:35 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Yup, totally insane.


28 posted on 08/25/2008 10:50:15 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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