Our fearless former leader, Mitt Romney, tells the great John DiStaso that he might skip the GOP's CNN/YouTube debate in September, because he's "no fan of the format."
Why would Romney duck a nationally televised debate, in which his staff can review all the potential questions beforehand? Any guesses?
Mitt Romney fought hard to introduce rate competition to Massachusetts's auto insurance industry, and failed. So when Deval Patrick's insurance commissioner decided to implement auto-insurance reform, it caught a lot of liberals by surprise. Some are turning sour on Patrick, painting him as a pro-business shill. Is it true -- or are they just shilling for the status quo? I look at the politics behind the policy in this week's Phoenix, out tomorrow but online now.
CNN "vetted" the 3000 submitted questions for last night's CNN/YouTube debate, meaning that it chose which ones (and how many) to air, meaning that it pretty much created a TV show out of the free raw video materials, not entirely unlike an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos. Then the network's analysts fell over themselves praising the show, and the great questions.
When I learned that Commissioner Ed Davis had removed Dan Coleman as the head of the BPD homicide unit, I knew that some folks at the District Attorney's office would be miffed. It's no secret that Coleman is a big favorite of Dave Meier, who heads the DA's homicide group, and that the office had lobbied hard to get Katherine O'Toole to put Coleman in charge.