AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris
From supporting the war on American energy and Democrats’ pro-abortion radicalism to threatening her state’s “first in the nation” primary status, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan has abandoned all pretense of the moderation which has long defined the Granite State’s political character. Now, Hassan is desperately trying to execute a centrist pivot ahead of November – but her voting record and Democrats’ major brand issues could prove too much to overcome.
While Hassan has been steadily inching leftward since she was first elected to the Senate in 2016, that slide has become an all-out tumble in recent years, as the former governor has embraced one progressive policy after another. This became all too clear last fall when Hassan backed H.R.-1, the so-called “For the People Act,” which, among other disastrous provisions undermining election security, would have threatened New Hampshire’s sacrosanct first in the nation primary. For New Hampshire voters who understand the importance of that political tradition, Hassan’s position on H.R.-1 was perhaps a wake up about the dangers of progressive policies for the country in general and New Hampshire specifically – and a massive political liability for Hassan herself.
Hassan has also supported a number of other progressive policies which are hopelessly out of step with ordinary voters, ranging from support for ending the filibuster to a tacit endorsement of packing the Supreme Court (although Hassan quickly backtracked on the position once it became clear she was the only member of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation to support expanding the Court). Following the leaking of a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Hassan also voted in favor of legislation that would have legalized abortion up until the moment of birth in all 50 states, again taking the side of radicals over more moderate policies favored by a majority of voters.
But with Election Day just a few months away, Hassan has also attempted to strike a more conciliatory tone and pay lip service to addressing the slate of crises facing Americans. The reason why is clear: voters are none too happy with the current direction of the country, and they blame Democrats for it. According to a University of New Hampshire poll conducted last month, Hassan is sitting at just 35% approval in New Hampshire, below even Joe Biden’s approval nationally and a marked declined from a St. Anslem poll in March. Hassan’s favorability rating has also shown a steady decline since she was elected to the Senate in 2016, while her unfavourability rating has seen a corresponding increase and now sits at 51%. As Democrats’ brand struggles nationally, Hassan’s own fortunes in New Hampshire show that voters clearly associate her with the party’s failed policies.
Just how desperate Hassan is to both distance herself from Democrats’ disastrous policies and give off the appearance of moderation became clear late last month when she traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border and feigned sudden concern about the ongoing crisis there. Despite voting to reject funding for Trump’s border wall in 2019, Hassan is now calling for more border wall construction. Despite failing to vote for numerous border security measures throughout her nearly six years in the Senate, Hassan is now urging the Biden administration to keep Title 42 in place and send more resources to address the record surge in illegal crossings. While the need for border security hasn’t changed, it’s clear the politics have – at the last possible moment, Hassan is finally forced to care about the concerns of voters in New Hampshire rather than radical open border zealots in Washington, D.C.
Ironically, this desperate ploy appears to have done more to harm Hassan with her base of progressive voters than convince any critical swing voters to support her. One pro-immigration leader in New Hampshire told Politico last month that she was considering leaving her ballot blank for U.S. Senate this fall and was encouraging others to do the same. Another New Hampshire Democrat accused Hassan of trying to “out-Republican Republicans.” Meanwhile, Hassan’s standing with Independents doesn’t seem to have benefitted, and she stands little chance of peeling off any Republican voters in today’s polarized political climate.
It’s difficult to see Hassan faring much better on any other issues that matter to voters and on which she needs to separate herself from Democrats’ sullied reputation. One of the consequences of progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders demanding votes on legislation that is ultimately doomed to fail is that incumbents who aren’t from deep blue districts are forced to take politically harmful votes on policies that stand no chance of ever becoming law – simply opening them up to attacks from both moderate challengers and Republican opponents.
Currently, Hassan’s only saving grace is that Republicans have not managed to field a strong candidate to oppose her in November. With the primary not scheduled until September 13, the Republicans who are running will have to devote at least some of their attention to attacking each other rather than her. But ultimately, that still may prove insufficient to rescue Hassan from her largely self-inflicted electoral crisis.
Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_
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Just another swamp rat that needs to be cleaned out.
Used to get frustrated with voters from other states and their choices for higher office. Then l voted for Bill Cassidy. Never have been more ashamed of a vote cast. For all the deceived voters in Louisiana, l ask for your forgiveness.
