MOB SCENE

WHEN THE CAMPAIGN PRESS SWARM ARRIVES, CITIZENS BEWARE!

IT WAS A SCENE RIGHT OUT OF THE BIRDS. OUTSIDE the New Hampshire home of former state senator Barbara Pressly on a freezing winter afternoon, a lone cameraman appeared; then a second camera; then four boom mikes. Twenty minutes later, when the press was invited inside, 50 men and women with full field packs stampeded toward the front door. Finding myself by happenstance between them and their goal, I had a fleeting sensation of what General Custer might have seen in his last moment on this earth.

I was lucky. At a Lamar Alexander rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on All...

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