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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    I briefly interrupt Ask Me Anything Day to point you to a nice feature about the new "Gen-X" Republicans in Congress, written by Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, which quotes New Hampshire freshman Frank Guinta claiming "I was an Alex P. Keaton when I was a kid."

    Hah! Four months ago I wrote a nice feature about the new "Gen-X" Republicans heading to Congress, in which I called Guinta an "Alex P.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Josh D" asks:

    In your opinion, which MA pol(s) has/have hit the ground running since being elected/reelected last fall in terms of fulfilling campaign promises and/or getting started on worth-while initiatives? Are they any that have been disappointing for the same reasons?

    It's a great question, but still too early to really say much.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Lots of questions today -- love it! I've got two on redistricting. First, via Twitter (follow me! twitter.com/dbernstein) from "Lance Harris" aka "CMassPolitics":

    Which comes first: redistricting map or Congressman announcing run for Senate? If map, who's out? I say Tsongas vs. Tierney.

    And from here on the blog, "Jim-C" asks":

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Michael" seems to think it's Ask Me Everything Day (just kidding!):

    Which district city councilors will have legitimate challenges this year? Why did you get Mike Pence so totally wrong? Why are all the Republican candidates for president waiting, waiting, waiting to announce? Regarding legislation last year to keep govt offices open on the two hack holidays: Why don't our legislators know how to write legislation anymore?

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks:

    Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions of who may be in) and the top 4 folks who would be NEXT mayor of Boston (outside of Menino)?

    Well, the four who are making noise about running I would put in the following order of likelihood to win the nomination: Setti Warren, Kim Driscoll, Alan Khazei, Bob Massie -- with the caveat that I don't think there's a huge difference in the odds among all four.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Via email, "Steve" asks:

    David, what advice would you give Jill Stein and the Greens- What do they need to do to breakthrough and win seats on Beacon Hill?

    Easy: re-register as Democrats.

    No, seriously. There's nothing wrong with being a "conscience of the left" third party, and more power to them. And maybe -- maybe -- with a good candidate the party can win the occasional state rep seat.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Elias Nugator" is awake and alert enough post-Evacuation Day to start us off with a good one:

    Granted we've only just exited a gubernatorial race and there is both a Presidential and a Senatorial race to beguile us next year... Nonetheless given that Deval Patrick has declined to run for a third term is there anyone out there making gubernatorial noises for 2014? I mean other than the annual no-shows like Ralph Martin or Andy Card.

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  • March 18, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hey! It's the semi-occasional excitement of Ask Me Anything Day here at the Talking Politics blog!

    Please send me questions in the comments to this post, and I will answer as best as I can in posts throughout the day.

    Or, you may send your question via email to me at dbernstein@phx.com

    Fire away about politics, policy, issues, rumors, opinion, prognostication, Big Dig lighting fixtures, states where major American Revolution battles took place -- anything at all.

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  • March 16, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she is not interested in continuing to serve as Secretary of State in a 2nd Obama term, should he win re-election.

    That will undoubtedly stoke the already rampant rumors that John Kerry will become Secretary of State after the re-elect.

    Already, some political insiders in Massachusetts tell me that this rumor is helping persuade some of the state's Democratic heavyweights -- the Congressional delegation, for instance -- to pass on the 2012 cycle.

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  • March 16, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    It would be easy to jab at Bob DeLeo for his blatantly political 180 on patronage, but I'm with Lehigh on this one -- the Speaker deserves credit for taking the lead on the issue.

    I have previously compared this to people who take hazing for granted, suddenly realizing that it's no longer publicly acceptable. It may be too much to expect those types to actually see that what they've been doing is wrong, but regardless, they need to step up and stop it from happening anymore.

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  • March 16, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Congratulations to Tito Jackson, who scored a convincing win over Cornell Mills yesterday and will be the new Boston City Councilor from District 7. Topping the 80% mark should make him safe in the rapid-turnaround defense of his seat this fall; Mills is likely to try again, but that's a big mountain to climb, and others will probably stay out.

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  • March 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the never-ending, and recently increasing, speculation about Governor Deval Patrick's personal plans. As you may have heard, he's going to be DNC chairman, or US Senator, or Obama campaign chair, or Supreme Court justice, or who knows what else.

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  • March 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sad news, that the great Pulitzer-winning political journalist David Broder died today. Broder is the guy pretty much every political journalist wants to be -- and, as far as I could tell, a guy every political journalist who knew him liked.

    I didn't know him; I introduced myself to him once at a New Hampshire primary event, and he couldn't have been nicer.

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  • March 09, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    One of my little pet peeves during the 2008 Presidential election cycle was the total lack of commentary about John McCain's marital history. McCain dumped his wife for a young, money-loaded hottie with whom he had been having a lengthy affair -- one of multiple affairs, as he has effectively admitted.

    It's not for me to judge, but we always see lots of hand-wringing analysis over the potential political impact of this sort of behavior, especially in a GOP primary, where pundits can ruminate on how this will play with the "family values" crowd.

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  • March 08, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Digging through my trove of 2008 Presidential election cycle materials, I came across something that struck me as interesting. It's an article by the great Des Moines Register political reporter David Yepsen, dated May 22, 2005, headlined "GOP leaders tie filibuster to caucuses."

    According to the article, a bunch of important conservative leaders in the state had signed a letter to prospective 2008 GOP Presidential candidates, demanding their support for a procedural change ending judicial filibusters.

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