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  • January 20, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mitt Romney, seeing disaster unfolding in South Carolina, spent much of the past week trying to mitigate the damage by pretending he cared more about the Nevada caucus than the SC primary. Don't buy it.

    Romney has been working on winning South Carolina since at least August, 2004, when he opened a state political action committee there (Commonwealth PAC South Carolina).

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  • January 18, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The picket line, that is. He'll do Jay Leno tonight, on the eve of the South Carolina and Nevada votes.

  • January 18, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    There's outrage on the conservative blogosphere over Jonah Goldberg's appearance on The Daily Show last night (mostly on Goldberg's home base, National Review Online). For those blissfully unaware, pseudo-intellectual conservative Goldberg has written a new book arguing -- I kid you not -- that liberal American politics and European fascism are one and the same thing.

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  • January 17, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Associated Press's Glen Johnson is a terrific political reporter, as everyone in this state presumably knows. He's been on the Mitt Romney trail for a while now (and much missed locally), and has written some pretty tough, negative pieces on the former Massachusetts Gov.

    Well, at a press avail today, Romney tried touting that he has no lobbyists "running" his campaign -- part of his newfound anti-Washington populism message.

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  • January 16, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In this week's Boston Phoenix -- on newsstands tomorrow, but online now -- I look at rumors that city council president Maureen Feeney is maneuvering toward a campaign for mayor of Boston. Also, Governor Deval Patrick is trying to get some high-priority items done before rolling out his budget proposal later this month.

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  • January 16, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mayor Menino seems pretty pleased with the way things are going on the gun-violence front, and certainly we should be grateful for the relatively low body count in 2007, of 66 homicides after two years in the mid-70s.

    But let's not kid ourselves. Certainly not when, barely two weeks into the year, four young men, ages 16, 18, 20, and 23, have already been shot dead in Boston.

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  • January 16, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Sorry I haven't had a chance to blog about Mitt Romney's gold-medal performance in Michigan. It's a big win for a couple of reasons. 1) He slows the 'OK we're settling on McCain' momentum that swept the GOP post-NH. 2) He presumably blocks the shifting of his conservative support in South Carolina to Fred Thompson, thus probably dooming Thompson's candidacy.

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  • January 14, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    I recently wrote that you should look to upcoming California polls to judge the dynamics of the Democratic Presidential race going forward. Well, a new CNN/LA Times/Politico poll of the Sunshine State [Correction: Golden State, duh. But it gets a lot of sunshine, right?]. says that Clinton maintains a solid lead there over Obama, 47% to 31%.

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  • January 13, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    McClatchy/MSNBC poll in Michigan has Romney ahead with 30%, leading McCain (22%) and Huckabee (17%).

    Detroit Free Press poll is very similar: Romney 27%; McCain 22%; Huckabee 16%.

  • January 12, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    --Detroit News reports on a new poll showing Tuesday's Michigan primary a statistical dead heat between Mitt Romney and John McCain, with Mike Huckabee trailing. That's the best news Romney's had in a while; other polls (Mitchell Interactive, American Research Group) have McCain ahead there.

    --The State, the biggest and most important newspaper in South Carolina, endorses John McCain

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  • January 12, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    This has long been in the rumor/feeler stages, but today the AP reports that Jim Ogonowski really will run for US Senate against John Kerry.

    Ogo turned out to not be a very good candidate when he ran for Congress last year in a special election, losing by a solid margin to Niki Tsongas. He didn't raise much money, never gained a strong debating presence, and couldn't seem to translate his personal story into a campaign theme.

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  • January 11, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The other candidates, in their effort to destroy Mitt Romney, have decided it's time for the next phase of their strategy: ignoring him. They went after each other far more than in previous debates -- Fred Thompson aggressively pounded at Mike Huckabee, while John McCain and Rudy Giuliani pointed out a few "contrasts" between them -- but left Romney alone.

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  • January 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    In an online exclusive posted today on the Phoenix web site, I look at the Clinton-Obama war and say: keep an eye on polls from the Golden State. You can read it at Clinton and Obama: Watch California.

  • January 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    Too late to help Barack in New Hampshire, but just in time to embarass Kerry's former running mate John Edwards in South Carolina, Senator John "I'm Just As Important As Gore" Kerry boards the Obama bandwagon.

    Recall that Kerry gave Obama the keynote slot at the '04 DNC, right here in Boston, that launched the obscure Illinois state senator into national prominence.

  • January 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein
    The day after the Iowa caucus, I chatted with a woman in the Epping Wal-Mart, a Democrat who was undecided about who to vote for. She really liked all three of the top candidates. She said she had been leaning to Clinton, but was now thinking of voting for Edwards because she wanted to see him continue in the race along with the two heavyweights.

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