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[See also "Mrs. Warren Goes To Washington"]
Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo”
Cowan seem to be the happiest Senate delegation in the country.
Warren appears gleeful over the prospect of fulfilling her life's
work; Cowan, on the other hand, has the bemused and slightly
befuddled giddiness of someone who has won an unexpected sweepstakes.
I've been trying to write something about the end of the Boston Phoenix, but for fuck's sake I'm not going to stack myself up against Charlie Pierce, Susan Orlean, Yvonne Abraham, et al who can write circles around me. And besides I loathe writing. Hate every painful thing about it -- and meanwhile I'm already trying to write this goddamned feature, which now is going to get all huge scrutiny as the Last Phoenix Political Story, in the shadow of all the ridiculously good journalists who set the bar here.
The other day I slammed the generic content on the issues page of Michael Sullivan's new web site. Today in the Globe, Eric Moskowitz reveals that it's even worse than I thought -- it's pretty much all lifted from the web site of the last campaign Paul Moore managed, for congressional candidate Richard Tisei.
I video-bomb the hell out of the new Gabs Gomez video. At one point you can see me checking my email and Twitter instead of paying attention to him.
Actually, I waspaying attention; I was checking his speech as he was giving it against the prepared version emailed to me by the campaign. As I noted in my blog post afterward, he skipped large chunks of the prepared speech (hence my rapid scrolling that you see).
I hate to start off so early in the cycle blasting campaigns as utterly incompetent and drowning in stupidity, but this is just a staggering piece of idiocy that I need to scream about.
You see, Michael Sullivan's web site went live today, and I went straight to the issues page. I have combed through it three times now (yes, this is how I spend my Sundays) and I cannot find one single thing that would distinguish this as a campaign taking place in Massachusetts.
In recent years, all four major local sports teams have won their championships -- and with it, the league trophies. I frequently see pictures of pols, staffers, and other Massachusetts political folks taken with one or another of these precious items, some of which have made it into the state house and various town halls and so on.
[Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, 3/7, but apparently I did something wrong, so I'm posting Friday]
We've been hearing a lot recently about alleged overzealousness of
the Department of Justice, following the suicide of activist Aaron
Swartz. The attention and scrutiny is good; but it needs to also come to
bear in cases with less sympathetic figures receiving the questionable
US Senator Rand Paul ranted for over three hours on the Senate floor today, in a filibuster protesting the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA; he would have gone longer, but fellow Republican Mike Lee decided to tag in to help, and then Democrat Ron Wyden took a turn. It ain't just liberty-minded folks on the right who have problems with the drones you know.
Middlesex County sheriff Peter Koutoujian has tipped his hand: an eagle-eyed friend of Talking Politics alerts me that the domain name Koutoujianforcongress.com was registered over the weekend, by the sheriff's committee director and campaign manager Tsoleen Sarian.
Koutoujian lives in Waltham, which is in Ed Markey's 5th congressional district.
I recently noted that I like pictures of Massachusetts politicians reading to kids in a classroom. Well, yesterday was some sort of Read Across America day (Springfield's own Dr. Seuss's birthday is today), and my the photos are so good, and so numerous, I've started a site: mapolireadingtoclass.tumblr.com/. (And BTW my other one, mapoliwithanimals.
There's a story starting to spread that Stephen Lynch is the only member of the Massachusetts delegation who did not sign an amicus brief, from the lion's share of congressional Democrats, against the Defense of Marriage Act.
It's true. And the excuse given, that some e-mail glitch must have kept his staff from receiving the information, sure sounds a little fishy, right?
Kind of a big deal about to happen in the Massachusetts Senate primary: Lynch and Markey will address the MA AFL-CIO this afternoon, and then the executive board will vote on endorsement.
Lynch is expected to be close to the 2/3 needed for endorsement; but Markey, with support from teachers and AFSCME, probably has enough to force a no-endorsement outcome from what I've been hearing.
I think Republican US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez has gotten an unfair rap for avoiding the press and public -- it's normal for a candidate, especially an inexperienced one entering a high-profile campaign, to take a little prep time before throwing himself to the wolves. Normally, that's part of the pre-announcement phase, but in this case, thanks to Scott Brown's dithering, Gomez had no choice but to launch immediately and start gathering signatures.