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  • August 20, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Day 1 of the Republican National Convention, Monday Sept. 1, is themed "Service," as in John McCain's "commitment forged in service to his country." (The other nights' themes: Reform; Prosperity; Peace.)

    The scheduled speakers for that day announced so far are Joe Lieberman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, and George W.


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  • August 19, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    As I have discussed before, perhaps obsessively, the really important thing about Presidential nominees is whether they went to Harvard or Yale. For quite some time, Harvard has been humiliated, left outside while Yalies -- like Bush Sr. and Jr., and Bill Clinton -- have bested Cambridge's best.

    Well, not this year: Barack Obama, Harvard Law '91, outdueled Hillary Rodham Clinton, Yale Law '73.

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  • August 19, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    She was once just another Western Massachusetts liberal lesbian appearing on WRNX in Amherst; then she became all national on Air America; then she got big-time as MSNBC's "it girl." Well, now Rachel Maddow apparently is getting her very own prime-time show on that network, replacing the guy who has that show that signals that it's time to turn the dial.

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  • August 19, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    As I predicted (OK, it was an easy call), John Kerry has been given a Wednesday speaking slot for next week's Democratic National Convention. That's the night of the VP nomination; the night is themed Securing America's Future. Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed -- another occasional VP rumoree -- has also been added to Wednesday's lineup of speakers, which also includes potential VPs Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, and Bill Richardson.

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  • August 19, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The National Review has stirred up a hornet's nest by reporting that John McCain is considering a pro-choice VP.

    This has the national punditry and blogosphere speculating that McCain must be leaning toward Tom Ridge, or perhaps even Rudy Giuliani.

    Am I the only one willing to look at it the other way around -- as a suggestion that Romney has changed his position again?

  • August 18, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Sonia Chang-Diaz campaign has released an internal poll showing her leading incumbent Dianne Wilkerson, 47% to 30%, with 23% undecided.

    Those numbers are almost exactly the same as the response on whether Wilkerson deserves re-election: 47% say time for someone new, 25% say she deserves re-election.

    So, while the numbers are obviously great news for Chang-Diaz, it still suggests to me that Wilkerson has a path to victory: that is to say, the election is purely a referendum on Wilkerson, and less than half the electorate are convinced she needs to go.

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  • August 15, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    15 months ago, I interviewed New Mexico governor Bill Richardson during the early days of his Presidential campaign. (He actually didn't officially 'declare' his candidacy until two weeks later.) I never ended up using the interview, but during the recent Russia-Georgia flare-up I recalled asking Richardson specifically about US-Russia relations.

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  • August 13, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    State House News Service is reporting that our very own gov Deval Patrick is scheduled to speak Tuesday night in prime time at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Don't expect the networks to carry it, but hey, being on CSPAN is kinda good too.

    Tuesday's theme is "Renewing America's Promise." Oh, and Hillary Clinton is speaking that night too.

  • August 13, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Back in May I first wrote in the Phoenix about rumors that John Kerry could be named to a cabinet position -- likely Secretary of State -- if Obama gets elected. What I didn't write then, but have mentioned on TV appearances, is the distinct possibility that Kerry is on the VP short list (an idea first put in my head in May by Washington insider extraordinaire Thomas Quinn).

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  • August 13, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix, I take a look at someone who is emerging as a potential hero of Massachusetts progressives: Sara Orozco, the political neophyte trying to unseat state senator Scott Brown. I depict her as Underdog versus the All-American, and I'd be interested what any of you out there think about her chances.

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  • August 09, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Barack Obama's campaign is hitting John McCain hard on McCain's involvement in facilitating the DHL merger that is ultimately leading to massive layoffs in Ohio.

    If it has legs, it should pretty much kill Mitt Romney's chances at the VP slot, and would prove the point that I and others have been trying to make in that regard.

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  • August 07, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Wall Street Journal reports today that a former financial-management executive has filed a complaint claiming that he was fired for not coughing up for Mitt Romney's campaign.

    A year ago, I wrote a lengthy article, "Mitt's Equity Army," suggesting that in "raising the capital for his latest venture," ie, running for President, Romney was tapping into an extended network of firms who had made money, or could make money, off of Romney's connections through Bain and elsewhere:

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  • August 05, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Three weeks ago I wrote that bike sharing could become city councilor John Connolly's first idea to get wified -- ie, stolen by the mayor. Sure enough, today Menino held a public press event at which, according to a press release:

    [Menino] announced that the City has released a request for information (RFI) for bike sharing, where one can rent a bike and tour the City using multiple pick up and drop off locations.

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  • August 04, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    --The city finally rid us of the human statues and face painters who so rudely disrupt the experience of those who come to Faneuil Hall to enjoy the unique experience of eating at a national chain restaurant.

    --The state legislature churned out a huge mass of laws before the end of the session, left a bunch to wait for another year (including CORI reform), and even finally got around to issuing its overrides of the Governor's line-item vetoes for the fiscal year that began a month ago.

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  • August 03, 2008
    By David S. Bernstein

    Normally I give you a heads-up before everybody and their brother have read it, but I've been out of town so I'm just telling you now about my article in the latest issue of the Boston Phoenix. It's about the state senate rematch between incumbent Dianne Wilkerson and Sonia Chang-Diaz.

    And as you may have heard, on Friday Wilkerson reached an agreement with the state attorney general's office concerning a variety of alleged campaign-financing irregularities.

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