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Waiting For Clinton in Nashua

By Joel Achenbach
NASHUA, N.H., 8:23 a.m.--We're at the Nashua airport, waiting for Hillary to show up in this aircraft hangar, which has two enormous American flags (maybe we're in the hangar because no other venue had enough flag space) and a red, white and blue painted bus that says Big Challenges, Real Solutions. As is typical at contemporary political events, there are countless reporters sitting on folding chairs staring into their laptops. They could conceivably be mingling with the ordinary citizens, but technology enables them (um, us) to be not really here. We're partially here, partially on our blogs. But I'm going to buck the system and go, right now, and find a citizen, and take the pulse of the people.

Found her: Sandy Adams. She's an Obama supporter. She's here because she runs the café next door to the hangar. Most of her clients are pilots and military types who like McCain and hate Clinton.

"There's lots of ignorant points of view. When someone says [Obama] can't be elected because he's black, that drives me crazy," she says.

Why doesn't she prefer Sen. Clinton?

"She's tarnished, because she's been in Washington, her husband's been in Washington. She's been involved with lobbyists. She'll be the same old thing. The same old Washington as usual."

Hopefully none of these Hillary supporters overheard.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 4, 2008; 9:41 AM ET
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton , Joel's New Hampshire Diary , The Democrats  
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