en route to the Statehouse on some other business this morning when
my inbox blew up. Word was that senior Obama advisor David Axelrod
was set to rally with fellow Romney haters on Beacon Hill. Due to
occasional showers and nap time, I often miss out on micro-cycle
pseudo-events like this. But I was in the area anyway, so I checked
in on all the fuss.
shouting echoed past a swarm of day campers on the Common, and all
the way down to Tremont Street. It wasn't coming from the Dems
huddled on the steps under the dome, but rather a battalion of
conservatives who were hollering at high volumes. Outfitted in
sensible Brooks Brothers summer gear, a few fashioned bullhorns out
of placards and let the blue-collar sympathizers have it.
as rude and raucous of a scene as Beacon Hill has hosted in some
time. Voices get loud all the time up there, but not since gay
marriage and perhaps early casino debates have the tempers raging out
on Beacon Street been newsworthy. By the time that Somerville mayor
Joseph Curtatone grabbed the mic, the Romney-bashing on the menu was
no longer the lead story.
order to steal Axelrod's thunder – not such a difficult feat,
considering his reluctance to tongue-lash back when a reporter asked
about the hecklers – Team Mitt behaved like players on an all-boys
school hockey team whose coach looks the other way when they
cross-check rivals. Shouting buzzwords like “Solyndra,” they
acted exactly like the Dems (hopefully) would have if the situation
of this is bad news. Having covered wild protests for months –
while also watching the creatures of Beacon Hill avoid significant
conflict (not to mention meaningful dialogue on issues like prison
reform and transit funding) – it's exciting to see some
mean-spirited partisan action. Especially if it attracts more
caricature preppies than a golf catalogue casting call.
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