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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Racing to irrelevancy

Those Granite Staters are at it again -- building stone monuments to stone monuments, fighting proxy wars to dash Boston traditions and last but certainly not least, staring at the end of their quadrennial gravy train.

As both political parties rev for 2008, its becoming quite clear that New Hampshire is not likely to repeat its role of king (or queen) maker. (In fact, haven't they been on the wrong end a lot lately, like Bill Clinton in '92 and John McCain in 2000? And memo to Mitt: Don't they also have a bad habit of picking "favorite sons" like Mike Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John Kerry?)

So what are our ingenious northern neighbors planning to show they are still relevant? "Big" crowds instead of cozy diner and living room meet-ups.

The bottom line, of course is to grab one last run on the gravy train before it heads to states that are far more representative than the state behind the curtain.

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