I've watched the candidates give their speeches, and now must mentally re-enter America while we wait for the straw poll results. I'm not foolish enough to try to predict the outcome of a vote as phony and rigged as this one, but here are a few thoughts.
--Mitt Romney was fine, but not at his best. He loves his family, loves Iowa, and uses strength against things.
Boy, you watch enough of these GOP Presidential nominee speeches, your brain starts to get a little addled. If I heard correctly, Mike Huckabee just wrapped up a story about her daughter asking why didn't somebody do something about the Holocaust, and used that story to urge the people in Ames Iowa to do something with their straw poll vote rather than just let the person with the most money to spend win.
In tomorrow's issue of the Boston Phoenix, I take a look at the career of businessman Mitt Romney, which has provided him a huge network of financially hefty supporters, but also contains nuggets that could haunt him on the campaign trial -- perhaps that's why the business-loving GOP hasn't nominated a true born-and-bred businessman since Wendell Wilkie in 1940.
Without fail, in the past three years, every time a prominent Boston Police Department official claims that violent crime is dropping, the city is quickly hit with a spate of violence. Never has the repudiation come so quickly and severely as it has following the August 1 Boston Globe article, "City's Crime Numbers Dive," in which we read the following:
The NY Times today writes about this new report from the US Government Accountability Office that takes the Department of Education to task for its ongoing failure to make sure lenders and schools are playing by the rules with student loans. The report says that DoE has handed down exactly two penalties in the past 20 years, which is truly pathetic given the number of abuses and improprieties revealed since the scandal began making headlines earlier this year.