Sunday, September 10, 2006

Senator Frist Learns Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

Last night I was invited, and accepted, an invitation to attend the Seacoast Federation of Republican Woman's (SFRW) annual Chili Feast in New Hampshire. For those of you who don't know, the SFRW, which started quite humbly just a few years ago, has grown into a powerhouse in New Hampshire Republican politics. Which, as everyone must know, makes the SFRW a national political force.

Which is why both Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator McCain had staff at the event who were delivering checks to various candidates for state office and flirting with all the guests. Now, Romney and McCain's staffs were not their campaigning for a potential presidential run. Oh good God no. The Governor of Massachusetts and the Senator from Arizona's staffs were there because both McCain and Romney are "so concerned that New Hampshire state races go the GOP's way".

Their concerns are duly noted and touching.

The rest of the evening's chili feast was what you would expect - Chili, GOP leaders from all levels in NH and their GOP faithful. The message of the night was "get out the vote!". It seems that the NH GOP has had trouble drumming up "exciting" Republican candidates and the Democrats are hoping to capitalize on the GOP base's apathy at the voting booth in November.

U.S. Senator John Sununu was the highest ranking politician to attend. And, he gave a good speech that was warmly received.

The problem was, Senator Sununu was not supposed to be the star attraction of the show. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was. Senator Frist, without an explanation, didn't show up.

The good doctor, who is considering a presidential run, managed to jilt not just one lady, but several hundred. Several hundred women who hold the keys to his political future in NH.


Leaving the event that night I heard one nice little old lady remark to another nice little old lady, "I wonder where Senator Frist was tonight? He was supposed to be here."

To which her friend replied, "I wonder if he is making a statement the he doesn't believe that 'New Hampshire should be first in the nation'."

Those are not good Frist 08' talking points ah?