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  1. early Joke Revue (1 Reply)

    Borowitz is already all over this.

    Cruz Hopes To Tap Into Immense Popularity of Carly Fiorina

    In choosing the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina as his running mate, Senator Ted Cruz hopes to tap into the immense popularity of one of the most beloved public figures in America.

    Minutes after the news of Cruz’s selection leaked, political insiders called the choice of the wildly adored Fiorina a game-changer for the Cruz campaign.

  2. this isn't a recent development (2 Replies)

    As I mentioned above, the split I observed was well underway long before Mr. Gingrich first started taking hostages and way before our current crop of tea party types. The Dems have essentially lost an entire generation due to lack of focus on working class issues.

  3. it's not about talk, it's about action (1 Reply)

    I grew up right in the middle of a segment of this demographic. My Dad had five siblings, all male. In the early 60s, they were all reliably Dem voters because of labor issues. By the 80s, some were Reagan worshipers while others were still on the Dem side (my Dad was one of those to never go to the dark side ;) ). It came down to two things: Racism and a sense of not having the opportunities to get ahead that they had in the 50s and 60s.

    All but two are gone now, and I don’t think either of those uncles would be “reachable” anymore. However, I think people like some of my late uncles are – but not by some “outreach” effort. They need more than the usual rhetoric. They need to see results.

  4. respect or dismay? (1 Reply)

    I just have to pipe in here to note EB3′s continued skill to lob the troll bait at BMG and everyone’s gobbling it up. I can’t blame EB3 at this point – I actually respect the skill s/he employs in creating a shit storm every time.

  5. follow the money (0 Replies)

    In a way, I agree with both of you. The media (including the Globe) helped create the Trump sensation, with the bottom line being the reason moreso than any ideology or intent to push voters in any way. Trump has drawn eyeballs. Eyeballs mean money.

  6. not having issues w/ FF on Mac (0 Replies)

    Maybe it has to do with ads vs. no ads? I’m seeing zero problems with FF.

  7. I agree with Bob (0 Replies)

    Once Sanders drops out or Clinton tops the necessary delegate number, the Dems get no media coverage, especially if the R circus continues along its current path.

    It might save some money and allow for taking a deep breath (I’d appreciate that if I were working on the campaign), but there would be little to no press until the convention.

  8. SNL link (0 Replies)

    Worth watching.

    The Romney character’s best line: “We in the GOP, the party of the great Ronald Reagan, WE do not say racist and sexist things. We imply them! Subtly over decades and decades of policy.”

    Leave it to the comedians to put the truth out. Missing Jon Stewart…

  9. I DO know that (0 Replies)

    It was the “single handedly” nature of his statement that was causing the head shakes.

    I do agree on the format: The targeting of specific questions to specific candidates may make for better entertainment (which is why they do it, I’m sure) but doesn’t do much for evaluation.

  10. Kasich (1 Reply)

    I thought that Kasich had worked things pretty well his first turn to talk, drawing a stark comparison with the antics of the others. But then on his second at-bat, all of a sudden he’s personally responsible for the balanced budget and economy of the 90s? Huh?

    Never thought any collection of “candidates” could make Mitt look so good.

  11. Thought it was rich... (0 Replies)

    … Romney criticizing Clinton for supposedly abandoning core principals or Trump for changing positions. Did someone look over this speech first?

  12. just one question (1 Reply)

    Where’s the Blimp??

    I miss it.

  13. additionally... (0 Replies)

    What I’ve realized watching various news outlets over the last few days is it goes “we’ve talked about the Republicans for a while, now we have to talk about the Democrats”, or the opposite order. If there is no Democratic race, there is no reason to talk about Clinton. It’s all horse race at this point.

    The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, and having Sanders stay in the race keeps the media from full-focus on the GOP fight.

  14. just curious (2 Replies)

    Is there anyone on the committee that identifies as non-binary, and, if so, which type of seat do they take?

  15. well, actually (1 Reply)

    There were many reports of wind damage and gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range across the state from after midnight until 7am or so.

  16. no longer vote at a school (0 Replies)

    Our town moved three precincts out of school locations this year. 2/3 of the polling locations are now non-school buildings.

  17. born about 2.5 decades earlier... (0 Replies)

    … and inherited my politics from my Dad, a union carpenter. Although I have not held a union job in my life, I still consider myself a labor liberal.

    As time has gone on, what has passed for “Democrat” and “liberal” has felt to me like one of those chocolate Easter bunnies that is hollow. While there has been a lot of social progress, that has all been like outer layers of chocolate. The core, however (IMO) has been hollowed out and it only takes a little pressure to make the whole thing collapse.

    So it seems like Bernie should be a slam dunk for me, but I have been keeping my mind open. About the only argument I have left with myself is that I believe that, in the end, Clinton will get the nomination and it might make sense to get it over with soon and let the press focus on the clown show on the other side (seriously, did Rubio just go down the “dick size” hole today??).

    But I have to stay true to my core, and my core is economic and labor liberalism. So Sanders will get my vote tomorrow.

  18. Samantha Bee (1 Reply)

    Samantha Bee did a great takedown on Kasich’s so called “moderate” status.

    (Yo, editors, embed if you will…)

  19. off-topic, but... (0 Replies)

    See this for ratings of organic milk.

  20. Trump appeal (1 Reply)

    I think a big part of the appeal of The Donald is that a lot of people have felt for years that some (establishment) politicians need to hear certain things (or put another way, “be put in their place”) and Trump is actually doing that. People are living vicariously through him. It looks very rude when he interrupts another candidate in a debate saying, “WRONG!”, but who hasn’t said that to the TV during a debate?

    It doesn’t matter that he isn’t a viable alternative. He is doing something a lot of people have been waiting for.