Thanks to sco for an excellent post on recent TV appearances by DemGov candidates Tom Reilly and Deval Patrick. Both candidates are still speaking largely in generalities – understandable at this stage – but it sounds to me as though they are going to agree on most of the major issues (with one exception, namely, the death penalty – but don’t expect that to be important in this state any time soon, since Romney’s bill is apparently going nowhere, and even if Reilly is elected Governor I can’t imagine he’d spend a lot of effort trying to reinstate it).
The questions for Democrats, then, will be (1) which candidate will be the better leader; (2) which candidate can connect with and inspire Massachusetts voters; and (3) which candidate can beat the Republican candidate (IMHO less and less likely to be Mitt Romney). And I think that’s the right order for those questions. In 2004, many Democrats (I count myself among them to some extent) fell into the trap of thinking that "other people" – that is, people who might otherwise vote Republican – would vote for John Kerry, without thinking enough about why we should vote for John Kerry. I don’t intend to make that mistake again.
In related news, Reilly has continued to amass campaign funds at a record pace; this will pose a significant challenge for Patrick as money becomes a greater factor in the race. And sco offers this additional TV-related commentary about Greater Boston’s recent piece on Scientology. I didn’t see the piece. But I saw Scientologist-in-Chief Tom Cruise’s insane appearance on the Today show (Crooks & Liars has the video – watch it if you haven’t already). The guy has completely lost whatever marbles he may at one time have had. I especially love the part when host Matt Lauer asks about Brooke Shields’s experience with severe postpartum depression and the fact (that right – the fact) that she was helped by antidepressant medication. And before launching into a tirade about how she is basically stupid for not curing her condition through vitamins and exercise, he comes up with this: "ya gotta understand – I really care about Brooke Shields." Yeah. She cares about you too, Tom.
I dunno. According to this report, Katie Holmes was fourth or fifth on Cruise’s list of sweet young things – the first bunch blew him off. Who else thinks this is a huge, bizarre publicity stunt? And who else thinks that Holmes will bail out before she actually has to marry this nutcase? </celebrity gossip>