November 15, 2004


Be thankful for those Mass. immigrants (BERNADETTE MALONE, 11/14/04, Manchester Union Leader)

according to exit polls, the New Hampshire voters who supported Bush were overwhelmingly suburban. They were from the southern part of the state. And, you know what's coming next: they had moved here from Massachusetts. It�s the New Hampshire natives and folks living in the state�s small towns and rural areas who voted for John Kerry. Get a load of these numbers:

Thirty-four percent of Granite Staters who voted in this election were born in-state, and they voted for Kerry, 50-49, which is the same percentage by which he won New Hampshire. But the 29 percent of New Hampshire voters who had moved in from Massachusetts voted for Bush, 52-48. Could it be that these migrants moved to New Hampshire to escape the liberal tyranny of Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry? And that they were attracted to the conservative values New Hampshire alone represents in New England?

Compare these wise Bay Staters to those who moved to New Hampshire from other states, and who made up 38 percent of the electorate. They voted for Kerry 53-47. Wow! Maybe New Hampshire should ban migration from every state except Massachusetts, giving Bay Staters a special entry deal like the Cubans get from the federal government -- if you can make it across the border, we won't send you back to that Communist hellhole.

The wailing about the southern part of the state becoming more like Massachusetts needs to be reconsidered in light of this figure: Voters from Southern New Hampshire supported Bush 54-45 percent, more strongly than the North Country, which went for Bush 52-48 percent. Concord and the Central Valley preferred Kerry, 57-41, and industrial areas voted for Kerry 52-47.

And yes, living in those much-maligned suburbs, with all their strip-malls and sprawl, are the best friends the Bush campaign had in the state.

No one climbed over the Wall because they supported Erich Honecker.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2004 7:59 PM

Is it really significant that Mass. immigrants supported GWB 3 per cent more than did Natives? Heck, one might expect that folks fleeing Mass. for NH would prefer GWB by a greater margin. Looks like Bernadette was fresh out of ideas today.

Posted by: curt at November 15, 2004 8:26 PM

Bernadette writing about NH issues from Virginia? Hmmm. Perhaps a NHite is needed.

Just watch the "massholes": How they drive and what they drive.

Conservatives they ain't. In fact, they're so un-aethestic, I think Nock and Burke would be mightily unimpressed.

The big story for us is how close Kerry was with Bush in Buchanan country--Manchester. Also, our Catholic bishop wrote a muddled, liberal letter to Catholic voters the weekend before the election, which didn't do nearly enough to sway pro-lifers attending mass to vote Republican at the national ticket.

Bishop McCormick is so liberal he probably voted for Kerry, for pete's sack. St. Peter's not happy.

Posted by: Brent Anderson at November 16, 2004 2:59 AM

NH has been Mass-North for decades, just
as VT has been NY-North.

Posted by: J.H. at November 16, 2004 8:58 AM

...New Hampshire voters who supported Bush were overwhelmingly suburban. They were from the southern part of the state. And, you know what's coming next: they had moved here from Massachusetts.

Refugees from the Glorious People's Democratic Republic and Dear Leader Chapaquiddick?

Posted by: Ken at November 16, 2004 12:43 PM

People flee California to New Mexico and Arizona then vote for the issues that made CA intolerable for them in the first place. Go figure.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 16, 2004 1:19 PM

That's called "Californication".

Posted by: Ken at November 16, 2004 2:31 PM

The areas that swung left in this election tended to be near Canada. Maybe Canadian immigrants are a greater danger to the GOP than Mexican immigrants.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at November 16, 2004 2:33 PM