At the Radisson Lobby
By Joel Achenbach
MANCHESTER, N.H., 6 p.m. -- Moths to a flame, countless journalists and political groupies have converged on the lobby of the Radisson Hotel, killing time in the news lull and trolling for exit poll results. I've found a prime, VIP blogging-station on some carpeted steps just around the corner from the front desk. Dave Barry was sitting on the floor, but he just left to give an interview and assigned me to watch his laptop. It's like the old days at The Herald! Maybe he'd like me to fetch him a sandwich, or file his expense report.
Jonathan Alter was just here, too, and a couple of people asked for his autograph. Seen him on TV. Jon and I argued strenuously that Dave is the much bigger deal, but the autograph hounds would have none of it. They wanted Alter and they wanted him bad. One guy said that when Alter goes on TV he seems so "fresh." We explained the miracle of modern TV makeup.
A little girl posed for a picture with Alter, snapped by her father.
Alter left for some important task. The little girl then returned and asked a question that I will share with Jon upon his return:
"Just to double check, what was the name of the man sitting here?"
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January 8, 2008; 6:44 PM ET
Categories: Joel's New Hampshire Diary , Primaries , The Democrats
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