When Mitt Romney filibustered, during last night's debate, about the success of Massachusetts' public education during his term, the Prez attempted -- but failed -- to get a word in edgewise. In the interests of equal time, we suggest you take a listen to what actual Massachusetts students think about Romney's record on schools.
Waiting for last night's first debate between President Barack
Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt I knew these things: 1. Precedent
favors the challenger; 2. Romney was a better debater than most recognized --
or wanted to credit; 3. History suggests no meaningful correlation between
debate performance and electoral victory; 4.
never thought that I'd find myself at two o'clock in the morning,
hanging solo on a corner in uptown Charlotte, having two kind older
black women telling me to stop preaching about war and the prison
industrial complex. Yet there I was, one block from the Charlotte
Convention Center, hailing a taxi for two sixty-something Georgia
peaches who had missed the shuttle back to their motel.
Democrats were masturbating one another last night, pretending that
America is not at war and that the current administration is a friend
to all immigrants, about 100 wet and wild protesters hit the concrete
despite rain by the bucketload and a tough day in the streets. By
Tuesday evening, more than a dozen activists had been arrested
outside of the convention, including some immigrants' rights
picketers who caused a scene as delegates filed inside.
wasn't a conspiracy that more protest news didn't come out of the
Republican National Convention. There weren't utterly significant
events to report, let alone a larger bloodbath for journalists to
hang a week of coverage on. Considering the circumstances,
authorities in Tampa weren't all that unreasonable; the few arrests
that did go down could have been avoided if protesters heeded simple
requests from cops.
thing really resonates when this many Republicans convene for a
circle jerk, it's what a bunch of fucking losers they are. Not under
the traditional definition; I'm sure that the ex-jocks, cigarette
boat owners, and other Neanderthals inside of the Tampa Bay Times
Forum think they're pretty sweet, and have spent much of their lives
maligning those who are socially awkward yet smart, kind, and
2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions were all about
the bloggers. Mainstream reporters even wrote articles about their
scrappy young counterparts, who in turn provided some long overdue
alternative coverage to the mostly mundane quadrennial festivities.
Four years later it was Twitter that was red hot, though mostly only
insiders, reporters, and attendees took advantage of the service,
since it had yet to fully click with the American public.
Within an hour-and-a-half of the announcement that Mitt Romney was swinging through Roxbury - scheduled to talk about blah blah blah and whatever other bullshit at Middlesex Truck & Coach on Gerard Street - dozens of protesters showed up to holler at their former governor's motorcade. MassUniting was on the scene decked in their trademark orange t-shirts.
settling of Dewey Square was a big fat dysfunctional wedding, then
the current slog leading up to Occupy Boston's one-year anniversary
is a time to reflect on the shotgun marriage between this wide array
of Hub activists. Some tried to analyze the union on the honeymoon,
but a number of traumatic twists made that impossible.
en route to the Statehouse on some other business this morning when
my inbox blew up. Word was that senior Obama advisor David Axelrod
was set to rally with fellow Romney haters on Beacon Hill. Due to
occasional showers and nap time, I often miss out on micro-cycle
pseudo-events like this. But I was in the area anyway, so I checked
in on all the fuss.
promoting my Occupy book on the WRKO morning show with Tom and Todd
earlier today, taking calls and talking trash, when suddenly Todd
welcomes big time conservative cheese Andrew Breitbart on the line. I
don't think those guys were blindsiding me – I've always had
totally amicable chats with the crew over there – but I was
nonetheless taken aback.
small and somber group of about 25 activists gathered in the shadow
of the Hancock Tower today for a funeral on Copley Square. Dressed in
all-black, satirical grief filling their faces, the mourners –
representing MassUniting and likeminded progressive fronts – came
to sink a casket for the countless jobs that cease to exist as a
result of Hancock tenant Bain Capital's outrageously greedy practices.
Look, he's not releasing his taxes. OK? We all know that's just a Democratic ploy to make us hate rich people. Well, on second thought: maybe. HARHARHAR. No, really, sorry, South Carolina: he'll release them right away, sirs. Some of them. He thinks. OK: just last year's. But that's it, Florida! Unless you choose Newt! In which case: whothefuckknows!
MITT ROMNEY still isn't eager to release his tax records (last night he said he'd maybe let you look at them in April, but he's not ready to commit). And as everyone knows, it's not because anyone thinks he's breaking the law. It's just because Mitt Romney has an obscene amount of money.
That isn't supposed to matter, because Republicans aren't supposed to have an envy problem -- it's totally OK if some guy makes way, way, way more money than them.
Sports radio guy and notorious pants salesman DAMON AMENDOLARA breaks it down: RICK PERRY is the Houston Texans: meaning he has no chance. NEWT GINGRICH? The Baltimore Ravens: a long shot to win, has a shaky reputation, known for making bad decisions in the past. Broncos? That would be the Tebow-ish RICK SANTORUM: preachy, really conservative, and we're all ready for his exit.