It was such a mild, pleasant day that even the locals have been remarking on it. Usually, the nation's first primary is conducted in an atmosphere of bitter cold and blankets of snow.
Supporters of each of the candidates turn out in what amounts to a party atmosphere for some. Politics is like a sporting event to them. Their ultimate goal, one suspects, is to influence reporters' coverage, since there really aren't any voters in the area. But the journalists only see them as they dart from the parking lot to the gymnasium, and there certainly aren't many interviews being conducted.
In all likelihood, the supporters are just out for a good time.
Scores of young people marched in a circle around the auditorium -- where the candidates will debate -- and the gymnasium, singing to a marching band. Some carried signs saying "Occupy Boston." They chanted "We are the 99 percent."
They were pretty much ignored by 99 percent of the reporters.