They're voting in New Hampshire today. NPR has had nonstop sound bites from the campaign trail. I keep trying to think of a reason to care and failing. I suppose it is vaguely good news that the sanest of the clown car occupants, John Huntsman, is finally getting some traction and has some hope of a second place finish. Huntsman, after all, has had enough of an independent streak to contradict some of the GOP's most cherished talking points.
Unfortunately, New Hampshire is one of the few states having early primaries that is also blessed with a voting populace that's willing to think. The other contest coming up soon is South Carolina -- and that's a state where the loonier the position, the more the voters love it. Huntsman may do well in New Hampshire, but he's going to sink without a trace once the campaign moves south. It's also pretty clear that the monied interests have pinned their hopes on Romney, the man who's such a nonperson that, as Paul Krugman put it, to call him an empty suit is an insult to empty suits everywhere.
I don't get why anyone would be attracted to Romney, whether it's voters or monied interests, because he's so stiff and phony. It's a major mystery to me as to how he ever managed to win an election anytime anywhere -- of course, when he ran in Massachusetts in 2002 he portrayed himself as a progressive moderate, not the reactionary conservative he's channeling now. If nothing else, Mitt is good at telling voters what they want to hear.