We are here for your live New Hampshire primary results. You can see the actual results over to the right of the page. We're getting the first trickle of results in now. The early (and routinely unreliable) exit polls suggest a solid first place for Donald Trump and the remaining four candidates bunched between 10 and 15 percent. The same suggest a substantial double digit lead for Bernie Sanders, basically in line with the polls. Again, put very little stock in those numbers. But we'll be getting real counts pretty soon. Full county by county results here.
High Court doesn't even wait for the case to go through the lower courts before calling a dramatic halt to President Obama's Climate Change program.
Bizarre. Man who attacks anti-Rubio protestor dressed as a robot at Rubio event turns out to be Rubio's New Hampshire campaign chairman.
Video after the jump ...
I was amused by TPM Reader ST's claim that we were exhibiting overly delicate sensibilities by treating Trump's "pussy" comments as a denigrating reference to female genitalia. But other readers are not amused at all and have emailed at length on the linguistic origins of the slur:
So prominent GOP campaign surrogate and one-time rock star Ted Nugent just went on a wild anti-Semitic Facebook rant blaming Jews for gun control.
TPM Reader ST doesn't pussyfoot around:
Prime members, get your questions in here!
I mentioned this McKay Coppins Buzzfeed piece in my previous post. But it's worth revisiting, even as I add the caveat that no single reported piece can be treated as definitive. Having said that, it is hard to imagine anything beside child molester or pathological liar that could be a more devastating critique of a presidential contender, especially one that is widely held among those close to Marco Rubio.
The key line is: "Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness — and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined."
The makings of a president. From Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins ...
But to those who have known him longest, Rubio’s flustered performance Saturday night fit perfectly with an all-too-familiar strain of his personality, one that his handlers and image-makers have labored for years to keep out of public view. Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness — and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.
It's hard to think of a better quality for a president than to lose your cool and panic at clutch moments.
You'll hear a lot today about how since 1322 or whenever it is, only three men have lost the New Hampshire primary and gone on to be president. But definitely pay attention to who the three are: Clinton, Bush and Obama. In other words, the last three presidents, going back 24 years. So yeah, the New Hampshire primary ain't what it used to be.
Donald Trump Jr: "Now, listen, in this country I’m the son of a billionaire, I can’t even have an opinion anymore. I could be Albert Einstein and they would discredit me as a horrible scientist. It doesn’t matter."
Trump gets into good-natured call and response with supporter about Ted Cruz being a 'pussy' for not supporting waterboarding.
We've got a bit more polling data on what to expect in the results tomorrow night. It's the final tracking poll data from ARG. Details after the jump ...
We now have a number of polls that give us a some look into the fall-out from Saturday night's debate. The picture is mixed. We have two tracking polls which show a slight downtick for Rubio (ARG and UMass Lowell) and one (CNN/WBUR) which shows a slight uptick. Notably the last is the only one that includes some interviews from today.
I will say that I have serious doubts that Bloomberg for President will survive first contact with the Hudson River. I say this as someone who thinks Bloomberg did or continued a lot of good things in New York City. But I strongly suspect that a Bloomberg for President insurgency would create a movement on the scale of Lieberman for President.
After all, he wants your gun, your soda and your union card. Should go great.