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Month October 2006

Kerry’s Lemonade

Yeah, so John Kerry appparently botched his punchline about how being ignorant leads you to make stupid mistakes like getting into Iraq. Whatever. But I gotta say, I disagree with David about the proper approach going forward: “Apologize and move on.” Well, it’s not that easy, is it? Sure, John can move on with a song in his heart, but do you think BushCo and their obedient hyenas will let that happen? “Right-o, old sport — take a mulligan. All in jolly good fair play and all that.” What do you think? So Kerry’s response has been the right one: Up the ante. Everything, but everything is an opportunity. Now the media’s paying attention to him, and now he gets to talk about Iraq. And after all, his gaffe doesn’t matter in the big swing of things. 103 American deaths in Iraq this month alone — they matter. A projected total cost of between one and two trillion dollars for Iraq and Afghanistan? That matters. Weakening America’s security? That matters. Consistently lying to the public? That matters. I mean, shouldn’t we be willing and able to go against the likes of Tony Snow? What the hell are we afraid of […]

DCCC makes $1.1 million buy in NH-02

I’m absolutely stunned with how fast things have moved here.

Within 24 hours we’ve seen a new Majority Watch poll indicating Hodes has pulled into the lead. We’ve seen Charlie Cook moving us from Leans Republican to Toss-up.

And now this, a $1.1 million DCCC ad buy in support of Hodes, dwarfing the ~$450,000 the NRCC is willing to spend to defend Charlie’s sinking ship.

Republicans Jack E. Robinson and Samiyah Diaz request support from BMG readers

Jack E. Robinson, Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District seat, and Samiyah Diaz, Republican candidate for the Second Suffolk state Senate seat, have both asked for the support of BMG’s readers. Robinson sent a two-page written endorsement request to BMG’s editors, which you may read and download here (pdf).  He starts off by pointing out that all of his positions are available on his website, and says drily that he “would direct you to Lynch’s positions on his campaign web site – but it’s been down ‘for re-construction’ since early summer and hasn’t been up since.”  That is, indeed, incredibly weak on Lynch’s part. Robinson goes on to note his often more progressive stances than Congressman Lynch on important social issues such as choice and gay marriage, and says that Lynch “hasn’t accomplished a single thing in his five years in Congress (other than bringing back some small earmarks for the District).”  He also argues that in the event that Republicans retain control of Congress, he’ll “be able to accomplish much more for the District (even as a freshman Republican) than Lynch will.” Robinson is scheduled to debate Congressman Lynch in Norwood on November 2.  Diaz left a comment […]

Kerry has finally crossed the line

You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well.  If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq. You have got to be kidding me. You have to wonder what goes through peoples minds when they say this sort of thing. A couple of things I don’t understand. Granted what Kerry said was disgraceful, but why did Republicans like Tony Snow have to distort the statement? This is not the kind of press you like to see before a debate. And what the hell was she doing talking about Iraq? This has not even been a campaign issue. Kerry, keep your eye on the prize and focus your negativity on Deval!

Fifth Middlesex Debate

Last night I got my first opportunity to actually attend a political debate, with (potentially) an office on the line. This year, four-term Democratic incumbent David Linsky faces a challenge from Republican Will Whittlesey for the Fifth Middlesex district encompassing nine of Natick’s ten precincts, all of Sherborn, and two of Millis’ three precincts.

A quick summary of the race: Whittlesey decided to get in the race in early May of this year, originally running as a write-in, then getting the paperwork together to run as an independant, and finally running a successful sticker campaign to win the Republican nomination for the seat.

The big issue on the line, and Whittlesey has admitted this was a chief factor in getting involved: same-sex marriage. Indeed, I’ve heard an unsubstantiated rumour that Whittlesey based an early part of his campaign from KnowThyNeighbor.org, using that list as a guidebook to local residents who are opposed to same-sex marriage!

Whether or not this is true, it gives an idea of how the campaigns have progressed… On the classic hot-button issues (same-sex marriage, abortion, 5.0% tax rollback) they are starkly opposed.

One interesting aspect I’ve noticed in the campaign is the demographics of the two factions. Linsky supporters are broadly derived across the community, whereas it seems to me that Whittlesey supporters are almost all in their 20s or 30s. I’m not sure what this says, but it’s an interesting tidbit.

The debate was taped, and should air on local access in the three communities sometime in the next week, so if my description here piques your interest and you live in the district, you should check it out!

Disclaimer: I am a Linsky supporter.

How about a 30 day moratorium on 2007 fundraisers?

OK, I know it’s never gonna happen, but do we have to have a rash of Boston City Council fundraisers right after the November 7 election.  To wit: Steve Murphy, November 8 (now, he did labor for Deval, so I’ll help him, but …) Sam Yoon, November 9 A couple of Mike Ross fundraisers ….I think I got a Jerry McDermott one too. and no doubt more to come. Look, I love you guys and all that, but this has been an important election and many people have poured time, effort and dollars into the state campaign.  Give us a little break, please?  Put your people on the phones for Deval instead. Thanks, H. PS — did all the Boston Councilors finally endorse the ticket (I know Turner is Green-Rainbow, I think ten of 13 did endorse).

Documentary about voting machines

Here’s a link to informatin about “Hacking Democracy,” a documentary, to premiere on HBO this Thursday, Nov. 2, about the new voting machines, and their potential problems: http://www.democracy… If, like me, you don’t get HBO, don’t worry. There’s lots to download here. Janet

Kerry update: Iraq comment was “a botched joke”

Kerry’s had his presser on his misstep on education and Iraq.  Here’s part of what he had to say: “My statement yesterday — and the White House knows this full well — was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops,” said Kerry. Kerry served in the Navy in the Vietnam War. Bush was a member of the Texas Air National Guard during that war, spending his time in the United States. Cheney avoid Vietnam with student deferments. “Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how,” Kerry said. “I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy. “The White House’s attempt to distort my true statement is a remarkable testament to their abject failure in making America safe,” Kerry said. The “joke” (if you can call it that) that he meant to tell was, apparently, something like this: “I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” Senator, let’s just try leaving […]

Excellent Deval Article in The New Republic

Everyone should read this article. It’s one of the best I’ve seen anywhere.

Deval Patrick, machine slayer.

Mass Appeal

by Jason Zengerle

Post date: 10.30.06

Issue date: 11.06.06

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Patriot Ledger, which backed Cellucci and Romney, endorses Patrick

From DPHQ: In its endorsement, The Patriot Ledger breaks with its recent tradition of backing Republican gubernatorial candidates (Cellucci in 1998 and Romney in 2002) to praise Deval Patrick for his work ethic, his ideas and his resume. “He would bring to the governorship a range of experience that has allowed him to crisscross the state and make connections to people from all walks of life, people looking for a change of culture on Beacon Hill,” the endorsement says. The Patriot Ledger also praised him for building his campaign “from the ground up,” for listening to all voters, “regardless of their incomes” and for pledging to work on the issues that matter to them – jobs, housing, transportation and education. The endorsement also argued against the “vicious personal attacks on Patrick that ignored his 30 years of success in the private and public sector.” For the full text of the endorsement from The Patriot Ledger, go to: http://ledger.southo… Score.