New Hampshire Democrats met in Manchester this weekend. Bernie got a lot of cheering, Mayor Pete had some enthusiastic support and the others, except John Delaney, had good receptions, but it was Elizabeth Warren who brought down the house. She couldn’t begin speaking for over five minutes as the delegates kept cheering…loudly. Talking with a guy selling political buttons, he said he had sold Warren buttons 10 to 1 over anyone else. She’s on a roll.
Bernie Sanders, as he did four years ago, stormed the Milford Labor Day parade with a huge throng of supporters. Bernie was the only Democratic candidate to march in the parade. Chasten Buttigieg marched representing this husband, Pete, and Vermine Supreme, the perennial candidate, was there in full force. Kamal Harris, Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke all had delegations of supporters marching. Bernie had key supporters Ben and Jerry there with their Bernie Cooper and to put on ice cream socials around the state this weekend.
Bernie and his son, Levi
Bernie and his son, Levi march together
The bright blue eyes of Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Boot Edge Edge) visited Hancock, NH on a seven stop tour of the state on Saturday.
A good size supportive crowd of people from as far away as Wenham, Massachusetts, two hours away, gathered under the morning sun at a Hancock home that made a classic setting for a campaign…Cape Cod style home with a big red barn and open fields. One supporter was heard yelling, “I touched him!” after she got her photo taken with him.
What makes Pete run?
A good portion of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates came to the Hillsborough County Democratic Annual Picnic on Sunday. While the candidates were, to various degrees, intriguing, the star was an 11 year old boy, Quinn Mitchell. Quinn is fascinated with politics and wants to be a political journalist when he grows up. So far he has met 20 of the candidates as his dad takes him to various events around the state. Amy Klobuchar talked about Quinn’s questioning skills in her remarks; a level skill that would put most political reporters to shame. Not shy, repeatedly Quinn could be seen engaging the candidates in intelligent discussions.
Aside from Amy Klobuchar, Secretary Julian Castro, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, businessman Andrew Yang, NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio, John Delaney, and Representative Seth Moulton had an opportunity to speak. There were also information tables for most of the candidates who weren’t there.
The candidates generally sparked good responses from the audience. However, it was Julian Castro who elicited the only standing ovation from the crowd. It’s interesting listening to the candidates try to make a case for themselves over their competitors. It’s tough to distinguish yourself from people you are friends with…unless you are John Delaney who says we shouldn’t do much of anything.
Andrew Yang is visiting New Hampshire to make people think about humanity and the future as he runs for president. A successful businessman, he understands that, as opposed to current administrative talk, jobs of “Americans” are not being taken by immigrants but rather technology. He talks about the 13,000,000 jobs that will disappear in the next several years, never to return. Yang is smart, articulate, engaging, loves math, and has ideas that the country can use to deal with the tidal wave of unemployment that is coming due to the wave of technology that is upon us. But he isn’t a one issue candidate; he has thought about every aspect of today’s world. Check out his website (www.yang2020.com), he has stands on over 100 different areas of American life. He is fascinating and intriguing and worth a look. Yang uses an acronym MATH which stands for Make America Think Hard. After listening to him you will probably come away thinking harder…I did.At the gathering of over 100 people in Milford, NH on Saturday, I was able to talk to Andrew and found that we have a mutual friend. During his talk he mentioned that he had gone to Philips Exeter Academy and didn’t like his two years there. That got me thinking about a young man I had known on Cape Cod in the late 1980s and who had gone to Exeter. Andrew is 44 and I got to putting my math skills to use and figured that my friend, who had been my boys’ baby sitter one summer, was probably the same age. So, I asked him…”did you know Linas Rastonis?” “Sure, I remember Linas, how do you know him?” came the reply. We laughed when we talked about Linas running away from Exeter because he hated it as well and when he returned sometime later after having headed across the country, he was welcomed back to Exeter by his peers as a conquering hero. Then Andrew headed off into the night for some sleep before Sunday’s events.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii visited with a supportive crowd of some 75 to 100 people as the Post and Beam Brewery Friday. Her signature position of ending regime change wars all over the world was enthusiastically received. In particular she speaks with some authority on this issue as a twice Major in the Hawaii National Guard and deployed veteran. A target of corporate media, Tulsi is outspoken about getting big money out of our elections. I liked her. http://www.tulsi2020.com
Washington, DC, Francestown isn’t. However, the men, women, and children (some with pink pussy hats) who showed up for the Women’s March on Saturday were no less passionate about how they felt about issues surrounding women’s health and the direction the new national administration appears to be heading. A small town whose main street is lined with 200 year old clapboard homes, Francestown is a quintessentially New England village with it’s white steepled churches and general store. The march drew about 135 people from a very rural area of New Hampshire. They listened to some guitar music, a talk and some poetry before heading up Main Street with their signs. Note that one sign talks about the “kakistocracy” that is before us. That was my word for the day. Look it up.
Senator Bernie Sander’s new book “Our Revolution” has hit the book stores. Reviewing his early years, his campaign for president and the future of the movement he started, the book should be a best seller. I am pleased to be a part of this book. My photo of Bernie’s son, Levi, introducing his dad at a rally in Claremont, NH is in the book!
October 24 in Manchester, NH began with an idyllic fall day of sun, crisp air and bountiful colors in the trees. Thousands converged on St Anselm College to hear Elizabeth Warren fire up the crowd in anticipation of Hillary Clinton’s talk to her supporters. Also in attendance where Colin Van Ostren, candidate for governor, Governor Maggie Hassan, candidate for US Senate, Annie Kuster and Carol Shea Porter, candidates for congress. Victory was in the air.
Paige Sutherland of New Hampshire Public Radio interviewed me for some incites on the campaign. Here is the link to her article and audio. Mike Munhall gives his opinion