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Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
Senator Ted Cruz (R Texas) is Running For President
his qualifications for office are few and may be summarized as follows, he is a graduate of Harvard Law, he occupies a safe senate seat from a state honeycombed with rotten boroughs and he hates President Obama with a paranoid inflexibility that is a continuing sugar high to the Tea Partei. This is ironic as Cruz is taking a very important page from the Obama presidential paybook, ergo not letting the enervating dust of the US Senate settle on him before goin' fer the gusto. Like Barack Obama Cruz has racked up two years in office...and figures "Fie On This Quiet Life Give Me Work". I doubt he will win, what thrilleth the Tea Partei definitely sounds like grating gaffery to the rest of the nation, but Ted Cruz could well push Jeb Bush to the right over the short term, his effect on Scott Walker will likely be negligible due to the Wisconsin Republican's recent and move loved wingnut bona fides. If I was handicapping this I'd pay closer attention to any movement rightward on Jeb's part regarding immigration or Obamacare....two topics that'll get lost in the din ere' long.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 
Okay so now the big idea on the part of the Pro Olympics Faction
is to gin up a ballot initiation that'll give a public stamp of approval to their bid for sponsorship before the IOC. We should have expected something like this given the bad publicity engendered by the project these last few months. Sad to say this might well be their path to success, gaming a ballot initiative or just buying the referendum outright is well within the comfort zone of almost all concerned...and believe you me, they have the money and access to the political talent necessary to pull this off. It'll be casino gambling all over again, the antis have a base but no money and that almost never prevails when it comes to a ballot question where one side has plenty to spend. All I can say is that I hope whoever is counter-bidding us is pushing in all their chips, free hookers, free crystal meth...whatever it takes but please Ghod let this cup passeth Boston.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
The Boston Globe very desperately wants
Senator Warren to run for President in 2016, they devoted a considerable amount of column space Sunday to the project. As a Simple God Fearing Democrat, I urge the Senior Senator from Massachusetts to resist all such blandishments. The Globe has never been a very honest actor in these situations, they depend on local democrats to enact liberal kamikaze martyrdom either in the presidential primaries or in the general election to provide front page news and in uninterrupted flow of fodder for it's famously second rate collection of feature columnists. In other words, its a win win situation for them, win or lose. So given that, Warren should give it a pass, she is doing superlative work in the US Senate we are lucky indeed to have her. And at the end of the day, it ought to rebound to Elizabeth Warren's credit to be taken at her word.... "No Means No!"

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Monday, March 23, 2015
 
Last week...
some fourth grade students from Hampton NH got a very rude awakening from the state legislature when an innocuous bill they had drawn up as a civics project was churlishly voted down amid a certain amount of insulting byplay...while the kids were watching from the galleries no less. Now...from the inception of the republic a certain amount of derision at the workings of congress and the various state legislatures has always been built into the discourse. Many a "Morning Zoo" radio jobber holds his sinecure secure on naught but making jokes about congress. But this incident up in NH, so very crude and so very...public indicates that in New Hampshire the constituents and the representatives hold each other a very singular state of mutual contempt. And indeed why not? The electorate doesn't authorize any salary for their representatives as they seem to believe nothing the legislature does is worth paying for, meanwhile the legislature turns in the sort of surly half assed work one associates with very reluctant volunteers at a church rummage sale. And so things spiral downwards, with no salaries on the line, the legislature fills up with the oddest collection of time servers imaginable, literally people who can afford to hold the job thanks to sources of outside income. Which is turn a huge downward driver in natural selection as well as a clear invitation to conflict of interest. I mean, it just says something about the overall quality of the representative body in question that a Fourth Grade Civics Project ends in a contemptuous dismissal, "Leave Us Alone, We are Working for Free" is the clear vibe here. In elementary school (if it is well run I mean) everything is a teachable moment and I just hope these children have teachers who remind them they are legatees of a great tradition future citizens and voters who can indeed get their reps to sit up and pay attention at the ballot box.
Friday, March 20, 2015
 
Kudos to Former Governor Patrick...
For heeding some obvious advice and declining any renumeration for his participation on the Boston Olympics Committee...its a small gesture but I will take whatever I can get. Y'know it occurs to me, that the core membership of said committee...Romney, Patrick et al, have more then enough brains, talent and connections to submit to the Governor a plan to fix the MBTA that might actually really work and have a chance at passing the legislature. Instead....the lot of them have gone whoring after the Brass Crown of the Summer Olympics...Sad...but smart people are oft beguiled by shallow shiny things just like the rest of us. But....from my perspective, smart or stupid, we as MBTA patrons and taxpayers SHOULD NOT have to shoulder the fiscal and physical burdens of the 2024 Summer Olympics in order to get the god-damned overclass of the state to do what they SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING ALL ALONG, which is fixing public transportation! I can put it no starker terms.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
 
As you may have heard...
The Many Wived Donald Trump is forming an Exploratory Presidential Committee. But who are we kidding? Donald Trump isn't getting elected President of Jack Shit, Omarosa has a better chance at this point and likely better polling numbers. Trump makes his living these days from "The Celebrity Apprentice" and various complicated real estate partnerships that amount to little more than Endorsement Deals that require little or no investment capital from him. Moreover if the rumors are true, The Donald is no longer a billionaire and might have to fundraise if he was ever serious about running for President...and what serious donor is gonna pony up for a gaffe generator like Trump? No...I say this is all Brand Enhancement, Newt Gingrich perfected the art of making money off of Issuing Presidential Noises every four years, there was almost always a new book or website or some damn tchotchke that could be piggybacked onto that process. No I still say the ones to watch are Scott Walker (who admittedly is gaffing all over the place but it's nothing that will register with electorate over the long term) and Jeb Bush (off to the usual Bush Family Slow Start). The rest are either weird, out of position or poor too register at this point.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 
"Scorched Earth Works"....
is my big takeaway from the Israeli Election yesterday. Netanyahu stayed "on message" regarding security, casually burned down his standing in the White House and promised to prevent Palestinian Statehood, and just as I predicted, he won. His opponents couldn't shift the discussion over to the very real economic issues in Israel what with all Benjamin's apocalyptic screaming 24-7....please recall John Kerry couldn't do likewise in 2004. But recall please my mantra going back to this blog's inception "Win Ugly, Govern Ugly", and believe me, Netanyahu "won ugly" yesterday a state of affairs that never ever wears well over time, just as Richard Nixon if'n yew don't believe me. So ahhhh...is Secretary of State John Kerry gonna get asked to address the Knesset as a peacemaking gesture? HA! Don't wait up for that one.

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