March 24, 2009: GOP sees signs of life in Northeast (Politico)

  • “To predict there is now a groundswell of support for Republicans is a little pretentious,” said former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), who lost a reelection bid in 2006. “But clearly the traditional voter in the Northeast is looking more closely at Republicans with Bush and the war in Iraq not on the front burner anymore. Now the Democrats have their scandals, they have their problems, and the American people are looking back and thinking we need to balance things out.”Of course, for Northeastern Republicans, it’s hard for things to get any worse. President Barack Obama carried all nine states in last year’s presidential election, winning more than 60 percent of the vote in five of them.