For the first time in nearly two years, I agreed to sit down for a full half hour TV show yesterday. You may remember that at the outset of 2013, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to refrain from television and basically I carried the pledge over into this year. I tend to be overexposed . At the end of 2013, I abandoned my own hour weekly show on Manchester Community TV (it became too much like real work), but even today, at least one out of two times when I’m in the library, the supermarket, or McDonalds (writing blogs), someone will come up to me and talk about my TV show...as if it's still on.
Apparently once one is on TV, one is never forgotten. (I did "More Politically Alert" for ten years providing "the kind of information you can't find anywhere else"). The only TV I’d done all the past 18 months was when I was so upset by Mayor Ted Gatsas shutting down stores for selling a perfectly legal product (Spice) that I acted on the urge to dash down to the Joe Kelly Levasseur Show to vent. Sure enough, someone immediately came up to me at McDonalds that night to say they she just seen the show.
When Concord Rep Dick Patten asked me to do his show (Around Town; I’m not even sure when it airs or on which station; one can always google it), I agreed, and it was a hoot.
Talk about a low key host, that’s Dick Patten. It was almost like sitting at home in your living room.
Not that I ever want to scoop myself (in this blog), but I made some news on the show…if anyone watches. I upped my prediction of Republican take-over of the New Hampshire House once again, up from 239 to 250 seats based on primary results which I’ve only alluded to here. Heck, Democrats could lose five more seats than I had originally thought in Manchester alone.
I predicted that while Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia would win the Congressional races against Carol Shea Porter and Annie Kuster this year, they would both lose the seats comes 2014.
As I’ve always said, top of the ticket matters, and Barack Obama, while not on the ticket, will be a major drag on Democrats up and down the ticket this year, but I suspect Republicans will alienate enough voters that the pendulum will swing back the other way come 2016.
Dick seemed to be pro gambling and while as a Libertarian, I support people’s right to waste their money any way they see fit, I felt compelled to opine once again that the New Hampshire House will not pass any gambling play next year, especially one which sends hundreds of millions of dollars to an out of state, yes, even an out of country, company operating a monopoly.
I managed to get a plug in for my top two issues—either decriminalization or legalization of marijuana and a simple bill that would stop making law breakers out of 90 percent of our population, raising the interstate speed limit to 70 miles an hour.
Dick seemed much more interested in government-sponsored railroads than I am. I pointed out how rail is big in Europe, but Americans still have a love affair with their automobiles, and I would only support railroads if users bear the cost of running them; in other words, no more government handouts.
That sounds like a consistent position for any libertarian to take; and I’m nothing if not a consistent libertarian.
The half hour went by so fast, I can’t remember what else we talked about.
Oh yes, I recall a bit of lamenting from both of us that far too many elected officials simply follow the party line rather than acting as independent sentient human beings, long a concern of mine, and leadership of both parties are equally guilty of coercion although it seems Terrie Norelli and her Democrats were especially guilty this past session.
I got the feeling Rep. Patten was not a Norelli supporter. Oh well, as Alexis said on Dynasty…cue up one of my favorite lines…”It’s all in the past now.”
I enjoyed the guest shot on Around Town (or whatever the name is) that I actually considered going back to doing my own weekly show…for about five minutes, and then sanity returned.
At least I don’t have to worry about my fellow citizens of Manchester seeing Around Town; it apparently only airs in Concord. That’s fine with me; I seem to be as overexposed as ever.
Chances are that within moments of reading this, others, those whom I’ve managed to say no to for the past 18months, will be asking again. My excuse, “I swore off TV as a New Year’s resolution” appears to be invalid these days.