Fran Wendelboe

The Catch-Up Campaign
January 11, 2012

The man tasked with leading Rick Santorum’s stand against the Mitt Romney juggernaut fell into the job after happening across Santorum’s presidential aspirations in the newspaper. Mike Biundo, a 43-year-old New Hampshire political consultant, was looking for something to do after managing a successful congressional bid when he read about Santorum’s possible run in The Union Leader.

Granite-Faced Pragmatism -- And Concession
January 05, 2012

I'm soon headed to New Hampshire for the final days before the primary, but I figured I'd weigh in with a quick thought to add to Walter Shapiro's comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground there, and Noam's argument that Tuesday's election does matter after all. Here it is: I'm having a hard time seeing how Rick Santorum substantially closes the gap with Mitt Romney with so little time to spare.

The Dwindling Legitimacy of N.H. and Iowa
November 28, 2011

I'll leave it to others to prognosticate on what the Union Leader's endorsement of Newt Gingrich means for the New Hampshire primary. (Two words suffice as caution against putting undue weight on the Union Leader's prowess in picking winners: Pete Dupont.) But the endorsement offers more evidence for something I've been mulling for several weeks now: the declining legitimacy of the Iowa and New Hampshire contests. There was a time not so long ago when I happily defended the prerogative of Iowa and New Hampshire to claim a hugely outsized role in picking presidential nominees.

November 03, 2011

Alec MacGillis on how Romney wore down New Hampshire.

In Defense Of New Hampshire
October 24, 2011

Now that Nevada has backed down from its plan to hold its caucuses January 14, the path is clear for New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to set his state's primary for January 10 without violating the state's self-decreed law that there be no "similar contest" within a week of the primary. Once again, New Hampshire has triumphed in the game of chicken, after having once again gone so far as to threaten the nuclear option -- moving the primary forward before Christmas.