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The First-in-the-Nation primary in New Hampshire kicked off to light snowfall this morning. I spent an hour in Wolfeboro holding a Trump sign and lost count of the number of thumbs up I got after about 30 seconds. The only other sign holders there were for Buttigieg, the picture of me below was taken by one of them in a quid pro quo arrangement (I took a picture of them in exchange).

I then headed to neighboring Alton where I met representatives Mark Meadows and Mike Johnson. Here I am with Mark:

And here’s Mike speaking with my state representative, Glenn Cordelli:

Turnout in both locations seemed pretty steady. We’ll see later tonight how many Republican ballots were cast, but anecdotally it seems like Trump voters are turning out to show their support even though there’s no serious competition (as is ordinary for an incumbent president).

In Wolfeboro, I did have one older woman, with purple streaks in her hair, ask me why I was supporting Trump (with a sense of incredulity). So I told her that my most important issues are national security, taxes, and abortion, and that from my perspective he had delivered on those issues. She didn’t agree, and cited her 90-year-old mother, a lifelong Republican, saying in 2016 that Trump would be awful.

I said that was a perfectly fine opinion to have but I disagreed. She seemed a bit flabbergasted when she asked me if I was proud of Trump and I said yes. “Would you say that to a visitor from another country?” She asked. I said, “Yes. But first of all, I don’t care what people in other countries think.” She finally got tired of me not admitting that Trump was awful and she was right and said she didn’t have time to stand around talking and she had to go home. Then she spent 15 minutes talking to the Buttigieg supporters. 🤣

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  1. Annefy Member

    Thanks for the update Max. Terrific pictures.

    See you in the live chat! Here’s to a great day.

    • #1
    • February 11, 2020, at 11:39 AM PST
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  2. Arahant Member

    Max Ledoux: she didn’t have time to stand around talking and she had to go home. Then she spent 15 minutes talking to the Buttigieg supporters.

    I’ve met plenty of people like that.

    • #2
    • February 11, 2020, at 11:39 AM PST
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  3. Seawriter Contributor

    Max Ledoux: The only other sign holders there were for Buttigieg, the picture of me below was taken by one of them in a quid pro quo arrangement (I took a picture of them in exchange)

    See, despite political differences Americans can find common ground on some things.

    • #3
    • February 11, 2020, at 11:43 AM PST
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  4. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    Just got back from voting.

    That’s 17 options! 🤣

    Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name. Except for that last guy. Not sure what’s up with that. 

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    • February 11, 2020, at 12:37 PM PST
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  5. Western Chauvinist Member
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    We all quid pro quo now. 🤪

    • #5
    • February 11, 2020, at 12:52 PM PST
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  6. namlliT noD Member
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    What? No Vermin Supreme?

    • #6
    • February 11, 2020, at 1:00 PM PST
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  7. namlliT noD Member
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    That’s an awful lot of Republican candidates. Who the hell are these folks?

    That said, it’s dwarfed by the number of Democrat candidates.

     

    • #7
    • February 11, 2020, at 1:15 PM PST
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  8. namlliT noD Member
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    Time Magazine: In New Hampshire, Democratic Voters Are Paralyzed by Fear of Making the Wrong Choice:

    This is the room that scares the crap out of the Democratic establishment: a college gymnasium in Keene, N.H., packed to the rafters with nearly 2,000 Bernie Sanders fans joyfully noodle-dancing to a Vermont-based jam band playing a raucous cover of the Talking Heads song “Burning Down the House.”

    A little while later, Sanders takes the stage, accompanied by his wife, three children and two grandchildren. “Thank you, Twiddle!” he says.

    • #8
    • February 11, 2020, at 1:20 PM PST
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  9. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Max Ledoux: she asked me if I was proud of Trump

    I have never considered this pride in a president thing. If a plumber came to my house and fixed my toilet, I would be thankful and maybe recommend him to a neighbor, but I would not be “proud” of him. Why would it matter? I just want effective. Romney was handsome and gentle and smart and polite, but ineffective and unprincipled. 

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    • February 11, 2020, at 1:33 PM PST
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  10. Manny Member

    Pretty cool Max. Here’s a thumbs up from me. 👍

    • #10
    • February 11, 2020, at 1:43 PM PST
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  11. Manny Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux: she asked me if I was proud of Trump

    I have never considered this pride in a president thing. If a plumber came to my house and fixed my toilet, I would be thankful and maybe recommend him to a neighbor, but I would not be “proud” of him. Why would it matter? I just want effective. Romney was handsome and gentle and smart and polite, but ineffective and unprincipled.

    I would tell her I would be less proud if my vote/actions led to Hillary being elected. 

