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  • December 09, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    To give you some reading material on this wintry weekend, I've selected some new items from right-wing think tanks that you might want to peruse.

    First, from the new magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, an interesting article by Matthew Rees about our man Mitt, titled Mister PowerPoint Goes to Washington. It's overly fawning, but gives a pretty good sense of Romney the businessman.

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  • December 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    In the new Insider's Poll from National Journal, Mitt Romney ranks as second-most likely to get the 2008 GOP Presidential nomincation, behind only John McCain. The periodic poll of top influential political insiders is always buzz-worthy, and will give Romney ammunition in arguing that he is, indeed, becoming the last viable candidate for anti-McCain Republicans.

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  • December 08, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Calm down over there in Meffah -- despite what FOX News would have you believe, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson did not declare his candidacy for President in an interview with the network yesterday. I checked the clip, and he actually said, approximately, "...blah blah blah blah I'm running blah blah blah...." FOX plucked out the two words and tried to turn it into a big scoop.

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  • December 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Yes, that's right, www.mittspaces.com is a brand-new MySpace-ish site devoted to praising all things Romney-related. It is unaffiliated with the campaign, and was created a few days ago by Wade Eyerly, a radidly enthusiastic young Republican operative I first came across a couple of years ago, when he helped run a small 527 organization called "Fight for Right."

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  • December 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Chris Cillizza says that Bush/Cheney '04 political director Terry Nelson will be John McCain's campaign manager, while Hotline says that Beth Myers will be Romney's.

    Nelson is directly connected to the 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal and the Tom DeLay money-laundering scandal, so draw your own conclusions about McCain's standards.

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  • December 07, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    I have an article in the new issue today about the Boston City Council. They are all jockeying for position to be the next mayor of Boston, but Deval Patrick's victory suggests that the old political paths no longer work.

    [David S. Bernstein]



  • December 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Leslie Kirwan, Secretary of Administration and Finance

    Grade: B+

    First things first: Kirwan was, reportedly, one of the Massport people who Peter Blute called from the boat immediately after being photographed by the Herald boozing it up with lobbyists and bikini-clad babes on Massport's dollar. This has nothing to do with anything, but any time I can slip Gidget into a discussion of state finances, I'm taking it.



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  • December 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Again from the WaPo: Dick Cheney's daughter Mary and her longtime partner are having a baby.

    Comments, anyone?


  • December 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    OK, this is just priceless -- take a guess at what Republican Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia is complaining about in this quote from today's Washington Post:

    "____ eats away at families.... Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

    Answer: The Democrats' announcement that Congress will hold session five days a week.



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  • December 06, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    In a report released yesterday, the Commonwealth's Office of Campaign and Political Finance has conveniently tallied up the candidates' spending on the recent state-wide elections, which reaced a state-record $51.3 million despite the almost total lack of competition for four of the six offices. Candidates for governor spent a combined $42.

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  • December 05, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    If you are one of those legendary 'grassroots' volunteers who helped the Deval Patrick campaign, please read this account of a frustrated Republican volunteer's dreary experience on the final days of the Lincoln Chafee re-election campaign in Rhode Island. I'm guessing your experience with Deval was better?



  • December 04, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    As expected, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas filed papers to form a Presidential exploratory committee this morning. Brownback is way, way behind Mitt Romney in pursuit of the presumably open position of right-wing alternative to McCain/Giuliani in the Republican nominating process.

    Romney is way ahead in developing funders, getting organized in early primary/caucus states, and recruiting key people.

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  • December 04, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Bruce of mAss Backwards happens to be one off my best friends, going back to long-ago college days, so I have my own personal reasons to be sad that he's packed up and moved to New Hampshire. But I think it's a loss for the Boston political blogosphere as well.

    Obviously, Bruce and I disagree pretty completely about policy and political ideology -- which, by my reckoning, makes him wrong about almost everything.

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  • December 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Here's John Kerry, on CNN's Situation Room yesterday, trying to steal an issue away from Al Gore:

    "Teresa and I are writing a book right now on the environment. It's a book we look forward to bringing out in a few months. I'm excited about it. We deal, obviously, with the issue of global climate change, but with a lot of other issues."

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  • December 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    The headline of this post is rhetorical, of course. You see, contributions to 2008 Presidential campaign committees are eligible for matching funds from the government beginning January 1, 2007. So, a week in Asia after the first of the year -- after he leaves office -- would cut into Romney's valuable fundraising time; whereas a week in early December merely takes him away from the relatively unimportant business of doing the job he was elected to do.

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