I posted my first rankings of the Republican Presidential field two years ago, and frankly I'm surprised at how little my thinking has changed since then -- other than the realization that Mark Sanford is not going to be the party's nominee after all.
In large part, little has changed because the race has been so slow to get going.
Michael Graham seems disappointed that I -- one of the climate kooks' "know-nothing liberal/greenie allies" didn't spank him hard enough in response to his recent warming-denial column in the Herald. Well, perhaps it's my weenie progressivism, but I don't believe that slow-witted children should be beaten for their ignorance.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I use our "year ahead" issue to look at the very new Republican landscape in New Hampshire, awaiting the 2012 Presidential candidates.
Those candidates will be spending 2011 sucking up to influential Republicans in the Granite State, naturally.
It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at twitter.com/dbernstein), and use it for a variety of purposes: breaking bits of political news; passing along news or commentary of interest; linking to my articles and blog posts; offering brief observations and commentary; interacting with readers and political junkies; and of course, cracking humorous one-liners.
Radio talkmeister Michael Graham of WTKK -- whose show I enjoy participating in as an occasional guest -- is wrong-headed on many things, but today in his Boston Herald column he takes easy whacks at climate change science, and that's a topic where I often feel the need to call out conservative commentators.
It's fun and easy for climate-change skeptics to do this kind of column.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at what may have been, surprisingly, the biggest political story of the year in Massachusetts: the probation patronage scandal.
I suggest that the ramifications of that scandal, while still very much unknown, could very easily turn out to be bigger than most folks on Beacon Hill realize.
A year ago, I wrote about the best-selling conservative books of 2009 (article here, reviews here). I suggested that Obama's victory had been great for what I call the "movement conservative marketplace," helping produce a record number of top sellers.
I have also argued that anybody interested in following Republican politics -- including the likely actions of the coming GOP-controlled House of Representatives, and the 2012 Presidential nomination process -- needs to keep abreast of what's in the top-selling conservative books, as well as what's being said on conservative talk radio, television, web sites, and elsewhere.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I take a look at the Chuck Turner expulsion, the Cure Lounge incident, the NAACP-Boston election, the recent elections of several black officials, the coming Urban League and Blacks In Government conventions, and more... all in the context of wondering whether Boston might be ready to shed its image as a hostile environment for the black professional middle class?
Mitt Romney has an op-ed in today's USA Today, criticizing the big tax deal working its way through Congress. This puts him at odds with Tim Pawlenty and other potential Presidential prospects, who have criticized portions but said that the overall compromise is worth passing. The Senate in fact passed the bill overwhelmingly yesterday; dark-horse ultra-conservative Jim DeMint was one of only five Republicans to vote no; potential Prez challenger Jim Thune of South Dakota voted yes.
I'm only halfway through Sarah Palin's new book -- spoiler alert: Hollywood, academia, media and progressives hate America -- but I just have to pass along my favorite passage so far.
...And then I came across something written by an American who knew a little something about adversity: Helen Keller. She wrote, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a small item about the newly elected GOP US House members blowing off this week's highly esteemed Harvard JFK School IOP Conference for newly elected US House members. Good enough for Boehner and Cantor when they were freshmen, but not this crop.