Tears and Voting in New Hampshire

The first of a what may well be a number of late nights has seen a stunning come from behind victory for Hillary Clinton and a slightly larger than expected victory for John McCain in the New Hampshire primary.

Was this the moment that turned around the Hillary Clinton campaign for the White House?

While some have suggested that it showed a human side to Hillary that may have engaged voters, the BBC reports some analysis of a CNN exit poll that suggests that the Clinton comeback was due to getting out the core Democratic vote.

Comparisons have been drawn with the ‘Muskie Moment’ in the New Hampshire primary during the 1972 campaign, when Senator Ed Muskie, the Man from Maine who was the ‘inevitable’ Democratic nominee cried / was photographed with melting snow on his face – following media attacks on his wife.

For an alternative account of that 1972 campaign, why not try Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by the late Hunter S. Thompson – a collection of his articles from Rolling Stone that followed the battle for the Democratic nomination and the Presidential election between Richard Nixon and George McGovern.

Thompson also covered the Clinton campaign some 20 years later, in what may be the purest example of political Gonzo journalism – which places the writer at the heart of the story in a stream of consciousness style – Better than Sex includes faxes, scribblings, letters, buttons and everything else Thompson used to cover the race.

For now, there is a brief lull before the Michigan primary and then it’s on to Nevada and South Carolina – I get the feeling that this ride has only just started …

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