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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    [by David S. Bernstein]

    I have one question to add to the discussion of why Healey lost:

    Why didn't her people make sure -- way before the primary -- that there was an independent group ready to run attack ads against her opponent?

    It should have been obvious that a candidate with her high unfavorables would have problems running attacks herself.





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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    First, the Turkey of the Day was unquestionably Hub Politics, which 1. insisted that the race would be relatively close and 2. reacted to Patrick's victory with overheated screeds like this:

    While there may not be a Republican in the Corner Office, today was not about electing change. There is no change. Today in Massachusetts, democracy killed democracy.


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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    W. just gave him the boot.

    Rummy's replacement: Bob Gates, currently the president of Texas A&M and a former CIA head under both George the Elder and Bill Clinton. What's more, Gates was an assistant and depty. nat'l. security advisor to George H.W. Bush, and is currently a member of the Baker-Hamilton Commission

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Quick snapshot of what various national web eminences are talking about today:

    --Josh Marshall warns that George Allen will try to steal the VA Senate election, if he hasn't already.

    --Andrew Sullivan calls for Don Rumsfeld's firing and wonders if Bush will tap Joe Lieberman as Sec. of Defense, thereby allowing Repub.



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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Call me sentimental, but Sheldon Whitehouse's win over Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island's US Senate race is the one Democratic victory I can't get excited about.

    I know, I know--Whitehouse's victory could end up giving the Dems control of the Senate. So what's my damage? First off, when I interviewed Chafee for an article on his Republican primary race against Steve Laffey, he struck me as this odd, gentle, fragile figure.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    [by David S. Bernstein]

    The cover of one New York tabloid blared “It’s Her Party” on the cover this morning, and the accompanying photo was of Hillary Clinton, not Nancy Pelosi. That was an outlier, even in NYC. Newsday put Pelosi on its cover with the words “It’s her House.” The Post said “Dems Clean House,” and relegated Clinton to a minor “Hill & Eliot Win” subhead.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Throughout his campaign for governor, Deval Patrick made a point of saying that his candidacy transcended mere politics. Thanks to you, he told audiences again and again, a political campaign became a movement for change.

    Last night, as he celebrated his landslide win over Republican Kerry Healey at the Hynes Convention Center, Patrick upped the ante: the existential revolution (my words) his campaign started could continue--would continue--when he takes over as governor.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    [by David S. Bernstein]

    When the Kerry Healey folks assembled the Republican Party luminaries on the stage at the Copley Place Sheraton ballroom, in preparation for her concession speech, there weren't many household-recognizable faces; what few remain in the party are distancing themselves from her as rapidly as possible.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    [by David S. Bernstein]

    Tonight's national vote seems to be, first and foremost, a massive denounciation of the current Iraq War policy. That would seem to put 2008 national Republican candidates -- like, oh, I don't know, Mitt Romney -- in a difficult spot.

    So, I asked Romney's mouthpiece Eric Fehrnstrom whether, given tonight's vote, Republicans and Romney in particular will need to reposition themselves on Iraq, perhaps even in opposition to the President.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Via Boston.com.

    I'd better head over to the Hynes.

  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Ted Kennedy's going to keep his seat, the Cable News Network is predicting.

    Stop the presses.

    Also, it looks like Kitty Harris A) won't be replacing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida and B) is officially the worst-dressed candidate of 2006. (Photo via Wonkette.)

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Here's what Brian McNiff, spokesman for secretary of state Bill Galvin, told me a few minutes ago about ballot shortages in Boston:

    "We understand that what happened was, some precincts ran low. They called in, and the Boston Police were shipping [additional ballots] out by cruiser. And anybody who is in line will get to vote, even if it's past 8 pm.

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  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    So says CNN, as of a few minutes ago.

    To understand why a Democratic victory in the Ohio governor's race would be a big, big deal, check out this New Yorker piece. Blackwell is bad news.

  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    So I get Boston's Election Department on the phone, and I ask what the deal is with the city running out of ballots.

    "Right now, I have no idea," the woman on the other end replies. "Everyone's running around checking in voters." (City Hall's the polling place for Ward 3, Precinct 6, you see.)

    So...do you guys still have ballots there?

    "You know, I'm just a helper here, honey. I have no idea."

  • November 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Just heard this from a reliable source. More to come when I have it.

    Until then, ponder what this could do to Deval Patrick's margin in the governor's race.

    UPDATE: The Herald (6:40 pm with a short blog post) and Globe (7:02 pm with a full-fledged story) have been on this for a while. Nothing on Blue Mass. Group yet. Also, nobody's picking up the phone at at City Hall right now.



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