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9 posts categorized "Our Man In New Hampshire"

Jan 09, 2008

Our Man In New Hampshire #8: A 50 State Race

This is the last in a 72-hour series of New Hampshire primary dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.

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Here is a dedicated link to this series.

Obama Cautions Voters About His Lead Position (The Caucus)
Obama Bolts Ahead of Clinton in New Polls (The Caucus)
From a Big Boost for Obama to a Sharp Blow (NYT)

((All images © Alan Chin.  Nashua, New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission.)

Our Man In New Hampshire #7: The Chelsea Factor

This is the seventh in a 72-hour series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin, with an extra dose of post-election analysis by The BAG.

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Alan Chin filed two sets of Clinton photos with BAGnewsNotes leading up to last night's New Hampshire primary.

Interestingly, one group was from the first day, and the other, from the last day of the campaign.  I understand that there are advantages and disadvantages in looking at these with the results already in, so please excuse the Monday (or Wednesday) morning quarterbacking.

If one can use the Chin pictures as a representative sample, there are a couple deductions to be drawn.  First and foremost, as compared to any of the other candidates, it seems the Clinton campaign maintains very tight control over access.  About half the supply Alan captured offered a vantage similar to the one above.

What I was most interested in thinking out, however, given Alan's set, was what happened between last Saturday, after the Clinton campaign had been battered in Iowa, and this Monday, the day before Hillary's poll-trashing New Hampshire rise from the ashes.




Based on the material on hand (which included no emotional roundtable discussions nor any mid-debate depiction of hurt feelings), I would have to say that the difference -- over and between those two days -- was primarily familial.

In addition to the sign-toting women at Saturday's sparsely attended campaign rally at the Nashua airport, Bill Clinton was a primary presence.  (I elaborated on the problematic nature of this -- just like much of the media did -- way back on Friday at The BAG.)  Peculiarly, Alan's sequence catches Bubba in the pose of a field general, as if reprising his charge to the bridge to the 21st Century.


In comparison, Alan's best image from election eve day was the shot above from a rally for canvassers in a Manchester parking lot.  (Bill, by the way, was not in attendance.)

When you include the woman pushing out the platform, the image provides the sense that the campaign is now totally infused with girl power.  More significantly though, we see Chelsea  -- like a beacon -- visually aligned with that platform.

If Alan Chin, rather than moving on to the Edwards campaign, had continued to follow Clinton that day, I'm convinced we would have an elegant and larger body of evidence that Chelsea, rather than Bill, had become the campaign's new inspiration (not to mention, its co-star).

Falling back on the visual media, however, you might check out this image which I set aside on Saturday, thinking it not only captured a powerful solidarity between mother and daughter, but between mother, daughter and the spirited representative of a key demographic.

Skipping to first thing Monday morning, look at this shot from a NYT Hillary Road Show (taking note of the announcement-like caption).  Also, consider the expansive gesture in this Reuters photo from the same event Alan photographed above; and also this shot after the event which the NYT chose for its "Final Push" slide show.

The defining image, however, has got to be this one from Monday evening's final campaign event, revealing a tearful candidate simultaneously celebrating her own voice and the family circle's new secret weapon.

Last Up: Election Night At Obama Central

((All images © Alan Chin.  Concord, New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission.  linked images: Hillary/Chelsea canvassing:  Brian Snyder/Reuters. Manchester, New Hampshire January 6,2008.  Hillary/Chelsea with college student: Elise Amendola/A.P. Clinton campaign bus. Durham, N.H., January 5, 2008.)

Jan 08, 2008

...Stay Tuned

( image  © Alan Chin.  Concord, New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission.(

Our Man In New Hampshire #6: Choices

This is the sixth in a 72-hour series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.

Update 3:32 PST: Alan and I had a quick conversation about an hour ago debating, again, which campaign to cover this election night. This time, though, he was trying to decide between Obama and Hillary, rather than Obama or McCain.  As the editor in all this, I found myself pulling for Clinton, thinking the drama and sense of pathos would be remarkable (given a loss).  If tragedy is compelling subject matter, however, I get the sense Alan is heading to Obama's HQ, and history.

By the way, here is a dedicated link to this series.

Our Man In New Hampshire #5b: Mill Worker Mission

This is the sixth in a 72-hour series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.  These shots were taken between two events, one Saturday and the other Sunday.

