There has – justifiably – been a lot of posting here on events coming out of Occupy Boston, in particular the confrontation with the Boston Police last night.
Nonetheless, the news marches on. Here’s a brief update on what else is up:
- The Republican presidential candidates had another debate tonight that was focused exclusively on economic issues. I didn’t watch it, but the consensus of observers whom I happen to follow on Twitter was that Mitt Romney did very well and was the clear winner; Rick Perry, despite supposedly undertaking much more strenuous preparation and getting more sleep the night before, did poorly and was the clear loser; and Herman Cain held his own, neither landing any big punches nor doing anything to hurt himself. Also, apparently Cain’s 9/9/9 plan got a lot of attention, which seems likely to keep Cain’s name at the top of the news, which is certainly to his benefit. The other candidates were apparently OK but didn’t do anything to change the dynamic of the race. So for a while, at least, it looks like we’ll be hearing about a two man race – but not the one anyone expected. Perry, of course, has a lot of money and seems likely to be able to raise a lot more, so he cannot be dismissed out of hand. But if he keeps turning in these awful performances, it’s hard to see how he can get his numbers up. If social conservative/Tea Party/anyone-but-Romney GOP voters begin to coalesce around Herman Cain, we could have a really interesting race shaping up. Don’t write this guy off.
- Scott Brown, and every other Republican in the Senate, voted to filibuster President Obama’s jobs bill. The bill received a majority of votes (50-49), but of course 60 votes are needed to break a filibuster, so the bill cannot advance. Yet another example of the Senate’s anti-democratic (small “d”) procedures at work. Too bad that, while those procedures are working, millions of Americans aren’t.
- The state Senate approved an amendment to the casino bill that would not only let casinos serve free drinks, it also would remove some of the “happy hour” restrictions that apply to all establishments that serve alcohol. (The Senate had previously rejected an amendment barring casinos from serving free drinks.) Let the good times roll.
- Red Sox GM Theo Epstein may well be on his way to the Chicago Cubs.
- And, in what may turn out to be an eerie echo of MI native Mitt Romney beating TX native Rick Perry in tonight’s GOP debate, the Detroit Tigers are leading the Texas Rangers 5-1 in the top of the 8th inning. UPDATE: Detroit beats Texas 5-2. Good night all around for Michigan; bad night for Texas.