Thank you, New Hampshire, for making up your own minds rather than listening to political “analysis” and hype. You confounded the people who insisted on jabbering at us about “what Iowa meant” for the last few days, and you also showed up in record numbers and demonstrated that participatory democracy is not quite dead in this country.
The last thing we need this year is a runaway victory on either side. Hillary Clinton won, but it was close. John McCain won, but not by an overwhelming margin. After the combination of Iowa and New Hampshire, voters in the remaining primary states can take their own measure of the candidates, with no one yet in an overwhelming position of strength. America needs an election, not a coronation. Though I personally have a soft spot for Obama, I found the talk of party leaders “encouraging” Clinton to drop out after Iowa offensive. Might we voters be allowed to make up our own minds?
Thank you, New Hampshire, for not being stampeded, and for reminding us that nothing is certain until the votes are cast.