A little Monday addendum to the Joke Revue. Borowitz: Libyan Madman Turns Up in New Hampshire CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report) – The mystery surrounding Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts was resolved today as the dictator announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire. In announcing his candidacy, the Libyan madman joins a Republican field which is believed to number in excess of seven hundred candidates. While some New Hampshire Republicans seemed surprised to see Col. Gaddafi shaking hands and kissing babies at the Concord town hall, an aide to the Libyan strongman said his transformation to GOP candidate made perfect sense. Read the whole thing here.
Ten Questions About Life, Politics, Elizabeth Warren, Bob DeLeo, Puddy Brown, Menino, Michelle McPhee, J Geils, and BMG
1. What if after this “listening tour” Elizabeth Warren decides not to run? A woman has the right to choose you know? 2. How long after the November election will the talk be about Mayor Menino running for four more years? 3. If Menino doesn’t run how will the poor fella spend his days? Wal-Mart greeter? I’d put money early on he runs again.
Everyone knows that Scott Brown is expected to win over 100 percent of the vote in 2012 and bolster his Tea Party base with a landslide of Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, and Green Party votes. Nonetheless, it is astounding that his designer-label $10 million dollar campaign team managed to let this video online, unless they’ve reached the point where they are just having fun with the voters in a 41-17 with under three minutes to go kind of way (and who could blame them). Brown warms up by comparing himself, a former town property assessor and Big Government employee of almost 20 years standing, to a “wet blanket.” He closes by sharing his “biggest problem:” he doesn’t know what’s next. Leadership: pass it on. And all this from his own campaign. A Tea Party Senate win in a Massachusetts special election: $11.08 million. Scott Brown for Senate 2012: priceless.
He is apparently running for US Senate from MA. Politics1 identifies him only as an attorney. His website is currently like Elizabeth Warren’s – a single page on which to sign up for forthcoming information.
The Lowell Spinners are having a Scott Brown bobble-head doll night tonight. He is scheduled to be in attendance in his Saab Ford Pick-up. Rounding out the Bobble Head schedule is the return of Sen. Scott Brown Bobble Head Night, August 22. The senator, who is scheduled to be in attendance, will be honored in his iconic Ford pick-up truck Gag. The folks at Mass Uniting, are starting an ad campaign tonight and will play through the week which shows why a bobble-head is a perfect symbol for Scott Brown. Mitch McConnell got his money’s worth from his bobble-head, shipping jobs overseas, slashing medicaid and social security, ending benefits for out of work Massachusetts residents, gutting job training assistance and eliminating youth job programs that he directly benefited from in his youth.
MASSterList: Kerry set to go on debt panel – E. Warren’s history of feisty quotes – Palmer looks to shut down new lodging in anticipation of casino
SUPER FRIENDS: The Globe takes a look at how Sen. John Kerry, International Man of Intrigue, will do fighting with the GOP and tea partiers over domestic cuts on the debt super committee. ONE BASKET: With the gambling debate just around the corner, Casino-ready Palmer is considering stopping any new lodging from being built before a massive resort casino can be. (Republican) WARRIN’: The Herald catalogs some feisty Elizabeth Warren quotes. Expect more to come. Read the rest of the MASSterList, including the Mitt Monitor, today’s legislative headlines, transportation news, new health care headlines, today’s Best of the Blogs and more by signing up for daily email alerts.
Well at least his campaign strategy. Never underestimate those that have risen to power and their ability to win… Here is a very interesting blog post on his campaign from the New York Times - Rick Perry’s Scientific Campaign Method
When last we met, it was to discuss a Big Idea that the Obama Administration might apply to get some job creation going, despite a difficult Congress; the Big Idea was to look at the “Buy American” provisions that exist in our laws, regulations, and Executive Orders and see if we could practice a bit of “jobs arbitrage” by not just meeting the “Made in USA” requirements when governments across this country make purchases, but exceeding them. (As it stands today, pretty much any “good or service” with more than 50% Made in USA content qualifies as a Made in USA purchase, even if 49% of the “good or service” comes from somewhere else). At the time, I told you that if all went well we could look forward to comments from both Labor and the Administration as to the practicality of the Big Idea, and as it turns out I have comments for you that hit close to that mark – and a bit more besides: On Saturday I just happened to bump into Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09); in the course of that conversation I told him what we’re doing here, and he wanted to offer a few thoughts [...]
Congressional redistricting tea leaves suggest Stephen Lynch and William Keating will get placed together. However, this doesn’t really make sense from a geographical perspective. Why? Well, currently there are four districts (MA-03, MA-04, MA-09, MA-10) dividing Southeast Massachusetts. In order to keep all incumbents in their districts, any map of Massachusetts will have to have districts that run down from Boston Metro to SE Massachusetts. If MA-09 is eliminated, MA-10 will have to pick up the slack by adding part of MA-09′s portion of SE Mass, rather than adding area to the north. Hence, I drew a Democratic gerrymander that eliminates Lynch while keeping every other incumbent in their district, and Capuano’s district replaces Lynch’s in the cracking of Southeast Massachusetts. While a gerrymander may seem offensive, there is a strong likelihood that Beacon Hill will draw a contorted congressional map. The proof is in the pudding: just look at the current congressional map, with Richard Neal’s tail up into Northampton, or Barney Frank’s tentacle down into Southeast Massachusetts. Clearly gerrymandering is an option in order to keep incumbents in their districts and all districts Democratic. While many have suggested getting rid of Lynch by feeding him to Sonia Chang-Diaz, [...]