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    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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New Hampshire Primary 2012: Post-Mortem

Posted by Dale Kuehne on January 11, 2012

The day after the New Hampshire Primary I feel like akin to a prostitute. For months everyone was wanted me, and told me how important and special I am. And today, the studio is empty, it will shortly be torn down, and the campaigns and media are romancing my counterparts in South Carolina.

Still, being able to have a “front row seat on America’s most riveting political theater” (Washington Post) is always a thrill and an unforgettable experience.

While yesterday the campaigns paid more attention to polls and pundits than voters (See my Pre-Mortem), the voters of New Hampshire came out in record numbers. Yesterday was the largest turnout for a Republican primary in New Hampshire history.

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the stories. Romney is the first Republican ever to win both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. Meanwhile Ron Paul made his second consecutive strong showing.

My expectation is that Romney will easily win the Republican nomination. Not because voters of other states will rubber stamp what we have done, but now the process becomes grounded in money. Gingrich has enough money to try to bring Romney down, but no one besides Romney has the money to finance campaigns in the states to come and there is scarcely time for the others to raise money. The process is too compressed.

Romney won NH fair and square. This is the first time in my 17 years that a candidate with the most money won the Republican primary, but he did not win because of his money. He never stopped running after his loss four years ago. He worked hard and earned his victory.

However, Ron Paul is the story moving forward. He is attracting voters from both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement. He is attracting the majority of young voters and those who earn less that $70,000 a year. He is the only authentic anti-war, anti-Wall Street candidate from either party.

He won’t win the Republican nomination, but his voters hold the key to victory in November. Were he to become a third party candidate, I think he has a shot of besting Ross Perot (1992, 1996) and becoming a real force in the 2012 general election. Unlike Perot, he has enough appeal to the Occupy movement that it is possible he will draw support away from Obama and not just Romney.

If he doesn’t run, will his voters stay away in November or vote, and if they vote, for whom? That is my question.

And that is the drama of democracy. No matter how much money Obama, Romney, or others have have there are things they cannot control.

I hope it stays that way.


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