I’m going to put it on the table this morning, because I feel used.  There it is.  Oh, and did I say alone?  Abandoned? 

This time last week in NH we were the focus of the US political universe (with the exception of planet Rudy, whose erratic orbit careened toward a different solar system).  This time last week the snow was clean and our minds were awash with questions.  “Change,” was just becoming the buzzword  that it now is.  It had not yet been uttered upwards of a billion times.  Oh yes … and The Daily Show wasn’t back on the air yet.

Now, NH is an empty shell of its former self.  Once busy campaign headquarters are just empty storefronts.  Main Street, NH now has a look that more closely matches the realities of the US economy, having lost the lively bustle and false appearance of prosperity that all those occupied buildings gave it! 

And the streets?  The coffee shops?  There’s NO ONE HERE!  No one cares what we think anymore.  We were courted and dropped.  Damn – now I remember how that feels.  It’s been years (four, to be exact). 

And as if to add insult to injury, here’s our weather for today in Central NH:  Freezing rain and sleet…changing to all rain by afternoon. Areas of fog. Highs in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds…becoming southeast around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. 

Notice where the winds are blowing?  If that’s not South Carolina I don’t know what it is!  Damned South Carolina … isn’t that where they all went last time?  I feel so stupid … so used!

PS  Does everyone think that John Kerry’s endorsement is a good thing on balance?  πŸ˜‰

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