Today's quiz: What is the common theme between the recent Boston Public Library debacle and the collapse of the Boston Fire Department reform process, reported today by Donovan Slack?
The answer is Mayor Tom Menino's insistence on always placing his own loyalists in every position, everywhere, so as to keep total control of everything.
While everyone else was scouring the Mitchell report, I was watching the final pre-Iowa Democratic debate for you. I thought John Edwards did a heck of a job closing the sale.
Barack Obama and, to a lesser degree, Hillary Clinton, were also good. But I thought Edwards did an excellent job, sort of coming around the side of the two megasaurs and saying hey, I'm the one who's in this to fight for the people and the good of the country against the entrenched interests.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- out tomorrow, online now -- I analyze Mitt Romney's big "religion speech" of last Thursday. I suggest that observers have failed to appreciate Romney's cynical and manipulative use of the "Mormon card" to present himself to evangelicals as a fellow victim of a secular anti-religious elite.
Globe catches Romney still using illegal immigrants to care for his house. I am shocked, SHOCKED to discover that Mitt Romney failed to follow through on something after making a big public commitment to it.
In Romney's defense, I don't suppose he's been at his Belmont house more than what, ten days out of the past three years?
Despite the blathering about the Clinton supporter's question, the truth about last Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate was how unfairly the questions tilted toward the socially conservative right wing and other ideologically hard-line "movement conservative" issues -- just to take the most prominent example, the debate spent an inordinate amount of time on illegal immigration.
I've been out of town for a few days, so here are a few thoughts on what's been going on.
--When Tom Menino appointed a special commission to look into the need for reforms at the Boston Fire Department, many people wondered why it was needed, when previous commissions had looked into the same issue in the past and made sensible recommendations that were never implemented.