The damage caused by the Clintons' campaign not only destroys the former president's legacy but also rubs off on Shaheen, should one Clinton actually become the nominee. The link is anything but positive for Shaheen. Obama has a lot of supporters in New Hampshire who are angry at the machine, and that cannot help Shaheen.
While it is true the pro-choice community is trying to heal the rift, because all Democrats are better on reproductive rights than any Republican, some unusually bad blood remains here in New Hampshire.
Both Hillary Clinton and Jeanne Shaheen depend on an aura of inevitability. And they are both widely recognized as the ultimate party establishment candidates.
There are a heck of a lot more voters and activists than there are lock-step party insiders. People wearing Shaheen stickers at events have whispered to me that while they have to keep up appearances because of the fearsome Shaheen Machine, in the private voting booth they'll do what they want.
Then there's the blogosphere. Here's one sample entry: "Most Obama supporters are very mad ... Not only are they going to cast their vote against Hillary but also cast their vote against the former governor of NH [who] is running for a senate seat."
Even if they win their party nominations, there could be a heavy price the Clintons and Shaheens have to pay for demonizing the much-loved and respected Barack Obama.
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