Mandarin Update V - 'Spreading consternation and bewilderment'
The aging mandarin class
in NH is in utter shock and disarray, experiencing 'palpable disbelief' and 'struggling to make sense' of that whippersnapper Obama with all his 'students and the trendies.' ... It wasn't supposed to work out this way, was it? ... Howie
: 'The Clintons always fancied themselves so much cooler than those crusty old World War II Republicans, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole. Now ...' ... Now indeed. But fear not, mandarin class: Mary Louise Hancock, the 87-year-old 'grande dame' of the state's Dem party, and 'a strike force of 200 volunteers sent north by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino' are still with you. ...
Over on the GOP side, Joan
is ripping into Mitt 'Agent Change' Romney. Read it. ... Mitt's channelling
Deval? It's hard to believe -- but there it is. ... Polls show
McCain pulling ahead and Obama wiping out Hillary's lead. (I thought I saw a poll with Obama ahead by 10. But maybe that was someone's confident prediction.). ...Update
- Via Jon
warns of a possible backlash against all the Mitt-is-doomed predictions. David covers himself with a lot of big 'ifs,' but he's right to say one shouldn't discount NH voters surprising the pundits on Tuesday. The polls above were taken pre-debate. ... P.S. -- Reader No. 1 thinks Hillary and Mitt did well in the debates. See post above.