Tag: New Hampshire

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. H-2016 Unit Experiences Empathy Chip Malfunction

 

HillaryTerminatorEvery fortnight, some functionary from Team Hillary promises their candidate will express more spontaneity, good humor, and other emotions associated with the earth species known as homo sapiens.

Then after two weeks of robotic speeches, unsettling laughter, and exoskeleton malfunctions, Clintonites insist they will again actuate the reset button hidden behind her ear to bring out that signature Hillary warmth, which somehow has remained hidden for her 35 years of public life.

The Boston Globe shared a nugget from a late September town hall that I had somehow missed when it happened:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Maggie Hassan and the Center for Medical Progress

 

I’ve been trying to find out if New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan has seen undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.

carolyn westhoff planned parenthoodToday, CMP released the tenth video in its Human Capital Project. In this one, Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical adviser to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, boasts about tissue procurement: “Everything we provide is fresh.”

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Walker’s ‘I Am Paying for this Microphone’ Moment?

 

Every candidate looks for an iconic soundbite; a brief video clip that sells voters on his or her appeal. A flash of emotion, a glimpse of character, or a demonstration of sound leadership can define a politician in a way no policy paper does. Being terribly cautious creatures, modern politicians and their layers of handlers avoid spontaneity whenever possible, preferring to manufacture every appearance. However, the excellent candidate capitalizes on the unexpected.

Governor Scott Walker was speaking at the Iowa State Fair Monday when a union activist held up a sign and began to attack his record. I’m confident this wasn’t Walker’s first experience with a labor-backed heckler, but the governor seized the moment.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Scott Walker, Rick Santorum in Manchester, N.H.

 

Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and others were in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday to campaign in advance of a candidate forum hosted by the Union-Leader. I went to the Walker and Santorum events.

Scott Walker Theo's Pizzeria ManchesterWalker met voters at Theo’s Pizzeria. I was seated at a booth with two brothers, Alex and Mike, who had driven to New Hampshire from New York. Alex is a college student and seems slightly more engaged politically than Mike, but both are enthusiastic and eager to meet Walker. Alex wonders how these candidate events work, and — as an old hat by this time — I obligingly explain how I’ve previously met Perry, Fiorina, Carson, and Kasich, though I do have to admit that I moved to New Hampshire from New York City only last year. (I grew up in Maine!) We’re joined by Ricochet’s own James of England before Walker arrives, and we quickly fall into a discussion about the Supreme Court. Alex voices his concern that conservative causes will suffer if the next Supreme Court justices are appointed by a Democrat in the White House.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Attending John Kasich’s New Hampshire Town Hall

 
John Kasich speaks in a town hall meeting in Wolfeboro, NH
John Kasich speaks in a town hall meeting in Wolfeboro, NH

John Kasich is in Wolfeboro, N.H., for a town hall meeting at the Brewster Academy boat house overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. “Isn’t this beautiful?” He asks. “We love you,” says an older woman sitting in the front row. “Thank you,” says Kasich. “It’s always good to have your aunt in the crowd,” he jokes.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ben Carson Is Not Interested in Politics

 

Ben CarsonBen Carson is not interested in politics. “People ask me,” he says to the assembled crowd at a town hall meeting in Barrington, New Hampshire, “what made you interested in politics after such a wonderful career in medicine?” He pauses slightly. “I’m not interested in politics; I’m interested in saving this country.”

His career in medicine has shown him that health is the most valuable thing we have. If you give someone the choice, “you can have a hundred million dollars, but be a quadriplegic, or you can have perfect health and no money, I think the choice is pretty obvious.” That’s why Carson speaks out against Obamacare. America is an incredible nation, founded by incredible people, to be of the people, for the people, by the people. Government is intended only to facilitate our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Carson says. Obamacare reverses that by making government the giver of things. If we accept the government’s ruling the most important thing we have — health — then we’ll accept anything.

There’s hope, though, he says. He has a soft voice and his eyes are half-closed as he stands calmly in front of us. One senses that his would be the temperament you want in a surgeon. “Thomas Jefferson predicted this,” he says quietly. “He was a great man. He said eventually the people would become less vigilant and the government would expand to control everything we did. But just before that, people would wake up and take back control. I hope that this is that time. If this is not that, then it’s over.”

