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January 09. 2012 10:55PM

Now it’s New Hampshire’s turn to decide

THE POLLSTERS and pundits have already told us what is going to happen today. Mitt Romney is going to swamp all comers and, we have been told over and over, this will be because someone has decided he is the only Republican who can beat Barack Obama.

But now it’s New Hampshire’s turn, and New Hampshire has this funny little habit of turning conventional wisdom on its head and deciding things for itself.

Voters here may decide that Newt Gingrich was right on Sunday to call Romney’s claims of being a non-politician “pious baloney.”

Romney claimed that he didn’t move to Massachusetts “to begin a political career, running time and time again.” But that is exactly what Romney did, running for senator in 1994, governor in 2002, and running non-stop for President since 2006.

Voters here may decide that Jon Huntsman was right to smack Romney’s cheap shot against Huntsman for having served his country as U.S. ambassador to China. Romney suggested such service was anti-Republican, but his own big local supporter, Judd Gregg, had accepted just such service before backing out of becoming Obama’s commerce secretary. And what did Romney think of Huntsman’s own two sons, serving their country in the U.S. Navy?

Voters may even decide that Romney’s promise to let “the generals” tell him when to start or leave a war is not what they expect from a commander-in-chief.

The pollsters and pundits have it all figured out. But now it’s New Hampshire’s turn.


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