Tuesday, January 8, 2008

First among firsts

If you have not noticed, the Presidential Primary Season has actually begun. Sort of. And time is running out for some of the hopefuls.

Late last night, while the rest of the nation and New Jersey slept, the teeny tiny teeny tiny New Hampshire towns of Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location voted first. First among firsts.

The tiny towns with two names.

The next leader of the free world will be chosen in the next month or two. Up until now, it has been like Spring Training. And, continuing, the baseball analogy, it’s as if when a few teams lost a few spring training games, they decided to drop out of the regular season. Maybe the Mets should have done that last season. But who knew?

Out on the Repub side: Sam Brownback, Tommy Tancredo.
Out on the Democratic side: Joe Biden, Chris Dodd.

More than a hundred years of experience in government ----whoosh, out the door just because of the polls and the folks in Iowa. More will probably drop out after New Hampshire.

I guess Darwin was right: Natural selection works, even in politics. Too bad the Republicans don’t believe in evolution.

According to the New York Times, Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, New Hampshire vote first in the first primary in the nation. In Hart's Location, Obama received 9 votes, Hillary Rodham Clinton 3 and John Edwards 1. On the Republican side, McCain received 6 votes, Mike Huckabee 5, Ron Paul 4 and Mitt Romney 1.

In Dixville Notch, Obama got 7 votes, Edwards 2 and Bill Richardson 1. Among Republicans, McCain got 4 votes, Romney 2 and Rudy Giuliani 1.

That’s right. Hillary Clinton got zero votes. No one in Dixville Notch voted for Hillary.


And right now, a new Marist survey has Obama leading Clinton by eight points in New Hampshire, 36%-28% -- followed by Edwards at 22%.

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