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  1. One problem with the argument (3 Replies)

    that the Olympics will force us to the fix the T is that we’d be bidding for a summer Olympics. So the specifically cold weather problems, like switches that freeze, motors that short out when they come into contact with snow, and inadequate snow removal equipment, don’t seem likely to be a priority. In fact, they could be back-burnered in favor of more summer-specific issues, like making sure that air conditioning works. I mean, I’m all for good A/C, but the damn thing has to work in the winter too.

  2. This is a BS comment. (3 Replies)

    (a) I am not “rooting for failure.” Those are your words, and they are false. I have always been, and remain, skeptical.

    (b) As with most polling, the key point is not the horserace number, though that is obviously bad for Boston 2024. The key point is the movement, which is unmistakably against the Olympics.

  3. Not every district (1 Reply)

    but not more than a quarter of the signatures can be from any one county.

  4. Because they were going bankrupt (3 Replies)

    and because they were managed by total incompetents.

  5. Personally, (2 Replies)

    I doubt Baker wanted Scott to leave. Her unexpected departure is another headache for him, and gives him ownership of the whole thing sooner than he probably wanted it.

  6. "I don’t think most people share your view that he’s currently screwing up." (1 Reply)

    I think that’s probably true. At this point, it’s hard to blame Baker for the ongoing failure of the MBTA. But he’s got to get through the winters of 2016 and 2017 before running for reelection. And if the MBTA behaves in those winters the way it’s behaving now, people will indeed blame him. And rightly so.

  7. This is one of the GOP's cleverer strategies. (2 Replies)

    But it’s a fraud, of course. In the GOP’s view, there is never a good time to raise taxes. But “not right now” is a much easier political case to make: “never” is more complicated, but “not right now” lets you say, well, the economy is still struggling, etc. etc. Anti-tax Dems like DeLeo have adopted the same strategy.

  8. Please folks, (3 Replies)

    take the rhetoric down a couple of notches. Phrases like “downright stupid” don’t help advance anyone’s argument.

  9. "She must have had input into Baker’s decision to keep state offices open on Monday" (2 Replies)

    Unlikely that a transportation secretary could overrule Chief of Staff’s office and others on whether to keep state offices open. She may well have advocated for closing; we’ll never know.

  10. "why we compare so unfavorably to other countries" (1 Reply)

    Oh for heaven’s sake. You think kids in other countries don’t skip school to watch their favorite teams play a big game, or celebrate their big win? We like our sports here, but it’s nothing compared to soccer-mania in other countries, as just one example.

  11. Really? (0 Replies)

    First of all, I don’t think “acuity” is easier to say than “toughness.”

    But second, “mental toughness” to me means the ability to think quickly and clearly even in the presence of an enormous amount of distraction and pressure. That is not quite the same as any of the other words and phrases you suggest. I don’t have a problem with it.

  12. Pretty sure there's no touchback under any circumstances on this play (1 Reply)

    As I read the rules (section 5, “Safety”), if a defender intercepts a pass outside the end zone and then momentum carries him back into the end zone where the ball then goes dead (e.g., the intercepting player is tackled), the intercepting team gets the ball at the spot of the interception (in this case roughly the 1 yard line), not at the 20. A touchback only occurs when the ball is actually caught in the end zone.

  13. "Butler should have knelt down in the end zone" (2 Replies)

    That is what I originally thought as well. But it’s wrong! Butler did exactly the right thing. If you look carefully at the video, you can see that Butler actually caught the ball outside the end zone – one foot clearly lands outside the goal line, and the other might have landed right on the line. His momentum then carries him into the end zone. So if he takes a knee there, the best case is that the Pats get the ball where he caught it (on the 1-yard line), and the worst is that the Seahawks are awarded a safety (I think it depends on how the refs see the play). In any event, no touchback, so trying to run it out was the right thing to do. Brilliant.

  14. TBD (0 Replies)

    The procedures and requirements for statewide vs local (nonbinding) ballot questions are quite different, and AFAIK those interested in a ballot question have not made any decisions.

  15. From what I hear, (1 Reply)

    there is an enormous divide between Romney’s personal and professional personas. He obviously loves his family, apparently is a great guy to be around at dinner parties, etc. etc. But when it comes to business (whether private or public sector), to quote a prominent Republican who worked with him professionally, “ice runs in those veins.”

  16. "who won’t take the electorates no for an answer" (1 Reply)

    This is where I think you’re way off base, and it taints the rest of your argument. The electorate has said not a thing, yet, about the Olympics – indeed, that’s the very point being raised by those of us who’d like to see some sort of ballot question on the issue. So Falchuk didn’t win the race for Governor. Big deal. He’s not running for Governor at the moment, and if he were, I wouldn’t endorse him. My point is that by positioning the fledgling UIP behind an Olympics ballot question, he is likely to raise the profile of that party way beyond what it otherwise would be – and, simultaneously, advance a cause (a ballot question for the Olympics) that a lot of people think is a good idea (around 75% in the last poll, if memory serves).

    I think you’re conflating “getting in bed” with Falchuk with thinking that he is onto something on this issue. They’re not the same.

  17. "what is your gambit here?" (1 Reply)

    I really don’t understand the bulk of your comment. I’m not making a gambit, as far as I can tell. Falchuk is, or at least will be once he commits a lot of his own money to this cause, which he seems likely to do.

    As for your analogies to Lively and Howell, well, if Lively were to take the tack you describe, it would fail because there is no discernible public support for his position. So, not brilliant. Howell’s strategy was closer, but she didn’t have the financial resources that Falchuk has, and she miscalculated by going all-in on income tax repeal instead of reduction. So, also not brilliant. Moreover, neither of them was simultaneously engaged in an effort to stake out a position for a new political party. And I do think it’s quite clever of Falchuk to wrap the Nolympics flag around UIP, for the reasons described in my post.

    You can of course disagree with my characterization of what Falchuk is up to as “brilliant,” but do try not to attribute malicious motives to everyone who might disagree with your own take on things.