Member Post

 

I saw Dr. Benjamin Carson at a rare lunchtime occurrence of the Politics And Eggs series. (Usually they are breakfasts.) This time it was at the Bedford Village Inn. He gave a somewhat rambling but otherwise engaging talk. He began by discussing some of his surgical experiences, trying to relate them to problems our country is facing. […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Carly Fiorina in New Hampshire

 

Carly FiorinaCarly Fiorina has faith in people. Everyone has God-given gifts, she tells those of us gathered at Turbocam’s manufacturing plant in Barrington, New Hampshire. That means everyone in the world has potential. “So why is our nation better?” Here you have a right to fulfill your potential. That right comes from God. She notes that she started her career as a secretary, answering the phones and typing memos. Only in this nation, she says, could she go from being a secretary to the CEO of a major corporation.

She thanks Turbocam for hosting us and for giving her a tour of their facility. Before Fiorina spoke, a representative of the company addressed the crowd briefly (they are a “a global turbomachinery development and manufacturing company that specializes in 5-axis machining of flowpath components”). Turbocam is proud to help the community. “Say we have a product that costs 90 cents to build, and we sell it for $1,” he says. “We’ll give 1 or 2 cents to charity, say to build a new park. But that’s not the only way we improve the community. Of the 90 cents it cost to build that product, 50 cents went to salary. And our employers then spend that in the community.” Their website also highlights the efforts of the company’s founder and CEO, Marian Noronha, to end slavery in Nepal.

Fiorina notes that Turbocam, like HP, started out as a small business. “We’re at a point where the things in this country that give us the opportunity to fulfill our potential are being crushed by government,” she says. “We are destroying more business than we are creating.” And it’s not big businesses that are being destroyed, she says. Big businesses can afford to do business with big government. “That’s called crony capitalism.” There are more than 70,000 pages in the tax code, she says. Small business owners tell her they’re filing their taxes late because they can’t understand the rules, and sometimes their accountants can’t understand the rules. At the same time, the IRS has announced they won’t be answering everyone’s questions because they “don’t have enough money.” Have you ever noticed, she says, that government always needs more money? Why is that? The TSA has a 95 percent failure rate. They want more money. The VA is unable to serve all our veterans. They want more money.

Member Post

 

I will be attending the townhall meeting with Carly Fiorina in Barrington, NH, on Monday, July 6th, at 5PM. Then on Tuesday, July 7th, I’ll also be going to a townhall in the same location with Ben Carson. Does anyone else want to come too? I’ll wear my Ricochet hat so you can recognize me. […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

While I’m aware that many on Ricochet believe this is true: http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/53713/chris-christie-officially-becomes-a-democrat/, Christie did in fact make a pro-economic growth speech in New Hampshire in which he offered a three-tier taxation rate, tax cuts (including a 25% corporate rate), and slammed the Democrats’ policies as far left and anti-growth. Preview Open

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. In Which This Dartmouth Man’s Heartbeat Quickens

 

27C4C69E00000578-3046586-image-a-2_1429513676931From the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. The reporter may overstate the political influence of these undergrads — goodness knows nobody ever accused us of affecting presidential politics when I attended the place 35 years go, although, come to think of it, I did have chats with Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager — but of course that’s not the point. The point is that Dartmouth students have Hillary’s number.

(Would students at Yale display the same healthy and called-for dubiety? I think not, but I leave the question to Rob.)

If Dartmouth College students have the same inflated influence on presidential politics that they’ve traditionally enjoyed, Hillary Clinton has some long days ahead in New Hampshire.

Member Post

 

The Republican wave did not crash on the Granite State. Scott Brown failed to unseat Jeanne Shaheen. Had the IRS scandals’ ties to her come out sooner it would probably have made the difference, but it didn’t and now Shaheen has another six years. Marlinda tried mightily to unseat Kuster, but could not overcome the dark […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

With still another week remaining of vacation we received the news that ended the trip. Very early in the morning my wife’s phone rang. Over a very bad connection we heard: her uncle died the night before in a plane wreck in Florida. We took that day anyway to see Boston, but we drove all […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.