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After Carol Shea-Porter's stellar performance on Wednesday night, the Conway Daily Sun had seen and heard enough to endorse her for a seat in Congress.  While portions of the southern part of the state are reputed to be influenced towards the color blue by recent in-migrants from Massachusetts, there's no question that Conway, in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley is conservative.  But that may well be why a fiscally conservative Democrat is appealing.  As the editorial states, the Republicans have let them down.

The whole editorial can be read here on the Sun's blog, but this is the gist:

Shea-Porter for Congress

The Republicans have abandoned us, and we will not help send one to Washington until they regain their senses and return to their historical role as advocates for limited government, protectors of personal freedom and expression, and responsible stewards of a tough but smart foreign policy.

And it is because we believe the Republicans have failed miserably and totally in handling the war in Iraq--the critical issue of our time--that we endorse Democrat Carol Shea-Porter for New Hampshire's First Congressional District seat.

It's absurd that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have a coherent strategy to either win the war or get out of it. President Bush has backed away from his catchy slogan, "stay the course," but his prosecution of the war has not fundamentally changed, even as Iraq slides into civil war.

The Democrats, including Shea-Porter, throw out alternatives, although we don't believe for a second they know more of what to do than the Republicans.

The difference? Democrats recognize that Iraq isn't working and pledge to fix it, while Republicans won't or can't. Shea-Porter's plan may never see the light of day, but we're sure, given the opportunity, she'll get behind one that will.

I don't know how to do a live link to youtube, but if you want to view excerpts of the Wednesday night debate with Jeb Bradley, there are three snippets worth watching.

There's a fourth listed on her web site:

in which she suggests Donald Rumsfeld should have been fired a long time ago.  But a major portion of that clip is consumed by a reporter asking a question rather tediously about global warming.

There's a rumor that the New York Times has decided this is one of ten races to watch.  Up until now it's been fun flying under the radar.

Originally posted to hannah on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 02:11 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Oh, and don't forget the guys on the radio. (2+ / 0-)
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    shermanesq, Elwood Dowd

    by hannah on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 02:14:38 PM PST

  •  Go Carol, you are great...Hi, Monica! Recommend. (0+ / 0-)
  •  We should all be allowed to vote for Carol (0+ / 0-)

    First, she is a person from, of, and by the grassroots. Carol Shea-Porter speaks for we the people.

    I heard her speak a few weeks ago and wish everyone could get the chance to hear her.

    Anyway, I have a safe Dem. representative so my wish to vote for her won't be coming true. I just hope that NH understands how lucky they are.

  •  Manchester (1+ / 0-)
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    I saw Carol speak at a rally in Manchester today, and she was great!  Last night, a couple of aldermen took her around to Manchester's social clubs; they said people really liked her! I think she will pull this off.

  •  DVD's of Entire Debate (1+ / 0-)
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    We now have DVD's of the entire debate and they are being distributed to Public Access stations in NH-01.  The trick here is to get them squeezed into their schedule before Tuesday.

    We may be able to get the whole debate on YouTube but my request for a Director's account hasn't been approved yet and we're still working on getting it compressed to MP4.  Being born well before 1990 we didn't get the embedded geek chip at birth so this stuff isn't so easy.

    It's such a powerful 60 minutes and shows that what you see is what you get with both Carol Shea-Porter and Jeb Bradley.  We especially want people in Manchester to watch it just to help inspire their GOTV effort.  We did phone banking here to leaners and they are coming our way.

    I may be off until morning but leave any ideas in a comment.  One DVD will be heading to Manchester in the morning.

    Democracy isn't something you have, it's something you do! "Granny D"

    by chuck in NH on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:03:25 PM PST

  •  Even though i am in NH-02... (1+ / 0-)
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    The are I was phone banking for NH State Senate District 2 today overlaps with NH-01.  I probably called about 150 people personally to remind them to vote for the Democratic Ticket, including Carol.

    My little part to help... even though i have my own candidate.

  •  Good luck! (0+ / 0-)

    We're watching from afar (in my case, Michigan) and wishing you guys the very best! We've got a number of great candidates, like Nancy Skinner, who are breathing down the backs of the Publicans. Let's hope all our work pays off.

    Strength and wisdom are not opposing values -- Bill Clinton

    by AceDeuceLady on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:25:19 PM PST

  •  she was on fire (0+ / 0-)


    democracy is not a spectator sport

    by zenobia on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:31:42 PM PST

  •  Whew! Those clips are great. (0+ / 0-)

    Shea-Porter was focused and aggressive, yet diplomatic in her Bradley take-downs.  Does Bradley still say Rumsfeld is doing a good job?  I look forward to seeing the whole debate.  No way to get the DVD on Bedford Public Access, but you may have a shot with Manchester which is where you want it anyways.  Jim Craig should know someone who can sponsor it through the process.  
       Many towns set their Public Access schedules a week before, and some like Bedford have other obstacles to getting outside produced tapes on, particularly political tapes.
       I posted on this elsewhere, but are people aware that several weeks ago it was the House Armed Services Committee Republicans who terminated the very effective Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.  He is a Republican who helped Bush in Florida in 2000, but he apparently took his Inspector General job seriously.  He uncovered vast waste by Haliburton and others, and he uncovered (for instance) the fact that the military did not record anything about the 80,000 weapons they have given the Iraqis in the last year or so, which is contrary to the military's SOP.  In short, he was uncovering real facts that would save money and make us safer yet were embarrassing the Bush Administration, and so the response of Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee (the committee supposed to be giving oversight to the DOD) was to do away with the office of Special Inspector General to Iraqi Reconstruction!  The provision was buried deep inside of the giant defense authorization bill that just past---so deep that Susan Collins did not know about it.  According to yesterday's NYTimes, it was in a closed door "conference" and the Democrats strongly objected.  
       Guess who is on the Armed Services Committee?  Joseph the "Jeb" Bradley.  It may be too late to address in the campaign, but BOY is this telling about the Bradley Republicans.  Did he vote for the firing?  If not, what did he do to stop this partisan travesty?  Can ANYONE serious think he is "moderate" in light of this hackery?

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