Decency displayed: Havenstein's nice start
Politics has always been a nasty business. Today it is no nastier, though it might be more childish at times. Social media and 24-hour cable television have unleashed hordes of partisan bomb-throwers whose only objective is to do as much damage to their targets as possible. Honor? Decency? Those values are distant memories. The only value today is winning.
Havenstein has to know that he will receive no such treatment from the other side. Mitt Romney and Ovide LaMontagne said their opponents were good people, and in turn they were vilified as wicked men who wanted to inflict pain. Shortly after Havenstein’s announcement, former state Democratic Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan tweeted that Havenstein “may not know women have the right to vote in NH.” The New Hampshire Democratic Party tweeted that he “wants to unceremoniously rip health care away from 50,000 NHers.”