An Editorial -- Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: Of polls, pundits, and rubesBy JOSEPH W. McQUAID
New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher
February 04. 2016 6:18PM
With the Primary approaching, permit us a few observations. (Click here to view another editorial today, "Trump the Loser".)
• We think the voters should come first, which is why the special primary edition inside today’s Union Leader is called “Voters First.” It provides basic factual information on the Republican and Democratic candidates and where they stand on several issues. It also reproduces the party ballots. Be prepared, there are more candidates than you might think.
• One reason this newspaper was booted from co-hosting Saturday night’s GOP debate is that ABC-TV knows we would insist on inviting all the serious candidates, as we did last August at our Voters First Forum. The networks and both national parties have interfered with the role of New Hampshire voters by relying on national popularity polls to favor or dismiss candidates before we get to vote. Candidate Carly Fiorina should be included tomorrow night. And WMUR-TV dishonors our state’s political traditions if she is not.
• That reliance on polls caused networks and national pundits to look silly in Iowa but they are right back at it, trying to tell Granite Staters how the race will finish here based on their wild assumptions. Case in point: Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich are being dismissed in New Hampshire because of their low finish in Iowa. Rarely mentioned is that neither campaign spent more than a few dollars and very little time there. Their test comes here, in the first primary.
• Finally, we have Marco Rubio, the national pack media’s Flavor of the Week with fawning stories of how the Republican “establishment” seeks to “coalesce” behind him. Young Rubio must think New Hampshire a bunch of rubes. He hasn’t spent much time here but is trying to sell himself with TV ads as someone who can go to Washington to clean up the Washington mess.
Earth to Rubio: You are a U.S. senator. The Senate meets in Washington. You are hardly an outsider.