From the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, Vermont, smallest city in the USA and recently feature in the Boston Globe. This is a gem of a library (I fondly remember researching a James Thurber term paper here back in 1968); and computer use is on a first-come, first serve basis.
In visiting my brother for a few days, I got to watch the TV station I grew up with, Channel 3, WCAX-
TV, Burlington. In less than an hour, I noted three of the Obama commercials featuring Bill Clinton. Since The Anointed One is 30 or so points ahead in the Green Mountain state, the commercials obviously aren't intended to sway Vermont. The station also reaches across Lake Champlain into New York state (no, need to advertise there) and into southern Quebec.
Hm, I thought. Then I remembered that I used to get Channel 3 back when I lived in Plymouth, NH. I assume the station still reaches into western and northern New Hampshire, and it's a good indication of just how vital New Hampshire could be that Team Obama is advertising on Channel 3 even though it is reaching only a fraction of the New Hampshire populace.
No, I didn't see any Romney commercials on the station.
Vermont still elects its Attorney General and there was a hotly contested race on the Democratic side earlier this week. Channel 3 reported that turnout was only about 40,000; it was more than 100,000 two years ago. Go figure.
Vermont and New Hampshire are the only two states still with two year terms for Governor. Democat Shumlin was elected here by a slim margin two years ago, but he's up 30 points or more now. As I recall, once you get elected in Vermont, you remain in office until you die. Note Senators Leahy and Bernie The Socialist Sanders. When I was a kid, Senator George Aiken was the man. He didn'd spend anything on his campaigh. He also formulated the ideal solution for the Vietnam War--declare victory and come home. Hey, we should try that in Afghanistan.
The Paul Ryan speech was on last night, but my brother and I talked over it. He doesn't vote, but I got the sense that he would be a Democrat. In fact, as we talked I began to wonder why I ever changed to become a Republican. I agree with him (and Demcrats) on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization to Roe v. Wade to excess police powers. Were it not for Democrats big tax and spend policies, I'd be happier in that party.
But then we walked up to the farmers market on the common with its monument to Commodore McDonough, hero of the War of 1812, a silly war if ever there was one. (My high school mascot was commodores).
Eggs and corn were $6 a dozen; I suppose it could be the price one pays for freshness, but I suspect it's equally due to Obama policies ruining the American dollar. My brother and I jokes that we shouldn't worry. Ink and paper are cheap and as long as we can buy them, we can always print more dollars.
End of the pro-Democratic argument.
Whoops--someone wants to use the computer. I'm off to Montreal for the Fetish Festival. The provincial election is hot there now; they vote Tuesday.