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  • December 14, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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.

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  • December 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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.

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  • December 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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.

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  • December 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Congratulations to Jim Marzilli for winning the special election yesterday to become state senator, after 16 years in the lower chamber. Is Marzilli now the biggest lefty in the senate? Or does that honor reside with his Middlesex neighbor Pat Jehlen? Other nominees?

  • December 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The National Review endorses our man Mitt.

    Not a huge surprise; they've been pretty fawning on him throughout. Gotta help a little, though.

  • December 11, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Will Jane Swift have her revenge on the man who deposed her? She's certainly trying.

    Tom Tancredo is so offended by GodVoter.org's anti-Romney Mormon bigotry, he just had to circulate the group's full comments through a press release today -- to denounce them, of course.

    Romney will get the "full Russert" this Sunday on Meet the Press, while Mike Huckabee gets the NY Times Magazine cover profile treatment.



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  • December 10, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Boston makes the top 20 "least dangerously drunk" cities, ranking 19th out of 100, according to Men's Health.

    Harvard's Kennedy School gets into the Facebook widget-writing craze with an application to help boost voting in Presidential primaries. And forget the inherent benefits of participatory democracy -- you could win tickets to a taping of the Colbert Report!



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  • December 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    [See update below]

    In his religion speech today, Romney cited the oft-told story of the First Continental Congress in 1774, at which an opening prayer was offered despite the objections of those who felt that those gathered were too diverse in their beliefs.

    In listing the various faiths of those assembled, Romney specifically said that there were Catholic delegates.



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  • December 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    As the Globe's Michael Levenson has astutely noted, Romney's "Mormon speech" later this morning will be quite unlike the John F. Kennedy "Catholic speech" on which it is modeled. Whereas Kennedy directly addressed a gathering of "skeptical Protestant ministers" (Levenson's words) at their invitation, Romney's audience will be hand-picked supporters.

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  • December 05, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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?

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  • December 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    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.

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