Next to politics my favorite topic of debate is sports and while many are debating their favorite 08 candidate, a few Republicans are sour graping about 06, and some of us Patrick fans are becoming a little dispirited already due to the corporate donations of the inaugaral I am sure our mutual love of the Red Sox can bring us together during this holiday season. So most of us are probabaly glad that after spending $50 million of OUR ticket and hot dog money to just TALK to the guy, that they were able to make a deal with him and put him in a Sox uniform. And sure the numbers and stats are through the roof this guy will probabaly be worth it, but Im also sure there are some concerns that the transition from the Japanese game to the big leagues might upset his balance and change his game, or that as good as he is he wasnt worth it. The great debate for me though is the philophical one, paying ridiculous amounts of money to talk to a guy, outbid competitors, and buy him, isnt that what our great enemies do? Are we becoming the Yankees?
Is anyone else struck by this? Especially after reading Kathryn Jean Lopez’s fawning interview with Mitt Romney (HT: Jay), it seems to me that Romney is positioning himself as the guy to vote for if you want more of what you’ve had for the last eight years. From what I’ve seen, there is absolutely nothing in what Romney’s been saying lately (as opposed to in 1994 or 2002), whether on Iraq, gay rights, abortion, stem cell research, tax cuts, or just about any other issue I can think of, that’s in any respect different from current administration policy. Incidentally, current public approval of the Bush Iraq policy is a stunning 28%, and overall Bush approval is 36%. Yet Romney wants to run as George W. Bush. Isn’t that kind of an odd strategery?
Joan Vennochi points out the hypocritical things the Deval has been doing since elected. You know, corporate funding of unprecedented five day bender, Tim Murray schilling for Bectel lobbyists, non-disclosure contracts (and if they do disclose? – you don’t need a contract to remove them), and now he wants an out door inauguration. (Hey Deval, there is a reason the Super Bowl is never played in the northeast) Not alot being talked about here on BMG about that stuff. Then it hit me. Remember Clinton bombing the aspirin factory? Or the things Bush does everyday? Of course. A diversion. BMG throws itself on a grenade to keep the evangelical base (far lefties) staying the course. Forget about the real world. It is about the base. And BMG is the center of the base. Instead of the talk being “what’s Deval doing” it is “See, everyone is against us.” Or, is BMG jumping the shark with this childish tantrum complete with a demand for a pound of flesh? P.S. If you like this post please reccommend it. That will keep it on the front page.
Over the last few days there’s been a lot of discussion about the negative aspects of Deval’s inaugural plans, primarily the cost and whose going to kick in the money to pay for it. I’m afraid in the process we’re losing sight of the many positive features of the plans. Let’s try to look on the bright side for a moment. Here’s a list of things I think are good about the weekend.
Too funny to miss. Courtesy, as always, of Ben — who, incidentally, appears to have swung back into action lately! Merry Christmas Happy Holidays Joyous Festivus Have a good one, Willard.