Rudy on the New Hampshire Primary
Rudy has contributed a witty and enjoyable essay on the virtues of New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation primary to VictoryNH. The piece is a curtain-raiser for Rudy's return visit to the Granite State on November 3rd, when he headlines a forum on Leadership for the group, which is made up of pro-gun and anti-tax activists.
Keying off of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and the disaster that is the Designated Hitter, Rudy writes:
Thus, New Hampshire's primary is inclusive and gives all Americans a chance to hear from a number of candidates. Time and time again, New Hampshire has served as a launching pad for underdog candidates and also to winnow out frontrunners who took a Granite State victory for granted. As American politics increasingly values a candidate's prowess at fundraising, the chance to evaluate that candidate on the more meaningful issues in New Hampshire becomes even more critical.
Whether or not the winner of the primary goes on to become his or her party's nominee is not the salient point. The better measure of the value of New Hampshire's primary is how professionally managed and how thoughtfully it is received. New Hampshire has an uncanny knack for focusing the country's attention on issues that will shape the upcoming elections. Candidates do not necessarily need to win in New Hampshire to win in November. But those who ignore the message of New Hampshire's voters do so at their peril.
The primacy of the New Hampshire primary is a hallowed American tradition that should be preserved and protected.
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