The New Hampshire primary is in six days. With the eyes of the political world on the Granite State, I thought I would freshen up a piece I originally wrote in 2008 and then reprised in 2014. Here are the 15 things I truly, madly and deeply love about New Hampshire.
1 . "Patience" by Guns 'n' Roses once played twice in the space of 30 minutes on two different radio stations.
2. There are six direct flight between Manchester and Baltimore a day. Thank you Southwest!
3. The Caucus -- now Primary -- Beard fits right in. (Editor's note: 2008 was a very different time for me.)
4. On two consecutive days, thousands of people packed into Nashua North High School to see Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) speak.
5. Everything is under an hour's drive from everything else.
6. The Peddler's Daughter, a bar/restaurant in in Nashua, not only has free wifi but they gladly switched on a Republican debate when I asked.
7. Drive down one block Elm Street in Manchester and you see a group of Ron Paul supporters egging you on to beep your horn for support; drive down the next and supporters of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are doing the same. (Editor's note: 2008 was a very different time for everyone.)
8. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison -- The Fix's favorite power ballad of the 1980s -- played TWICE in a drive from Nashua to Manchester.
9. Tom Rath
10. The Fix car was once blocked in by the Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) campaign bus. (Editor's note: And, unlike Iowa, my rental car has never been stolen in New Hampshire.)
11. Dunkin' Donuts -- in the Manchester airport and everywhere else in the state.
14. Roughly half the state is in the state legislature. I am only sort-of joking; there are 400 members of the New Hampshire legislature -- or roughly one representative for every 3,000 residents.