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  • February 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Hotline OnCall says that Massachusetts senate minority leader Richard Tisei will endorse Rudy Giuliani for President this week, along with either one or two other GOP state senators -- out of the five total.

    This would be a huge embarrassment to Romney, although not a big deal in practical terms. Then again, Hotline spelled Tisei's name wrong, so maybe their sources aren't perfect.

  • February 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    A $15 million Danish study says that birds avoid getting sliced up by energy-producing offshore windmills, according to the new issue of MIT's Technology Review. Another boost for the Cape Wind crowd.

  • February 13, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mitt Romney's prepared announcement speech, delivered today at the Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan, can be read here at his web site.

    Apparently Romney wants to bring innovation and transformation to government, because "We are weary of the bickering and bombast, fatigued by the posturing and self-promotion" of politics.

    I leave it to y'all to comment.

  • February 12, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein

    I'll have more to say in this week's Phoenix about Hillary Clinton's first foray into New Hampshire as a Presidential candidate, but for now one quick observation after watching her in action: Making a campaign slogan out of the throw-away line "I'm In It To Win It" -- putting it on pins, etc. -- strikes me as the lamest thing possible.

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  • February 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Once again, Deval Patrick releases major news about his administration in such a way as to avoid questions, attention, and coverage. At 5:01pm today -- a Friday -- he put out a release announcing legislation he's just filed to reorganize the cabinet.

    Much of the change has been known, but we've been awaiting the details to come in this legislation.

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  • February 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    So says Hillary Clinton, and I for one think it's a great campaign slogan. (She said it Tuesday during a Senate hearing; if you want meaning and context, knock yourself out.)

    The senior Senator from New York brings her message of carrot liberation to New Hampshire this weekend, for a series of "Conversations with Granite Staters."

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  • February 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Well, one head anyway -- that of Cartoon Network GM/VP Jim Samples, who resigned today in shame over his role in terrorizing the good people of Boston.

    Here is Samples's statement this afternoon, as quoted on CNN.com:

    "I deeply regret the negative publicity and expense caused to our company as a result of this campaign.




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  • February 09, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    OK, so the Democratic Presidential candidates have decided to take Nevada’s early caucus seriously. All but Obama will participate in a Feb. 21 “forum” in Carson City, and Obama will visit the state a few days later. Problem: Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, the Presidential campaigns don’t know where to go, who to talk to, where to hold events, which diner to “drop in for a slice of pie” at, what spots make a good backdrop for TV, and so on.

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  • February 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Deval Patrick just wrapped a one-hour appearance with Eagan and Braude on 96.9, taking questions from callers -- he'll be doing this once a month with them.

    I thought he did a very good job on the superficial level of handling calls and sounding good on radio, but also on speaking intelligently on the issues. Of course, he's always talked a good game.

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  • February 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    I dig into a scandal involving one of the most powerful politicians in Massachusetts -- and the likely next senate president:

    "Terry Murray handed $11 million to a contractor the state auditor had previously chastised. now the guy won’t account for the money. Is anyone willing to call her on it?"


  • February 08, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    It's no big secret that many GOP activists in the state have become openly contemptious toward Mitt Romney. Now Hotline On Call says that some of those Bay Staters might embarrass the Barnstormin' Mormon by endorsing John McCain.

    Although Hotline doesn't specifically say, it would make sense for McCain to announce those endorsements on or around next Tuesday's official announcement of the Barnstormin' Mormon's Presidential candidacy.

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  • February 07, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Let's start with the obvious: in any battle between the Catholic League's Bill Donahue and the bloggers from Pandagon and Shakespeare's Sister, the forces of good almost certainly lie with the latter. So, as a matter of principal, I can't help but hope that Donahue is unsuccessful at pressuring the John Edwards campaign to fire Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen

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  • February 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Romney announced 22 US Representatives supporting him today; a few were previously announced. John McCain has been wrapping up the lion's share, particularly in the South -- note the absence on Romney's list of anyone from the key early-primary state of South Carolina; he also has just two from Florida, despite the rumored support of Jeb Bush.

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  • February 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Wes Clark has hemmed and he's hawed about running for President again, but all of a sudden he sure looks like a go. He spoke at the DNC "winter meeting" the other day, and now he is scheduled to participate in the first "candidate forum" of the year, coming up February 21 in Carson City, Nevada.

    That 2/21 event is key for Nevada to show that its Democratic caucus -- specially scheduled between Iowa's caucuses and New Hampshire's primaries next year -- will fly, unlike some other unsuccessful early caucus attempts.

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  • February 06, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Mitt Romney will officially announce his Presidential candidacy on February 13th, in front of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, according to the Associated Press.

    After visiting Iowa and South Carolina, he'll come "home" to Boston for a Feb. 15th fundraiser.

    According to Hotline On Call, Romney's buzzwords in his announcement speech will be: "innovation" and "change."



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