By Andrew C. Bome
Published January 06, 2008
(Editor's Note: Andrew C. Bome is in New Hampshire for the US presidential primaries and agreed to write a journal for those Raise the Hammer readers who are interested in following US politics. -Ed.)
On Saturday evening, Alan and I decided to hang out in the demonstration zone at the site of the debates. These zones are euphemistically called "free speech zones".
For many reasons we decided to hang out with the Fred Thompson supporters - we made the right choice. Me being me, talking politics with people is fun; talking politics to people who are bat guano crazy is unforgettable.
One guy we talked to was keen on immigration reform. He pretty much hated immigrants and wanted to send the illegals home. At on point in his screed, he told us that he had studied history and asked us if we were familiar with the "reconquista" because that was what the Mexicans were doing. I resisted asking who was the Mexican "El Cid".
The other crazy was this lovely woman from Framingham, Massachusetts. She was of Irish decent and looked it - fair skin, red hair, green eyes.
She was also a complete lunatic. She had similar views on immigration to Mr. History Buff. She told us how Framingham had lots of Brazilians who would not talk to you if you did not talk to them in perfect "Brazilian" (I did not correct her).
She talked about seeing Ann Coulter once and that she thought Ms. Coulter was awesome; she was half right. She talked about her views on Deval Patrick, the African American (and Liberal) governor of Massachusets. Alan asked her in his innocent way whether Mr. Patrick was Irish; she said no in such a way that made it clear that she was offended by the notion that you could think that Governor Patrick was Irish.
We went to see the post debate McCain rally. It was at a bar and we could not get in to see Senator McCain as the bar was fussy about overcrowding (darn fire code regulations). We waited outside the door of the bar for Senator McCain to appear. He arrived an did some glad handing. I got to shake Senator McCain's hand. Made my day.
I my view I met the future president of the United States today. Either Barack Obama or John McCain will be the candidate and I met both of them today. Mind you, I met Senator Obama with about 3,000 others.
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