JANUARY 8, 2008
Democracy in Action [John DiStaso, Manchester Union-Leader]: "When thousands of media
representatives and out-of-state volunteers clear out tomorrow, when
the political ads and the political phone calls abruptly stop, New
Hampshire citizens can quietly reflect on the fact that they have
played a major role in determining the nation's path not just for the
next four years, but perhaps for a generation."
You Can't Drown Mitt! [Lauren Dorgan, Concord Monitor]: "On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney played down
expectations and ramped up his biggest-in-the-Republican-field campaign
machine, while rival John McCain told rally crowds across the state
that he'll win today - even as the second bus in his fleet broke down. ... "There's an old family saying that if a
Romney drowns in a river, look upstream for the body," Romney said. "So
regardless of how things are we're going to keep battling and fighting,
and so regardless of how things are, you can expect us in the fight
every day, every night."
Temper, Temper [Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics]: "When it comes to personal temperament, Governor Romney would rate
the highest for his even keel, regardless of what events are swirling
around him, with Rudolph Giuliani a close second. Temperament is far more important for a President than for a
candidate. A President has to be on an even keel 24/7, for four long
years, despite crises that can break out anywhere in the world at any
time. John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his
volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record
in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that
have been the party's biggest failing over the years and its Achilles
Truly Pro-Choice [Michael Barone, US News and World Report]: "Today's young women voters are different. They were not raised by
mothers who told them they had a duty to stay home with their children.
They were raised by mothers who told them they had all sorts of choices
they could choose. And mothers who, in some cases, made their own
choices which the girls resented—divorce, spending lots of time at the
office. These young women don't react defensively to antichoice
politicians and don't feel a need to be liberated from restraints that
were never urged on them."
Can You Hear Me Now? [Maria La Ganga, Los Angeles Times]: " 'Do not take this race for granted,' [Barack Obama] rasped in Claremont, looking
tired and a little gaunt. 'It is important for us all to be clear that
we have not won anything
yet . . . in New Hampshire,' Obama said. 'It is important for everybody
to turn out.' The night before, in a Keene motel room, the campaign had
doctor to see if anything could be done about Obama's voice, which has
shown signs of strain since victory night in Iowa.