Mitt Romney threw a great political bash yesterday, in Stratham, New Hampshire, to "officially" launch his 2012 Presidential campaign. He and his team do this stuff right. They held it on a lovely farm owned by Republican donors, located conveniently for both local and DC media to get to, got two or three hundred people to show, served chili, and put Romney up in ready-for-video staging with a speech loaded with bite-sized remarks.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have articles about Mitt Romney's path to the nomination, and the operatives who will be running the various New Hampshire campaigns. Plus, on the blog, my new rankings of candidates' chances!
I pegged these articles for this issue a few weeks ago, as signs suggested that Romney would be announcing sometime in mid-April, and I got lucky with his announcement (of a Presidential Exploratory Committee) earlier this week.
I did not go up to Manchester to see Rudy Giuliani speak last night because, unlike Michele Bachmann who was in the Granite State last weekend, Giuliani is not a serious political entity.
That's the kind of mockery that should greet Rudy in New Hampshire. So I am really disappointed in my brethren who are reporting on the visit straight.
I briefly interrupt Ask Me Anything Day to point you to a nice feature about the new "Gen-X" Republicans in Congress, written by Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, which quotes New Hampshire freshman Frank Guinta claiming "I was an Alex P. Keaton when I was a kid."
Hah! Four months ago I wrote a nice feature about the new "Gen-X" Republicans heading to Congress, in which I called Guinta an "Alex P.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I use our "year ahead" issue to look at the very new Republican landscape in New Hampshire, awaiting the 2012 Presidential candidates.
Those candidates will be spending 2011 sucking up to influential Republicans in the Granite State, naturally.
As you probably are aware, you can freely drive all around New England without fear of wandering into a Republican congressman's district. As you probably also know, something ranging from a Republican ripple to a tsunami is coming November 2.
Both of Maine's congressional seats appear to be staying safely blue, according to recent polls.
Way, way, back last November, I blogged that...
is a realistic, if slim, possibility that Democrats could hold all six New
England governorships come January 2011. According to my extensive research --
OK, scrolling through Wikipedia, mostly -- I believe this would be the first
time that has happened ever, in the 200+ years of the party (including
when it was called the Democratic-Republican Party).