In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I comb through the new paperback edition of Mitt Romney's "No Apology" and discover that he has rewritten two sections.
Those changes, along with the new, very Tea Party-pandering introduction, suggest that the 2010 elections have taught Romney that he can't get away with running a safe, centrist campaign.
For those who hoped that Sarah Palin might make herself into a serious political figure -- and I count myself among them -- perhaps nothing has been more disappointing than seeing her turn her "mock-first-ask-questions-later" attitude toward the environment.
Last night, in her speech at the Young America's Foundation celebration of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday (in which, incidentally, she maintained her silence on events in Egypt), Palin said that Reagan, were he alive today, would be howling in agony at what has happened to California.
In a couple of weeks, the much-anticipated Scott Brown memoir comes out, titled "Against All Odds." That got me to wondering, what 1980s movie titles would be appropriate for the story of other Massachusetts political figures or institutions?
I posed the question on Twitter, as one of the "hashtag games" (#MApoli80smovies) you may have heard about.
In the new issue of the Boston Phoenix – in print tomorrow, online now – I provide my first in-print rankings of the 2012 GOP Presidential candidates’ chances. You can read that here: The GOP’s Top Dog? It’s T-Paw, Not Mitt.
But that only has room for the Top 10, and my blog readers know that I’ve been ranking the Top 25 for over two years now.
The sliver of humanity who care about such things are currently fascinated by the resignation of US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, apparently to pursue a campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination.
The conversation has mostly centered around the question of why in God's name Huntsman would run, when his relatively moderate positions, combined with his late start and other factors, would seem to make his quest rather quixotic.
OK, I have not yet grabbed the new paperback edition of Mitt Romney's "No Apology," since I have the hardcover (which I reviewed last February along with my analysis of his 2012 remake) and I could read the new introduction online.
But now I'm going to have to get the paperback, so I can go through and see if he's altered the text from the original.
Back in the early days of the Barack Obama presidency, when speculation was rampant that Deval Patrick would head to Washington for a post, a well-informed insider type speculated to me that Patrick could be named US Ambassador to China. Didn't happen -- it went to (Republican) Jon Huntsman of Utah. Well, Huntsman just resigned, supposedly to launch a Presidential bid.