GOP NH chairwoman with record of failure attacks Trump's successes

Elected state GOP officials are supposed to be neutral in primaries, but N.H. GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn didn't seem to get the memo.

"Shallow campaigns that depend on bombast and divisive rhetoric do not succeed in New Hampshire, and I don't expect that they will now," Horn told the Boston Globe about billionaire Donald Trump, whom the Globe noted holds a "commanding lead" in her state, in a phone interview on the day before Thanksgiving.

And in case you didn't know where her sympathies were, she added:

People are probably underestimating [New Jersey Governor] Chris Christie. And, certainly, [former Florida governor Jeb] Bush is working very, very hard in New Hampshire," Horn was quoted as saying.

Horn further attacked the voters who attend Trump's rallies.

"Big rallies are a lot of fun, but in New Hampshire voters are looking to have that real conversation with a candidate," Horn said.

What a hypocrite.   A Republican candidate gets big crowds, and Horn's response is to sneer at him.  Meanwhile, what is Horn's record?  She is chairwoman in a state that used to be solidly Republican but now boasts a Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan; a Democratic senator, Jeanne Shaheen; and a Democratic congresswoman, Ann Kuster.  A Republican congressman, Frank Guinta, has a rating of "D"; a Republican senator, Kelly Ayotte, has a CR rating of "F."

In sum, New Hampshire has elected more Democrats to top positions than Republicans, and the Republicans it has elected don't vote very differently from the Democrats.  This is because Republicans like Horn don't engage in "bombast and divisive rhetoric," as Horn calls it, or "speaking the truth about the issues facing the country," as I call it.

And even when Trump is winning – leading in New Hampshire, attracting large crowds, bringing new people into the Republican Party (why does no one talk about Trump "expanding the tent"?), he still gets attacked, because he is changing the party from a junior coalition partner with the Democrats to a party that stands for something.

You know, if Trump gets elected president, he'll have the ability to clean house at the Republican National Committee.  The pity is that he can't do the same at the state level.

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.

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