weeks ago, I received an angry phone call from Cambridge and
Somerville State Rep Tim Toomey's campaign manager. It was both
deserved and expected; the week before, I'd published a deep and
positive profile of Mike Connolly, who's running as a progressive
independent candidate in the 26th Middlesex district.
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.
Demonstration season kicked off on Beacon Hill today. Gadflies and activists didn't swarm just to support black leaders who organized the streetside press conference in support of union workers – they were rallying to signify that warm weather will surely bring ramped up protests against those who threaten human rights everywhere.
When the Tea Party rabble-rousers began chanting “You Work For Us” at municipal employees, first responders, and state workers, I was hoping that some of them would at least slip on the ice patch lining the nook off Beacon Street where they parked their small parade. If Tuesday's labor rally kicked off as a respectable spat between several thousand union folks and a few dozen flag-waving morons, that incendiary declaration elevated the theater into all-out class warfare.