"[The New Hampshire Democrats] have performed so poorly in the area of fiscal responsibility, in the area of pushing a very, very liberal social agenda that I think [voters] are beginning to realize that they made a mistake.”
-Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) On The New Hampshire Democrat Leadership’s Abysmal Record
Live Free - Or Become Massachusetts Jr.
The Wall Street Journal
Brian M. Carney
May 19, 2009
On his way out of the Senate, Judd Gregg's outlook is mostly downbeat. He sees an Obama administration determined to grow the government beyond all historical bounds and a Republican Party without the votes to stand in the way.
But in one respect, the senior Senator from New Hampshire was remarkably upbeat: He believes the GOP is poised to come surging back in 2010 -- at least in his native New Hampshire. "This election," he said during a visit to the Journal offices recently, "will settle the future of New Hampshire -- whether we stay the refugee camp for entrepreneurs in New England, or whether we become New Hampshirechusetts."
He acknowledges it may be too soon to say whether his state's voters have fully grasped what the Democratic-controlled legislature is up to. "The legislature is moving dramatically in the direction of Massachusetts. I mean, basically anything that gets passed in Massachusetts, the Democratic legislature introduces the next week and tries to pass in New Hampshire." But he likes the GOP's chances. "We have a lot of talented people in the Republican Party right now," he says.
Mr. Gregg says New Hampshire Democrats "have performed so poorly in the area of fiscal responsibility, in the area of pushing a very, very liberal social agenda that I think [voters] are beginning to realize that they made a mistake. And they didn't let those folks in because they thought the policies at the state level were incorrect. They were just voting straight tickets against Bush and the Iraq policy."
With that "overhang" gone, Mr. Gregg smells a comeback.