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    • February 11, 2020, at 1:45 PM PST
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  12. Doug Kimball Thatcher

    Did you have a hahd time findin’ a pahkin’ spot? My sistah, up in Laconia, a Democrat, said it was cleeah sailin’ up theyah; no lines a-tall. That says somethin’, don’t it?

    • #12
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:08 PM PST
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  13. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Thank you Max for standing out there in the cold with your sign. Ricochet is proud of you!

    • #13
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:12 PM PST
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  14. drlorentz Member
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    Max Ledoux: the picture of me below was taken by one of them in a quid pro quo arrangement

    Expect a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee.

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    • February 11, 2020, at 2:15 PM PST
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  15. Kozak Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    That’s an awful lot of Republican candidates. Who the hell are these folks?

    That said, it’s dwarfed by the number of Democrat candidates.

    I’m in for Zoltan!

    • #15
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:18 PM PST
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  16. cdor Member
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    So who is President R. Boddie? Is it a he or a she? Was the given name, President?

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    • February 11, 2020, at 2:28 PM PST
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  17. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Doug Kimball (View Comment):

    Did you have a hahd time findin’ a pahkin’ spot? My sistah, up in Laconia, a Democrat, said it was cleeah sailin’ up theyah; no lines a-tall. That says somethin’, don’t it?

    My understanding is that Laconia, like all “cities” (technically Laconia is a city) is a Democrat stronghold. So the low turn out sounds like a good thing to me!

    No, I parked across the street from the Wolfeboro town hall, where the voting takes place. No trouble a’tall!

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    • February 11, 2020, at 2:30 PM PST
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  18. Max Ledoux Admin
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    That’s an awful lot of Republican candidates. Who the hell are these folks?

    That said, it’s dwarfed by the number of Democrat candidates.

     

    Hm. Maybe the names are printed in random order in each municipality? I did get a kick out of Mr. Boddie’s first name, and laughed out loud in the voting booth.

    • #18
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:31 PM PST
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  19. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What? No Vermin Supreme?

    Vermin’s running as a Libertarian this year (he runs in a different party’s primary each cycle). And he’s got competition in the hat department.

    Dan Behrman, Libertarian candidate for president.
    • #19
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:36 PM PST
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  20. namlliT noD Member
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    What a crowd!

    • #20
    • February 11, 2020, at 2:44 PM PST
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  21. Western Chauvinist Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What a crowd!

    They’re around the corner!!

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    • February 11, 2020, at 3:03 PM PST
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  22. Rob Long Founder

    Would it have killed you to wear a Ricochet hat? Even for a few minutes?

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    • February 11, 2020, at 3:06 PM PST
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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What a crowd!

    I’ve seen longer lines in front of an Olive Garden.

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    • February 11, 2020, at 3:09 PM PST
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  24. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    That’s an awful lot of Republican candidates. Who the hell are these folks?

    That said, it’s dwarfed by the number of Democrat candidates.

     

    Saratoga and Troy NY both have presidential candidates on the Democrat side? Wha-huh?

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    • February 11, 2020, at 3:23 PM PST
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  25. Jim McConnell Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What a crowd!

    I guess there’s no need to call out the National Guard for crowd control. 

    Is Jennifer a Warren supporter now? I used to read her column when she was a conservative.

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    • February 11, 2020, at 4:06 PM PST
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  26. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Rob Long (View Comment):

    Would it have killed you to wear a Ricochet hat? Even for a few minutes?

    🤣

    … I don’t have a Ricochet hat. 

     

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    • February 11, 2020, at 4:42 PM PST
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  27. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What a crowd!

    I guess there’s no need to call out the National Guard for crowd control.

    Is Jennifer a Warren supporter now? I used to read her column when she was a conservative.

    When was that?

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    • February 11, 2020, at 4:43 PM PST
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  28. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    @ejhill I need a Ricochet hat. 

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    • February 11, 2020, at 4:44 PM PST
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  29. kedavis Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    That’s an awful lot of Republican candidates. Who the hell are these folks?

    That said, it’s dwarfed by the number of Democrat candidates.

    I’m in for Zoltan!

    What about General Zod? Was he not on the ballot? Wow, he’s gonna be mad!

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    • February 11, 2020, at 6:37 PM PST
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  30. namlliT noD Member
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    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    What a crowd!

    I guess there’s no need to call out the National Guard for crowd control.

    Is Jennifer a Warren supporter now? I used to read her column when she was a conservative.

    When was that?

    2013. She was a guest on Ricochet Podcast #170 The Flat Heads.

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    • February 11, 2020, at 6:52 PM PST
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