On BNN a week ago, talking about Presidential politics, Joe Heisler brought up the question about how a terrorist attack in the next two months might affect the race. I said something to the effect that if any significant crisis occurs during that stretch, the way the candidates behave in the initial 24 hours or so may have a big impact -- not necessarily based on their policies or advice, but on their confidence with the issue, their phrasing, even their body language.
New Phoenix staffer Chris Faraone checks in on the Sonia Chang-Diaz campaign this morning; see his post on the Phoenix Phlog.
--Former journalist, current radio personality Michelle McPhee is helping fundraise for Scott Brown.
--It's not good news for the union when the words "Boston firefighter" and "drunken" show up in the same headline.
--Blue Mass Group endorses Sonia Chang-Diaz.
--Summer's over: Tom Menino just deposited close to $30,000 in campaign contributions.
PolitickerMA.com reports that Deval Patrick, Tom Menino, Michael Capuano, and "other prominent Bay State pols" will be doing robo-calls for Dianne Wilkerson on or before election day. Plus, the campaign expects to have 360 volunteers helping to get out the vote.
In a surprise, Bay Windows endorses Sonia Chang-Diaz today over incumbent state senator Dianne Wilkerson; two years ago they backed Wilkerson. Sister paper South End News joins them. The Globe, which if I'm not mistaken did not endorse in '06, also endorses Chang-Diaz today, joining the Herald. The Bay State Banner has endorsed Wilkerson.
Like many people, I have been wondering all year about John McCain's secret sure-fire ability to capture Osama bin-Laden -- guaranteed to work for President McCain, but apparently for nobody else, because otherwise surely McCain would share the plan with our current President (not to mention, anyone else who might become President next year -- I mean, he wouldn't rather lose bin-Laden than lose an election, right?).
A couple months back I alerted you to the story of Either/Orchestra percussionist Vicente Lebron, who Homeland Security had locked up and was moving to deport, for no apparent reason. Last week, an immigration judge freed him. I have the details in this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- out in print tomorrow, but online now!
Not going to make it today when Joe Biden passes around the collection plate in Boston? No worries: Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times has a list of upcoming big fundraisers for Obama -- and no surprise, several are right in our back yard. If you've got a few hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket, here are some opportunities to lighten your wallet:
It occurs to me that Mitt Romney, as then-chairman of the Republican Governors Association -- the guy in charge of recruiting and helping elect GOP gubernatorial candidates -- would be an ideal point man to be out defending and touting Sarah Palin, who was elected governor in 2006.
Funny, haven't heard much from him.
--NBC/WSJ poll (Obama by 1) shows big bump for Obama in favorability compared to before both conventions; also improvement for him on leadership/commander-in-chief questions. McCain gets big boost on change perception -- although still half of Obama's number. (Also, big jump in both parties' favorability. We'll see how long that lasts.
Red-haired sprite Matt O'Malley will take over as MassEquality's political director, replacing local legend Matt McTighe, according to a release just sent out.
Geez, easy job now that McTighe has pretty much won everything there is to win in the state, dontcha think?
Just kidding -- I like to tease O'Malley, because he has one of those genetic defects that makes him actually want to be on the Boston City Council.
I'll be on BNN tonight, talking Presidential politics on Talk of the Town at 7:00. In the meantime, a quick look at some of recent developments:
--Obama has laid out his positions on science (short version: he believes in it!) at some length in this Q&A he filled out for ScienceDebate2008. John McCain has said he will also answer the questions, but has not done so yet.
Unsurprisingly, the paper that has historically led the attack on Dianne Wilkerson has endorsed her challenger. The Herald's argument, in essence: "c'mon, we all know Wilkerson sucks."
We can be pretty sure that Bay Windows will join the Bay State Banner in endorsing Wilkerson. If I'm not mistaken, the Globe took a pass on it in '06, so we'll see what they do this time around.
I have said many times since Obama wrapped up the nomination, the narrative of this campaign is big, scary change (Obama) vs. small, cautious change (McCain). But I've never really explained what I mean, so I'll try to do so now in the context of the current state of the race.
Voters want big change right now, but change is risky.
Sonia Chang-Diaz has raised just over 100k this year, with about 30k on hand from last year; the campaign spent just over 80k, leaving a little more than $50,000 on hand as of Aug. 29, the end of the pre-primary filing period.
That's a fairly impressive amount to raise against an incumbent, although not on the eye-popping level of recent city political newcomers like Sam Yoon and John Connelly.