Imho…. Folks in New Hampshire are a breed apart from the rest of the country.
They SEEM to be independent, but they are communist-leaning in all their voting.
I don’t get it.
Vermont is right up there with them!
Get your Volvo, and your Saab and migrate to Florida every winter.
Jeez, just stay home.
You have to understand that most of them are Taxachusetts transplants bringing their flaky values with them along with the very policies they fled.
One has to wonder about three things: 1) Do congress members even read the bills they vote on (or even listen to people they pay to read it for them and then brief them)?, 2) Do they really understand the constitution (my thinking being that a constitutional amendment would be required to make H.R. 1 a law)? and 3) Do they really feel that getting re-elected is far more essential than preserving our Republic … of course, referring back to point 2), that this is where they are taking us? Just asking …
Good riddance, Hassan!!! America First candidate Don Bolduc is an EXCELLENT candidate to take that US Senate seat, I’ve seen him twice at town Hall meetings in the last 10 days in NH. Please reach out and interview him to help get his name out there more!
She had her chance to clear things up , and made a mockery of her self to late for that vote her out and get some Republicans in there once again having to clean up what the democrats messed up. Everytime they get voted in to office they jack everything up.
We in NH can do better than Maggie Hassan. Time to vote her out!
And Shaheen along with her!
Yes! And vote for Don Bolduc!!
Dismiss all Democrats and Rino’s this year. VOTE THEM OUT!
Amen to that idea. .
There are no Democrats anymore…they have become the “communist party of amerika”
Living in Illinois , all these politicians never keep their promises. This creature is changing her tune just to get elected . When she gets elected it will be back to her old self screwing the people of New Hampshire . Read the commentary that Denise wrote . This is spot on. All elections are important, but this November election is crucial. You must vote .
You are so right. this is becoming a thing that dims do. Pretend to be conservative until after they are elected. Then we get stuck with 4 years of their insanity.
The demorat “party” (as in ‘lynch’) is anti-American, anti-Constitution, anti-truth,anti-decency, anti-freedom, anti-life, anti-anything that gets in the way of their destruction of this nation.The goal is to chain America to the “new world order” lauded by Bush Sr. in his acceptance speech on becoming president.
They lie, deceive, steal, fabricate, cheat, and MUST first disarm We The People before they can establish their “one world order.” Period…every single nation that is now a trampled under dictatorship was first disarmed in one deceptive way or another. To many so-called “americans” (little “a” on purpose) are too lazy to dig into the truth and are like stupid little sheep bleating joyously as they’re led to slaughter. These “people” will stop at nothing to destroy our unique and precious Constitutional Republic. This is nothing less than war on We The People.
Denise, your post is like a mirror to the one I was going to write, except you beat me to it.
I would offer a summary to your post, and most of the ones on today’s discussion thread.
I believe that the entire issue that divides us in American politics revolves around the false political theory of socialism that was popularized by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in 1848. Over the succeeding 174 years, people have tried to use socialism as a model to organize their societies.
Of these only the ones that employed brute force continue to struggle on.
Socialism only enables the insect colonies to thrive and advance. Human beings cannot use socialism in government because humans have the free will to strive for high reward, or to loll about in a parasitical existence. An Insect will work at maximum effort for minimal returns until it dies and another insect replaces it.
In simple terms, the one world order of socialism is a futile effort doomed to failure by the variations in the mentality of human beings.
So true Denise. Well said!
The socialists don’t need a god because they think THEY are god with the ability to control everything to create a utopia. Wake up call! There IS a God and you are not Him.
Hassan will lie & lie to convince voters she really is a moderate instead of an AOC radical. My guess is NH voters are smarter than that. It really doesn’t matter who Wins GOP primary. They won’t be a far left radical like Hassan. Hassan is responsible for every disaster Demos have created. She voted for all of it.
NH has been flooded with Hassan ads lately, all trying to paint her as a Lone Ranger fighting the horrible Biden policies. What a laugh! She’ll do anything to get re-elected and, if she is, she’ll go right back to her leftist corner. I hope NH voters can see that she’s out for herself and doesn’t care about us. My beloved state is looking quite tattered from lack of housing to lousy infrastructure to illegal aliens we’ll have to support. And she’s not alone; the majority of our elected officials are accomplishing nothing but spending money we don’t have, pointing fingers at each other and being asses. Our country is in serious trouble!
