October 31, 2014

THE SPIRIT OF ST. JEANNE:

Scott Brown's U-Turn : The carpetbagger candidate was supposed to be a long shot. So why is he so close to winning? (JAMES PINDELL, October 30, 2014, Politico)

Shaheen is the only woman in the nation's history to serve both as a governor and senator. During 40 years as a campaign operative and a candidate and aided by demographic shifts and national political realignment, Shaheen essentially built New Hampshire's Democratic Party and in so doing, made New Hampshire a swing state.

Heading into Thursday's final debate and just days away from the election, she remains popular with voters, with her approval ratings well over 50 percent. But that likeability hasn't completely translated into the most recent polls, which show Shaheen up a point or two, well within the margin of error. This is explained, in part, because she is seen by many here as too close to Obama, whose 40 percent approval rating locally is dragging Shaheen and other Democrats down.

The bigger problem is Scott Brown. Out in the diners and country stores that serve as informal salons in this most retail of states few ever want to talk about Shaheen. This is what makes her supporters nervous. Her latest ad declares that "Scott Brown is NOT for New Hampshire. Never has been. Never will be." But many of the good people of the Granite State, it seems, are intrigued. They want to know if you've met Scott Brown, they want to know what he's like in person, they want to talk about his positions on national security and the economy and Obamacare and guns and abortion. And, oh yeah: What about that truck?

The best part of her campaign is all the signs that read "New Hampshire First"

Posted by at October 31, 2014 6:54 PM
  

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