The news for Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign can’t get much better.
In recent weeks, polls in the Granite State have shown her in impressive leads over Obama and Edwards. Today, we’ve learned that her overall campaign fund-raising far exceeded expectations. More to the point, they far exceeded Obama’s fund-raising during the same period.
Hillary’s campaign was quick to boast about her dual front-runner status in an email to supporters.
This is my eighth presidential primary as a New Hampshire voter. The first one I remember hanging out at the old Concord Highway Hotel and watching Jesse Jackson and Jack Germond sharing an adult beverage in the hotel bar.
What I also remember watching during the past 32 years has been the contrariness of New Hampshire voters, and how quickly they turn on front-runners. As a group, we tend to take pity on underdogs and lash back at the winners who think they have things “locked up.”
My advice to Hillary and her campaign: don’t act like the winner, not around here, and certainly not yet. Front-runner status in New Hampshire is the kiss of death.
The political highway from New Hampshire down to the border we share with that Big Blue State below us is littered with the aspirations of presidential wannabes who left here thinking they had us all figured out.