Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lesser Knowns Revisited

New Hampshire is home to a number of unique political traditions. Among those traditions is the open primary, which allows any citizen with $1000 dollars to appear on the ballot alongside the incumbent President and his high-powered challengers. With platforms ranging from abolishing the IRS to pumping hydrogen economy to having no discernible platform at all, the lesser-known candidates, as they prefer to call themselves, use the country's biggest political stage to air their beefs with Big Brother and to fight for their share of the electorate.

My friend and colleague Nathan and I, went up to New Hampshire first in 2004, then again in 2008 to take a look at the process and see what that whole "Live Free or Die" thing was about. At the time Nathan was working at TIME magazine, where we were fortunate to have found an audience.