Same thing in Ohio with Tim Ryan. He’s after Rob Portman’s (RINO) Senate Seat and will oppose J.D. Vance in November. He’s already got ads stating that he disagrees with his party,etc. If you research the guys voting record you’ll find that 97% of the time he votes right along with the Wicked Witch of the West, Pelosi. From the time he first joined the House, he said he was going to oppose Pelosi. Even tried to get voted in to the Speakership. After voting the way he has since joining the House, this dude suffers major credibility issues just like the rest of his fellow Demonrats. Demonrats will lie, cheat, and steal to maintain or gain power. What happened in 2020 shouldn’t be forgotten or swept under the carpet. These people will say one thing and do another, a common trait for politicians. Problem now is that these are evil people who are trying to destroy this country as we know it. We’ve got to call these people out when they do this stuff. They’re certainly not in it to help everyday American Citizens, that’s quite obvious. November is just around the corner and we need to get people like Hasson and Tim Ryan out of whatever office for which they’re holding or running.
Yes. They say one thing when campaigning, people vote for them based on those lies and as soon as they’re in office, the campaign promises disappear.
Too bad Maggie Hassan doesn’t face real opposition. She’ll squeak it out against any of the weak people the Republicans nominate.
Fingers crossed that the Republicans have someone strong and that voters see through her lies. I’m a registered Independent and have always prided myself on keeping party out of it and voting for those who best represent my values; but I’m at the point where I’ll be voting a straight Republican ticket in November. I just hope the majority of voters feel the same.
Anyone that votes democrat is either mentally disabled or has fallen in love with Communism. Anti-American doesn’t even begin to describe them.
Hassan is a phony just like Kelly and Castro of Nevada. There are no moderates in the party anymore. Even Manchin voted to put that black leftist field hand on the court.
I am loath to be angry at Manchin. He has saved us from a lot of very bad things happening so far.
yes, BUT now he is working with Chuckie behind closed doors on some bill which should not even be considered. I do not get it…politicians always sell out in the END. Not one of them is looking out for the greater good of our USA.
He voted for her out of old school deference to the president, not because he supports her radicalism. Ever since the murderer of Massachusetts borked the supreme court, nothing is sacred.
Another left winger without one ounce of integrity who will lie and mis-represent her record and her platform to pander votes in a 50-50 state where dems have squeaked by in recent years. Lucky for her, formidable challengers have mostly bowed out. However, in 2022 not being Hassan or a Democrat will likely be enough to topple her…
The Hill has an article today on “How Democrats can have an Epic Midterm victory!” Hilarious.
The choice is clear. The political right supports the following principles, pretty much in order:
Together these principles are a win-win philosophy centered on individual liberty. There is no such thing as “extreme” or “radical” right wing – how can liberty be radical?
Everything else (the left) is simply flavors, varieties, and degrees of win-lose totalitarianism. Make no mistake – there is ZERO difference, among the LEADERS of leftist ideologies, of their politics. Their STRATEGIES differ only in how they envision they best maximize their totalitarian power.
In light of the endless money stream to Ukraine during our highest inflation in 30 30 years, Please define, “Small Government”. For that matter, please explain, “protecting #1”. You certainly can’t mean the US citizens; we’re getting the shaft while Exxon, Chevron and Shell rake in record profits just in the oil and gas industry.
Like 73% of liberal American females aged 48+, according to Pew Research she’s probably been told by a medical professional she’s mentally ill.
If she is a hard core democrat, how can “she” be sure of her gender?
SAVE THE U.S.A. arrest and exterminate all demonrats,libturds, commies, and nazis!!!…It’s time for another civil war!!!
The only problem with this whole article is the Democrats DO NOT have a Majority in the Senate. They hold 48 seats in a 100 seat body.
The Senate Majority is the 2 seat Socialist block.
The lack of a 50-50 Democrat majority with the VP tiebreaker, is RepublicRATs masquerading under Democrat affiliation. Manchin and Sinema ARE Republican.
No Ron, they’re American citizens trying to salvage what’s left of this great country.
Except that the two independents caucus with Democrats, which is where the 50-50 comes in.
Was that slide philosophical or preservation?