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  • May 04, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    --On a stage of aging, white, conservative curmudgeons, Mitt Romney stood out as looking least like your cranky uncle who you can't stand. (It's especially fun to hear these sour-pussed grousers repeatedly invoke the importance of Ronald Reagan's optimism, which, apparently, cures all that ails ya'.) But bear in mind that Republicans have no problem nominating miserable, aging cranks.

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  • May 02, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    The AP is doing a series of asking the Presidential candidates quickie questions about their personal habits, tastes, etc. The latest: what is the one thing you'd want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island? (BTW, isn't that supposed to be deserted island?) Tom Tancredo was the only one who answered: a boat.

    Our man Romney said his wife, Ann.

  • May 01, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Political Wire directs us to this C-Ville column rumor-mongering more forcefully than all the rumor-mongering that precedes it, that Republican veteran John Warner is going to call it quits and not run for re-election to the US Senate in Virginia.

    And, as has also been much rumor-mongered, columnist Dan Catalano predicts that US Rep Tom Davis will run to replace him.

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  • May 01, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Momentum, that is. At least, if you believe the latest ARG poll, which shows Romney suddenly scoring a mighty 24% among likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters. That's good enough for a solid second-place showing, leaving Giuliani eating his dust. ARG also has Romney climbing to 14% in Iowa, which is pretty impressive at this point.

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  • May 01, 2007
    By David S. Bernstein
    Patrick is hinting at a major proposal to change the school funding mechanism, which I applaud in theory. The problem, of course, is that any change that is even close to cost-neutral will hurt some communities, making its passage nearly impossible.

    I would love to see a serious reform proposal that comes with a new dedicated revenue stream -- and I think you could argue that the one way to get the state to consider a new tax would be for education.

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