Local political reporters rejoice: what could have been the sleepiest election season in ages will instead be a fun-filled bloodbath. That's right, Michael Flaherty has just announced that he is running for Boston City Council at-large.
I have been saying all year and longer that he was serious about it, but I was never really sure he would pull the trigger.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write that in the span of a few days, President Obama put the national Republicans in a very tough position in dealing with their own Obamaphobic base.
In three high-profile appearances, Obama released his long-form birth certificate; belittled birthers generally and Donald Trump specifically at the White House Correspondents Dinner; and of course announced that he had successfully found and killed Osama bin Laden.
OK, I'm just flabbergasted by this -- it seems that US Senator Scott Brown, who sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee -- went around earlier suggesting that he had seen in briefings photographs proving Osama bin Laden's death, when in fact he had seen the hoax "dead Osama" photos you and I and everyone else saw on Facebook.
As I periodically comment, the contemporary Republican Party and conservative movement really needs to draw firmer lines between acceptable discourse and dangerous lunacy. An example I frequently cite is Alex Jones, the Texas-based radio host and purveyor of InfoWars.com and the Prison Planet forum. He also produces documentaries of his wild conspiracy theories -- he is, for instance, a prominent 9/11 "Truther," who believes the US government ordered the attacks.
Facebook status of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts political director Michael Falcone, just before 11:00pm:
The terrific political-science journal The Forum has three interesting essays in its new issue, dealing with politics and media.
In one, Greg Marx, formerly of the Columbia Journalism Review, compares political media resistance to academic insights, to sports-journalism resistance to sabermetric insights. In another, two academics, Brendan Nyhan of the University of Michigan and John Sides of George Washington University, offer suggestions for how academics can help political journalists do their job.