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political satirist Barry Crimmins

The Granite Statement Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Granite Statement
I was preparing a rather unpleasant post about why I'm not part of Obamamania and then the New Hampshire results started coming in. Looks like my lack of enthusiasm has nothing to do with rugged individualism.

That said, I have no use for the Clintons or their politics. But you knew that. A few days when it seemed like there was little chance of another eight years of their score-settling and corporate ass-kissing were pleasant indeed. But even if Hillary Clinton doesn't win tonight, it looks like it's going to be close enough for her to leave New England with renewed momentum.

I'd have much preferred to see the kids have their day with their candidate. Had Barack Obama's expectations not shot through the roof, a close race in New Hampshire would have been a big plus for his campaign. But now that double-digit dreams have become percentage point prayers, the new kid is going to look like he got his block knocked off, no matter what. That said, the race is on, not over.

On the Republican side, I'm listening to John McCain give his victory speech. His crowd is yelling USA! USA! USA! like Homer Simpson. Woo Hoo! The good news is that the R's look like they'll continue playing musical chairs for several weeks to come. None of them does well with the scrutiny that comes with victory.

The other good news is that Mitt Romney (always sounds like an order in a German Restaurant to me. You want that Mitt Romney?) lost next door to his political home. (OK, one of them, anyway.) His national chairman, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, must be mighty proud of himself.

McCain is stammering badly, doing such a poor read of his remarks that they may be remembered as the first victory/farewell speech in political history.

Trail droppings...

Chris Matthews laughs like a goose getting goosed.

I'll be on WFNX radio 101.7 FM in Boston at 9 a.m. with old friend Henry Santoro tomorrow morning. We'll be discussing the campaign and whatever else Henry throws at me. You can listen online by clicking here and then clicking the 'Listen' link on the top right-hand corner of the page.

updated: 15 years ago