Casper Weinberger has a column in today's Washington Post arguing that Barack Obama must come out more forcefully on the side of the Iranian protesters. He compares the situation to the Philipines election of 1986, which Ferdinand Marcos rigged to defeat Corazon Aquino -- triggering protests and, in short order, Marcos's departure from the country.
In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online today -- I write about Boston's progressive state representatives, and whether they have become part of the culture that enabled former Speaker Sal DiMasi to allegedly corrupt the workings of state government.
Actually, I put it in somewhat stronger terms:
Hey, I was right -- there was an election today in Boston. Aaron Michlewitz cruised to victory, and independent John Keith (who might have fared better had everyone in town not thought the previous vote was the final) took a distant second over Republican David Trumbull (who might have fared better had his web site not looked like this).
Club for Growth has given its May "Comrade of the Month" award to Massachusetts's own Ed Markey, and California Rep. Henry Waxman, for their energy bill.
I had previously noted that CfG seemed intent on reinforcing the old canards of Jewish and homosexual Commies, because its first "Comrade" award went to Barney Frank, who fits both stereotypes, and the second went to Arlen Specter (co-winner with with Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins), who is Jewish.
No, really, there's an actual election going on today in Boston -- for the state representative to succeed Sal DiMasi. Aaron Michlewitz, who won the Democratic primary, is expected to win, although given the anticipated turnout (I'm hearing it will likely be under 10%, or around 2500 votes) who knows what could happen.
I know, I know, I've been a bad blogger. So let me catch up on a few Boston political notes I've been meaning to post about.
--Tom Menino got a terrific, but a bit odd endorsement from the SEIU Massachusetts State Council. Terrific, not just because it represents a lot of Bostonians, but because it's a very active political orgacombined nization.
A month ago, I wrote an article about how the national GOP was likely to further alienate the Millennial Generation when the big energy/environment legislation started getting attention. I suggested that Republicans could provide a different, more fiscally cautious approach to the issue -- but that they would end up spouting insane warming-denial rhetoric instead.
Let's say that you love the Red Sox, AND you like Mitt Romney's son Tagg, AND you believe in a free and strong America. Now, at long last, you can combine the three.
Mitt's political action committee -- the Free and Strong America PAC -- is having a contest. Write a 250-word essay about "what a free and strong America means to you" (and contribute $50), and you could win a day at the park with Tagg, for the July 8 game, sitting in the "Romney family seats."
The counting and verifying have been done (give the city elections department some props for that) and candidates have been certified for the ballot.
Only the "Big Four" qualified for mayor: Tom Menino, Michael Flaherty, Kevin McCrae, and Sam Yoon.
Garreth Saunders and William Feegbeh both turned in enough raw signatures, but ended up with too few to qualify.
This should be fun, seeing how this one spreads. Yesterday, verifiable idiot Michael Anderews at Daily Tech, who I've written about briefly before, wrote up his latest stunning news item of scientific debunking of global warming. The headline on it -- "NASA Study Acknowledges Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Past Warming" -- is almost technically not completely false; NASA researchers indeed believe that solar cycles regularly raise and lower global temperature by roughly 0.
One of the great questions in political circles these days is about finding the pathways to influence voters, in an increasingly dispersed electorate. As I sometimes put it when I ask local politicos about this: it used to be that everyone in politics knew that you needed to win over, say, perennial ward captain Mrs. X on D Street, or Mr.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I take a look at how the GOP's dearth of prominent women may be hampering the party's attempts to oppose the Sotomayor nomination.
I have written and blogged before about the decline in women Republicans in elective office. But that decline continued in the 2008 elections.
Speaker Robert DeLeo has called a caucus of all the Democratic House members this afternoon, at 1:00, to talk about the DiMasi situation -- I'm told that DeLeo intends this primarily as a "taking stock" conversation. But, I'm also told that there may be some push-back from some of the more aggrieved members, who want some real assurance that DeLeo himself is not going to turn into a huge political liability for the membership.
According to the indictment, Sal DiMasi deliberately, knowingly, accepted -- nay, demanded -- thousands of dollars in payments from a company in exchange for DiMasi doing their bidding with the state government. So, I'm not sure why the word "bribe" hasn't yet appeared, in the indictment, in the US Attorney's press release, in the US Attorney's press conference, and in the media reports.
Here's the story; I'll try to get you more info.