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January 6, 2008

Our Man In New Hampshire #1: Rockin’ With Huck

BNN Contributer Alan Chin is on the ground in New Hampshire in the final days before the primary.  Between now and Tuesday, The BAG offers you exclusive access to his impressions, candidate-by-candidate.  As always, your reactions to his reactions are encouraged.





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Alan writes:

Huckabee can play the bass, much like his fellow Arkansan governor Bill could play the sax. But that is about where the comparision, and the rational thought ends.  Chuck Norris –action star –  introduced him and was rewarded by Huckabee with a nomination to become “Secretary of Defense,” which he quickly downgraded a sentence later to “Well, maybe Chief Of White House Security.”

Next Up: Rudy’s Segway (Or: Screw The Working Class)

(All images courtesy of Alan Chin.  New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission)

  • lytom

    What is everyone on? Is it in the air…
    Empowerment? Do they really believe FHuckabee is the solution to stop the decline of the Roman Empire?

  • Cactus

    I don’t think I’ve seen so many dour, miserable people in one spot since,,,,,well, at least since the Kerry victory celebration in 2004. Even the Huckster looks like he’d really rather be somewhere else. And he’s playing the music! They all look like pod people who haven’t had their koolade today.

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  • Plisko

    I don’t mean to be cynical here but is it really so hard to take a bunch of pictures and choose the ones with the most blank looking faces? My wife is beautiful and photogenic but I can take a picture with a really blank looking expression on her face in just a couple tries if she doesn’t know I’m doing it.
    I certainly applaud the effort to turn the camera around, though. I was struck more by how few people there were around than the expressions themselves.

  • NCH

    As someone who’s been through numerous primaries in NH (as a resident), I can tell you that by this time we all look like that. We are tired of everyone from the media looking for “crowd shots,” and we’re rather cynical about what any of the candidates are saying by this point, because they’re all sweating bullets by the end of the NH primary and the niceties are being dropped: we’re seeing behind the curtain. These folks are clearly tired and want everyone to go the hell home. I know I’m at that point.

  • alan chin

    no, of course it’s not so hard to photograph at these political events, which are, after all, arranged for the benefit of cameras above all else. I wouldn’t say that I was looking for “blank” faces; rather, I’m interested in a purely demographic description of who shows up. How old people are, what they’re wearing, male, female, and so on. I’m not thinking that this is a new idea, just a perennially interesting one in a democratic electoral process. And I’m also documenting the rituals which by now most everyone is familiar with: the venues (schools + clubs, mostly), the speeches, the questions-and-answers, the hand shaking at the end.

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