> Lost Liberty Hotel is apparently lost.
1) For those of us following this closely, this isn't much of a
surprise. Among other things, NH law itself already prevents the
taking of land for a hotel or other 'commercial' usage.
Even passage would have meant lawsuits and the end result would be the
same: no hotel.
2) This was a textbook example of why having 'outsiders' involved is a
bad thing. If you want to do things in NH, _live_ in NH. Don't
carpetbag. Don't visit. Move or stay out of it.
Move to NH and learn how things work here. You'll learn lots in your
first few years...
All of us here are still earning at the feet of the old hands who are
teaching us many valuable lessons.
3) Eminent Domain reform is far from a dead issue. Souter's house is
far from safe yet... :)
4) People who don't understand NH Town meetings and political
structure should stay out of the picture (see #2) (No really, see
#2.) One person who _knows_ the system and writes extensively about
it predicted this exact sort of outcome... but nobody on the 'hotel'
side wanted to listen... they 'knew' better. And got spanked.)
5) There was widespread support in general for the idea... but the
simple majority of those who showed up at the meeting prevailed.
Showing up is more than half the battle. This is the major lesson:
you might have enough supporters out there, but getting them to the
polls/meeting is 90% of the problem. GOTV. GOTV. GOTV. So long as
the Democrats and Republicans play this game well, they win. If you
can't successfully GOTV where you live (and I believe that's true all
over), it's time to move to NH and help us here... the more the