Governor John Kasich of Ohio has been getting a lot attention recently from the newspapers of New Hampshire; six of the seven dailies in New Hampshire are endorsing the governor for the GOP nomination. The Boston Globe also has thrown its pages in Kasich’s direction and yesterday, The New York Times joined that band of supporters. Does it matter? Do papers carry the same sway they used to, if they ever did? One thing in the gov’s favor is that newspapers don’t have to respond instantly to every new utterance from a candidate to make a comment or an endorsement. Papers have the luxury of thinking about what they say before they say it. Editorial boards sit around and have discussions about the merits of the various candidates before announcing their support for a particular candidate. Kasich has had the good fortune of coming out on top of those discussions. The voters don’t get their news from the papers as they once did and TV and radio stations aren’t known for endorsing candidates in primaries, not that they don’t tilt the news in one direction or another. When voters actually take the time to do some reflective thinking like newspaper editors, will they bend toward Kasich? We will soon see.
The governor was in Peterborough last evening to address local citizens. A reflective thinker couldn’t come away from that meeting without considering John Kasich to be a very plausible candidate. Very much a Republican, he is also a problem solver. Contrasting him against the other GOP candidates he is the only one that I have heard discuss how everyone in DC will have to work together in order to solve some of the massive problems facing the nation. Kasich has a very successful record in Ohio…will the GOP primary voters listen? Do they want solutions? Do they care? I don’t think the Democratic National Committee wants to see a Kasich/Clinton or Kasich/Sanders campaign. If I were a Republican, I would vote Kasich next week.
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January 27th Merrimack wrestlers came to Peterborough to grapple with the Cougars.
Eric Wall (126 lbs), Dan Curran (170 lbs), Josh Curran (182 lbs), Ryan Murray (285 lbs) all won their matches.
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This morning I was listening to NPR’s Diane Rehm Show when they were discussing the difference between Hillary’s and Bernie’s events. “the feel in Hillary’s events is one of obligation whereas in Bernie’s events you get a sense of passion.” Bernie isn’t about fluff, he is about substance, ideas, the future, helping middle America and people who go to his events are there because they too see many things in the country that need changing and are looking to this new face to lead those chose changes. These photos were taken in Peterborough, New Hampshire yesterday.
Today I received an email from the Hillary campaign which to me demonstrates the passion with which Bernie supporters see him.
There’s something that’s been keeping me up at night lately: Every national poll of this election shows that we have significantly more supporters than Bernie Sanders does, but way more of his supporters are stepping up and donating to his campaign.
That may have been OK in the run-up to voting, but we’re down to the wire here, and it’s time for everyone to step up.
If you’re with Hillary, can you chip in $1 to show it today? With the polls this close, there’s never been a more important time:”
Bernie’s supporters are WAY MORE stepping up and donating…putting their money where there heart is.
Last week I was having dinner with my son and his boyfriend, Craig when, amazingly, our discussion turned to politics. Craig, an avid Hillary supporter and knowing my heart belongs to Bernie, began making light of and belittling Bernie’s campaign and particularly attacking his hand gestures. Naturally, I took umbrage. Yesterday, my friend Joe and I went to see Bernie in Peterborough, NH, just ten miles down the road. Sitting in the front row we had a clear view of the man and his gestures. Successful politicians often have unique and identifiable gestures: Bill Clinton always laid his thumb in his index finger to make a point, JFK often stuck his hand in his suit coat pocket with the thumb sticking out. Some of these gestures look like they came from campaign consultants rather than a natural inclination of the candidate. Bernie often talks with his hands. While at first one might find his hand motions an interesting trait, one soon realizes that this is Bernie. His hands punctuate his passion about his ideas. No one can question Bernie’s passion about his ideas: income inequality, equal pay for equal work, campaign finance reform, free tuition at public colleges, living wages, addressing climate destruction, medicare for all, healthcare reform, reforming Wall Street…
Craig’s comments about Bernie and his gestures reminded me of what candidates often do when they feel threatened; instead of arguing the issues, they make personal attacks on their opponent. In latest New Hampshire poll, Bernie is ahead of Hillary by 21% points. Hillary and her supporters are panicking and they too are beginning to not ignore Bernie any longer but attacking him, often personally…sorry Craig but you might want to try feeling the Bern.
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