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Meetings in the round --with everyone sitting close, on the same level -- has been a hallmark of the Edwards campaign.  Come the last day before the primary, however (and, potentially, JE's last day of presidential viability), the circle is more compressed than before.

On the phone, Alan confirms the intensity, and adds a few details.  The audiences at the two meetings are primarily working class people.  Also, the candidate is traveling with the largest entourage on the trail.  It includes his father and mother (second photo); the family of Nataline Sarkisyan, the woman who died because her Insurance company wouldn't approve a liver transplant; and James Lowe, who couldn't speak for 50 years because he didn't have the insurance to correct a cleft palate.

As part of the presentation, many of these people offer testimonials.



Because of the intensity of the images above, I almost didn't include these last two (and I wonder about the effect if I hadn't).  With Edwards -- if strictly for the fact he's a politician (leaving aside, for one thankful moment, any other baggage) -- one can be powerfully pulled between man and message.

Next Up: Hillary

(All images courtesy Alan Chin.  Concord, New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission)

Jan 07, 2008

Our Man In New Hampshire #4: BarackOMania

This is the fourth in a 72-hour series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.  These shots were taken on Sunday at Concord High School.

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In essence, it only takes two pictures right now to tell the New Hampshire Obama story.


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For young people, the campaign seems to be generating an untold number of future "I remember when" moments.  As Chin writes:  "Thousands of intense young college students, and many coeds, it seems, flock to Obama's rally and cheer with a passionate intensity wholly lacking anywhere else."

Surely, the orientation is coincidental, but as everything else seems to be lining up, so too does the "Sportsmanship Award."

It seems the tone in the country is almost too jaded and polarized to believe in the kind of passion and inspiration being generated right now by this politician.

Next Up: John Edwards, then Hillary, I believe.  (...Have to see what comes through in the morning's email)

(All images courtesy Alan Chin.  Concord, New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission)

Our Man In New Hampshire #3: McCain/Lieberman '08

This is the third in a series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.  These shots were taken on Friday at the Derry Town Hall. It was the event where McCain responded to a question about the Iraq occupation by warning of a 100 year commitment.

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The preliminaries


Notice Lieberman also toting a microphone.  Although the press seemed to ignore it, the event in Derry was as much a joint appearance.  Chin notes that Lieberman held the floor almost as long as McCain.  Alan adds:  " Lieberman stands at McCain's side like some ghost of electoral perversity.  Imagine the thought of the vice presidential loser of one political party repeating the feat for the other party?

Obama's is not the only one who has been rocking the youth vote. Although he's been an insider almost forever, McCain's M.O. as a maverick has been creating buzz also.

Cindy McCain

McCain does everything he can to plays on his military record, and specifically, his POW status -- even though he's been a pinball on the Iraq war.





McCain's strategy, dramatically different from most other candidates, is to provide abundant access. If the press loves it -- helping explain why his coverage, at least since Iowa, has been so stellar -- the downside, as a NYT article described this week, is that typically, McCain is overly blunt and oppositional with these town hall audiences.

McCain: "Make it 100! (video: YouTube)
McCain Mixes It Up on a Town-Hall Tour (NYT)
McCain Flip Flops Again: 100 Years In Iraq ‘Would Be Fine With Me,’ Even ‘A Million Years’ -- McCain Flip On Korea (ThinkProgress)
Why reporters fawn over McCain? ...Unfettered Access. (Carpetbagger)
Obama not the only one rocking youth vote (Eat The Press)
McCain Mixes It Up on a Town-Hall Tour (NYT)

Next Up: Barack Obama

(All images courtesy Alan Chin.  Derry, New Hampshire.  January 4, 2007  Used by permission)

Our Man In New Hampshire #2: Rudy's Segway (Or: Screw The Working Class)

This is the second in a series of campaign dispatches from BNN Contributer Alan Chin.




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(love the expression)


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If Rudy's 36-minute visit to the Segway plant generated some great infotainment, what the media somehow missed was the somehow missed was the reaction of the people working there.

Next Up: John McCain

(All images courtesy Alan Chin.  New Hampshire.  January 5, 2007  Used by permission)

Jan 06, 2008

Our Man In New Hampshire #1: Rockin' With Huck

BNN Contributer Alan Chin is on the ground in New Hampshire in the final days before the primary.  Between now and Tuesday, The BAG offers you exclusive access to his impressions, candidate-by-candidate.  As always, your reactions to his reactions are encouraged.


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