The Chimes at Midnight
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Boston Globe is musing
that somehow Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's political cred was compromised by his on-and-off again thing for the defunct Olympics Bid. I don't think there is any downside to making The Right Decision, however long or by what route Mayor Walsh to got to said decision...The Globe doesn't get that because in it's institutional heart and soul they wanted the Olympics and couldn't care less the burden on the taxpayers, residents and commuters who'd have to put up with the damn thing. The Globe doesn't get that, clearly they are still stuck in a political social model where "community leaders" make huge decisions and private and then kid the public into acceptance passive or otherwise. It doesn't work like that anymore, thanks to social media we are all present and accounted for in real time to the big debate. And take it for me, this is pretty much a victory for the Little Guy over Big Money, I don't care how provincial it makes us look to Morrissey Blvd and clearly Mayor Walsh didn't give a rat's ass either when push came to shove. That is all the electorate cares about, results...everything else is snarky "inside baseball" of interest only to Boston Globe columnists who'll have to find something else to write about during the slow news months.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A couple of days ago...
The Reverend Mike Huckabee GOP Presidential Candidate asserted that the proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran was tantamount to leading the State of Israel "to the doors of the oven". Rhetorical overkill? Sure... A Feckless Attempt to Outrant Trump? Assuredly Another failure of leadership in the GOP? Maybe Not. I could I suppose snark on about "the lack of grown ups" in the GOP who might restrain the Reverend's vituperative cataract....but lets face it, the leader's are a perfect reflection of the base and the GOP base is the problem. The base of the republican party has become intellectually corrupt to a profound and is also addicted in the psychological sense of the term to vicious authoritarian rhetoric. and like all addicts the Base needs bigger and badder doses in order to get off....Hence Trump and now Huckabee soon the whole sordid miserable rabble will be both escalating and enabling a sick degraded addicted base. If you don't believe me, consider the case of Mike Huckabee he was once, "approachable" maybe he couldn't be persuaded but he was at least willing to debate. Famously in 2008 he claimed to be a conservative who was not "mad at anyone"....now look at him blustery angry righteous, a ranter amidst ranters. This is what eight years of slavishly catering to the debauched vengeful whims of the Fox News viewership does to a Man's self respect, its made Huckabee into a humorless enabler. The rot it seems spreads from The Bottom Upwards. So what we have here is not a Leadership Crisis, its really a "followership" crisis....and it's a bad one that will get worse as we rattle on towards 2016.
Monday, July 27, 2015
The Power of Money in this town just got blown right out of the water.... I take it back, Boston 2024 is finished! And thank ghod too! This is a humiliating setback for the local Overclass who'd been accustomed to getting their own way for far too long....a "Market Basket" class setback to be sure. And Kudos to Marty Walsh for dropping the hammer on this shit after certain amount of dithering...I'm rotten glad he spoke up, someone had to do it Governor Baker wasn't exactly a Profile in Courage on this one to be sure.
I think Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may have just busted Boston2024 in the head with a business end of a shovel.... In essence he just told a press conference that based on what he has seen so far he could not sign off on any financial guarantees to the USOC/Boston2024. Now that is not a ringing call to Pile The Bodies Up on the Battlements in a last stand to Stop The Olympics....but it's pretty indicative that the data and plans so far aren't beguiling the Mayor. And if they can't carry the Mayor along with them, then Boston2024 is in big trouble. Keep in mind Boston is the very last bastion of a "strong mayor" system, even the studied & qualified neutrality of City Hall can pretty much doom the whole damn project. Now I am really really curious as to where Charlie Baker is gonna land on this thing, right now given his money worshipping moderate GOP pose I'd always scored him as Pro Olympics at the end of the day. But then again, Charlie's first priority is reelection and a fight with City Hall over something as ephemeral as the Summer Olympics is not gonna help Baker towards that goal. So as I've said before our best hope in the "Anti-Olympics" camp is that the Governor feels nervous about the purely electoral impact whole proposal to back off however passive aggressively and hope the IOC takes the hint. In short we are counting on Charlie Baker's cowardice to save the day. *** On the other hand (because "no art form tracks it's own opposite" to quote Lenny Bruce), this has always been a town where Big Money Gets What It Wants and this is definitely a project that the monied classes just seem to love to death. But so far I have to score this heavily in favor of the antis, they've debated better they've used their resources better and imposed a heavy burden of proof on Boston2024....so far anyway.
Friday, July 24, 2015
In Case You Haven't Heard....
(amidst what I like to call "This Summer's Trump Din"), Jeb Bush's answer To All Our Problems is to "phase out" Medicare in favor of a Ryanesque system of vouchers. So yeah campaign 2016 is likely gonna be yet another debate within the GOP over whether to shoot Social Security in the Head or simple hygienically hang the whole program with a noose. I must say one of the unifying wingnut bona fides of the Bush Offspring is their nasty wheedling cajoling attempts to end Social Security
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ohio Governor John Kasich is running for President...
His current round of television commercials assert that he is qualified for High Office on grounds that his father was a much beloved Mailman. *** Yeah I know it's all about relatability and a comforting soft sell and evoking either a phantom sense of anesthetized monochromatic community or else imminent peril...there are but two campaign themes in the GOP after all. I'd rant on about the vacuity of it all except Sinclair Lewis nailed it in 1920 in his novel "Main Street" with it's "oratorical references to Pep, Punch, Go, Vigor, Senator Knute Nelson, Alien Agitators That Threaten Our American Way of Life, Manly Men, Womanly Women and Pointing With Pride".
Monday, July 20, 2015
refuses to rule out a third party candidacy for the US Presidency. Hmmmm.... I think, he is just playing hardball with the rest of the GOP warning them to "back off". I myself don't think Trump is serious about the third party run simply because I don't believe he is serious about running for the GOP nomination. I strongly doubt he has the stamina for the long haul nor (as I've said before) can he stand up to a serious intensive opposition research based investigation. Sheee-it the man generates nothing but opposition research every time he gives a speech. Like Sarah Palin (whose act he seems to have appropriated wholesale) the man is a "sugar high" and those sorts of candidates never last...