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  • September 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    As someone who didn't live here at the time, can you please explain how exactly Mitt Romney got elected as MA Governor? Looking at him now, he just doesn't seem to have the ability to connect with people.

    It's a fair question -- and as I have previously reported, the campaign became aware pretty early on that you can't make the electorate like Romney, so, as you imply, he had to somehow win without that connection with voters.

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  • September 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein
    "MicFinesse" asks the timeless and eternal question:

    What are the odds of Menino sitting this next one out? And if he does hang them up, how do you handicap the scramble to follow.

    Currently running 18:1 against. That also happens to be roughly the odds of Menino being too ill or injured to campaign. In other words, everyone believes that if he can run, he will run.

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  • September 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Happy Ask Me Anything Day! "CS" asks:

    Do people REALLY care about the E.Warren/native american thing? I was really shocked that Brown is bringing up such old, dumb news. Or am I in the minority?

    ...and "Deb" asks:

    Who are the people in Brown's latest ad?

    Deb is talking about the ad that can be seen here, which is the second from the Scotto camp since the first debate talking about the Native American controversy.

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  • September 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sure, now everybody's doing Ask Me Anything, but I've been doing it here on this blog for four years. So, all you political hipsters know what to do -- leave your questions in the comments, or email them to me at dbernstein@phx.com, and I will do my best to answer with fact, opinion, analysis, guess, rumor, hypothesis, prediction, or rant in posts throughout the day.

    I'm looking forward to it!

  • September 26, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK look, Mitt Romney was joking when he said he didn't understand why airplane windows don't open. But now the Romney team has created an entire television ad on an apparent lack of understanding of how a mute button works on a telephone call.

    To be honest, I don't understand why this ad is supposed to be persuasive to anybody anyway.

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  • September 26, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Scott Brown is pushing hard on Elizabeth Warren's work on behalf of Travelers Insurance and LTV Steel. She says that she was doing the work of angels; he says sez you; he also wants her to release a list of other corporations she did work for during her years at Harvard.

    The political analysis on this is pretty interesting. There's potential for significant damage, because the charges go directly to the heart of her entire candidacy: her claim to be a fighter for the average consumer against the big, powerful financial interests.

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  • September 26, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    So let me just see if I've got this right: Congressman John Tierney says that he will release his tax returns, but not if you're working on a story he doesn't like, that would use information in those returns that he has already verified.

    OK, just checking.

    According to the Globe, the Tierney campaign is all pissy about a story the paper has been working on, suggesting that Tierney's wife should have claimed money from her scofflaw brother has income rather than gifts.

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  • September 21, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "He's had a long day." That, according to spokesperson Jim Barnett, is why Scott Brown skipped the post-debate media availability last night.

    Turned out Brown still had the energy to not only do Dan Rea's radio show, but also go drinking at the Green Briar.

  • September 21, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    My book-learned brother writes today, astutely, about why the Romney campaign seems to be constantly throwing itself at ridiculous stories that are only useful within the movement-conservative marketplace (which he kindly cites me on).

    What he writes is all correct. It also seems to be true that Romney and his advisors -- or at least the ones who win internal arguments -- have a completely misguided sense of what types of message might resonate with the persuadable middle voters.

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  • September 21, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    OK, I'm going with "HesterPrynne"'s suggestion for what to name this new recurring blog feature, which I intend to do far more often. Today's topic: incumbent Democrat John Tierney insists on no debate questions about the gambling thing.

    The question is: should this matter to voters?

    The debate in question is being run by CommonWealth Magazine, and to my mind both the intent and the format suggest, to me, that it wouldn't be particularly appropriate to pose the question.

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  • September 20, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Something seemed off to me about Scott Brown in tonight's debate. Like, he hadn't slept, or was a little groggy from cold medicine or something -- that kind of off.

    He seemed, to me, to be having trouble concentrating. It was particularly noticable when he wasn't talking, which unfortunately for him was captured by WBZ's extensive use of split-screen.

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  • September 20, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Just an hour or so ago, Scott Brown suggested to the press that he might be unable to attend tonight's big debate with Elizabeth Warren, because he's stuck in Washington waiting for possible votes tonight. These would be votes relating to a continuing resolution, that is undergoing some wrangling.

    Well, there are no more votes tonight.

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  • September 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Elizabeth Warren's campaign outraised the Scott Brown campaign by well over a million dollars in the pre-primary period, which ran from July 1 through August 17; she has now out-raised him by $7 million in the election cycle, although he came in with more than that left over from his January 2010 Miracle On The Charles. So, although they have now spent pretty equally, he still ended up with a little more cash on hand at the end of that reporting period.

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  • September 17, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    The campaign story blowing up at the moment is a videotape of Mitt Romney speaking at a closed-door fundraiser, reported over at Mother Jones. Here is the part that is getting the most attention, with Romney responding to a question about how he will win the election:

    "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.

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  • September 17, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    The incredibly disturbing and far-reaching state crime-lab scandal has taken a major political victim today:John Auerbach, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, has resigned.

    Auerbach is a widely liked and respected advocate, who was previously Tom Menino's top public-health official in Boston.

    Governor Deval Patrick released the following statement:

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