Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Until a week ago, Hillary Clinton was out in front of other Democrats. Then Barack Obama moved up ahead of her and won the Iowa caucuses. He seems poised to beat her again in the New Hampshire primary today. The strain of working so hard and still losing got to her yesterday when voter asked her how she keeps going at the pace she has been maintaining. “It’s not easy,” she said. “It’s not easy.” Then her voice caught as she went on, ‘‘I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities in this country. This is very personal for me. It’s not just political. It’s not just public.’’

Mitt Romney was the Republican front runner until Mike Huckabee beat him out in Iowa. John McCain seems about to trounce him in New Hampshire. Romney didn’t burst into tears. He reacted by stepping up the negative ads and by further contradicting himself.

Carl Perrin didn’t even show as a blip on the screen in Iowa. The national news has pretty much ignored him, but he was depending on his New Hampshire connections to make a big splash in the state’s primary election today. Then he was blindsided by a negative brochure that questioned his devotion to his signature campaign issue, cheap beer. We posted an article on that dirty political trick on yesterday’s blog. A grim-faced Perrin acknowledged that the negative brochure that came just one day before the primary election will hurt him at the polls.

Perrin managed a tight smile and said, “I’m not going to let this stop me. The people who know me know how much I love cheap beer.”

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