The Boston Globe endorsed challenger John Connolly, and only John Connolly, for at-large city councilor today, refusing to endorse any of the four incumbents. Ouch!
The Herald is a bit more predictable, endorsing three Irishmen (Connolly, Michael Flaherty, and Steve Murphy) and dissing the two progressive minorities.
The Family Research Council's big "Values Voter Summit" in DC this weekend included a straw poll, which Romney won in a squeaker over Mike Huckabee. Huckabee was the clear favorite of those actually in attendance -- beating Romney 488 to 99 in the ballots cast on-site, according to a Chicago Tribune report -- while Romney made up the difference among FRC members who voted online.
Based on preliminary, unofficial data:
1. A poll taken immediately after the primary had Tsongas at 51%; she appears to have ended there. Exactly as in the primary, she never gained a vote along the way; never convinced an undecided voter.
2. Tsongas won because of a liberal upper-middle-class suburbia vote; aka an Acton/Concord/Sudbury/Wayland vote; aka a Middlesex vote; aka a Cambridge-extension vote.
Niki Tsongas eked out her victory today; I'll hold off on analysis until I know a little more, but for now congratulations to her and her campaign team, and a nod to Jim Ogonowski and his team for making it close.
I've long thought it is inappropriate for the Boston Police Department's communications folks to try to put funny headlines on stories on their blog (BPDNews.com) -- for two reasons: A) it's not right for the agency processing the accused to publicly mock them, and B) this is the same forum where they're also reporting stories of people traumatized, injured, or worse.
To tell you the truth, the most annoying thing about this bruhaha so far, to me, was Donny Deutsch going on the Today Show this morning to talk about how the media should all stop paying attention to Ann Coulter. Hmmm... maybe Step One should be that we should stop paying attention to Donny Deutsch talking about the need to stop paying attention to Ann Coulter.