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  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    You know, when you stop and think about it, one of the things you should probably avoid when selecting a vice-presidential running mate is someone who is the subject of an ongoing official ethics investigation.

    I mean, when you put it like that, it does seem kind of obvious, right?

    The bipartisan Legislative Council has released its report, finding that "Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.

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  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the latest RNC anti-Obama ad, William Daley's black-and-white mug (above the words "political boss") comes right between Tony Rezko and William Ayers, so you know he's pure evil. So why did John McCain help make him Commerce Secretary?

    Politico reminds us that John McCain was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in charge of confirming Daley's nomination in 1997.

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  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Connecticut's Supreme Court has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples the same right to marriage as heterosexual couples.

    More to come once I get the decision itself. Meanwhile: congratulations Connecticut on joining us, and becoming domino #3 -- in either the fulfillment of the American ideal of true equality, or the decline and fall of American civilization, depending on your POV!

  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    I am on record from a little over a month ago predicting a 35-state win for Obama. (OK, I initially predicted 40 states, and backtracked a few days later to 35.) I provided some of my analysis behind that prediction, at a time when polls showed a dead-even race. Now, with the polls widening, many are sensing that Obama's victory might -- emphasize might, obviously much can change -- be sizable.

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  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    GLAD has put out an alert that the long-awaited decision in Kerrigan and Mock v. Connecticut Department of Public Health will be announced later this morning by the state's Supreme Court. Expect an announcement at 11:30.

    Kerrigan-Mock is quite similar to the California case in many ways, and as the time has dragged on (it's been 17 months since oral arguments) there has been much speculation about what will happen.

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  • October 10, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two years ago, I wrote an article suggesting that we were entering a period of Democratic Party ascendency in US politics -- a prescient piece of punditry that I like to remind people of as often as possible. In it I wrote about the likelihood of big gains in the US Senate in '08. As a sidebar, I ranked the GOP-held seats that I considered most likely to be taken by Democrats in '08.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have two articles.

    In the Talking Politics column, I look at how the national financial crisis could affect the political fortunes of some of Massachusetts's top political figures -- beginning with Treasurer Tim Cahill. After I put the article to bed, word came that the state pension fund has lost $8 billion this year -- half of that last month alone.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Like many regular viewers of the current season of the "Election '08" semi-reality show, I have enjoyed watching co-leading character "John McCain" and his crew trying to take down the rival gang's leader, "Barack H. Obama" with things like William Ayers, ACORN improprieties, and other devices -- and I have believed all along that those are red herrings; single-episode diversions (like the Russian in the snow on Sopranos!).

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  • October 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    On a conference call this morning, McCain economic advisor Doug Holtz-Eagin reportedly said that this plan could involve rewriting the mortgages for "literally millions of people."

    --Keep blaming the media. Matt Lewis sez that in the future, to make Prez debates fair, "For every Gwen Ifill and Tom Brokaw, there ought to be a Bill Bennett or a George Will"

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  • October 08, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'll admit I didn't fully appreciate this at first, but two wiser observers in my immediate circle did, and upon review it seems pretty clear-cut.

    The first question in last night's debate came from an older white gentleman named Alan Shaffer, who asked:

    With the economy on the downturn and retired and older citizens and workers losing their incomes, what's the fastest, most positive solution to bail these people out of the economic ruin?

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  • October 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    I thought both candidates did fine tonight -- except for how John McCain dropped a massive new policy proposal into the campaign (to empower Treasury to buy and renegoatiate failing mortgages) that will force his campaign to talk about the economic crisis for the coming days, and specifically to explain what the hell he's thinking with this wildly impulsive approach.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Since the Bar Overseer put forward the perjury charge against Dianne Wilkerson, several people have asked me about the post I wrote two years ago, when this charge also surfaced (coincidentally?) shortly before Wilkerson's election.

    It seems that some old posts do not come up in normal archive searches. I've tracked it down, and here's the link to it for those interested.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    A few minor notes before the great dialogue begins:

    --By my calculations, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today 10.8% lower than the day George W. Bush took office on January 20, 2001; the NASDAQ is up 1.9%, the S&P 500 is down 26.1%.

    --Credit where it's due: I read a fair amount of the right-wing blogosphere, and I have not once yet seen a single argument that the stock market is tanking as a reaction to the increasing likelihood that Barack Obama will be the next President, and investors know that he will be terrible for the economy.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Earlier today, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and incumbent Republican John Sununu had their second debate (sort of -- this was billed as a forum) in the race for US Senate. Shaheen criticized Sununu for being in New Hampshire last Wednesday, instead of in Washington, according to the account in the Nashua Telegraph:

    Shaheen fired back that Sununu spent two days last week campaigning that he should have been working to give taxpayers more protection in the bill's final version.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    You have until 5:00 today to sign up (nefinance@barackobama.com) for a big ol' Obama fundraiser being held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza tomorrow. The "Lunch With The First Ladies" -- minimum suggested contribution $250 -- is being hosted by Diane Patrick and Angela Menino -- and features quite a few big-dollar co-chairs and co-hosts who were once in the diehard Hillary Clinton camp.

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