I have made no public comment on a number of topics that, it turns out, are some of the Most Important Things In American Politics. So, here are my thoughts about them. Let me know if I've left out anything else Super Important.
--Carrie Prejean. I'll admit I'm not an expert on the beauty pageant industry -- although I did see "Miss Congeniality" -- but it's always been my understanding that it's on the list of "things many people might enjoy, but that are only viable because of the interest of gay men."
Five of the current Supreme Court Justices hold JDs from Harvard Law, and with one of them -- David Souter -- now stepping down, thank goodness we have a Harvard Law man in the White House to ensure that the majority is retained. Right?
At least, that's what they've got to be thinking across the river in Cambridge these days.
--I'd look at this Globe poll as the public baseline. To my knowledge, it's consistent with what the Menino, Flaherty, and Yoon campaigns have been looking at internally, as where the electorate stands heading into the campaign. Now we all have it, and can watch to see how the numbers move during the campaign.
--This poll was taken at a favorable moment for Menino: just after he formally announced his candidacy and ran $100,000 worth of ads.
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee -- who I think could be a very good candidate -- has been so slow to gear up it's unclear whether he'll actually run. --1/14/07
The incumbent, republican Norm Coleman, is beatable. I think Franken could be a more formidable general-election candidate than some think -- but he needs a vigorous primary challenge, to hone his campaigning skills and to convince people that he's a serious person.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have an article about the energy/environment legislation working its way through Congress, and its potential for making long-term Democratic voters out of the Millennial Generation.
In particular, the GOP is likely to come across in the debate as stuck in another century, opposed to progress, and utterly irrational.
Maine Governor John Baldacci is holding a press conference now, or momentarily, at which he will reportedly announce that he will sign the recently-passed same-sex marriage bill into law.
Baldacci's intentions had been unknown, and the state legislature did not have enough votes to override a veto.
This will make Maine the fifth state in the US to legalize gay marriage.
Turns out that city councilor -- and current council president -- Michael Ross will not get a free pass this year after all. A challenger has signed up to run against him in District 8, which includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Mission Hill.
Oscar T. Brookins, an economics professor at Northeastern University, and long-time Boston resident, has filed to run.
Odd that in political campaigns, nothing triggers more vapid posturing than the call for substantive debates. This afternoon is a big funhouse of such posturing, over who wants to be more substantive in the Boston mayoral election.
Everyone saw coming a mile away that Menino would get beat up for not wanting to participate in debates -- and with good reason, because Menino, as the cash-laden, high-polling incumbent, would gladly avoid debates if he could get away with it.
"The hospital room throbbed with undisguised rivalry" -- Andrew "Personality Parade" Klein must be writing about the Kennedys again!
Excerpt in new Vanity Fair here. Accurate? Whatever! Tell me more about who "avoided making eye contact with one another, as though the flying daggers would
wound." I'll be reading cover to cover.
--Dow Jones Industrial Average finished above where it was when Obama took office, finally joining the NASDAQ and S&P 500 in that regard. Remember when conservatives were screaming that the stock decline since inauguration was proof that he was screwing up the economy?
--I don't think GOP leaders quite understand the "big tent" concept.