Allred and client arriving at Canton courthouse, via Bernstein's cellphone.
I have just returned from beautiful Canton, Massachusetts, aka "the junction," home of BostonRob, and suddenly Ground Zero for a possible October Surprise, or the latest Gloria Allred circus, or both.
The scene is the Norfolk Family and Probate Court, and at issue is trial testimony given nearly two decades ago by one Mitt Romney of Belmont in the divorce of Staples founder Thomas Stemberg and Maureen Sullivan Stemberg.
A memorial to Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas
Schiavoni, made for his mother Stephany Kern by a casualty officer, at her home in Westerly, Rhode
[Updated: See below for Romney response to Huffington Post]
Appearing on ABC’s The
View this past Thursday, Ann Romney claimed that her husband, as governor
“went to every funeral” of fallen soldiers from the Commonwealth.
Hey, I know about that binder! And guess what -- Mitt Romney was lying about it.
From the rush transcript:
CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?
ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great
deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state,
because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the
applicants seemed to be men.
Update, 9/9/12: On Meet the Press, David Gregory asked Romney specifically about not mentioning Afghanistan, as opposed to not mentioning the troops -- an understandable choice, but one that regrettably makes it difficult to compare with his answer to Baier.
--The correct picks in my Fabulous Primary Predictions contest, assuming unofficial results hold up, were Golnick, Bielat, Ives, Toomey, Lovely, Adams, Welch, Barrett, Martinez, Rogers, Decker, Keefe, Jubinville, Devaney, and Campatelli. By my count, there were two entries tied with 10 right out of 15. For the tie-breaker of Keating's vote percentage in CD9, believe it or not one of the two guessed 59 and the other guessed 60 -- and at last look the unofficial tally was at 59%.
Some folks in Massachusetts may be wondering, "why are the Democrats putting Elizabeth Warren in one of the small windows of live broadcast-TV coverage tonight at the convention?"
Especially since, by my internal MassachuSensor (TM, patent pending) readings, 47 percent of Commonwealth residents now cover their ears and shut their eyes when Warren starts talking to them during a commercial break.
See, this is how you do a convention. During the off-hours, when only your base is watching, you heap the red meat from the stage (Barbara Lee of California, SEIU, NARAL, Pelosi, Reid, Ted K tribute, gay congressman, strong suggestions that Romney is unpatriotic). As people start watching on cable in prime time, you go more for the swing voter's hearts and minds (double-amputee Duckworth, former GOPer Chafee, woman saying repeal of ObamaCare will kill her daughter, POTUS/FLOTUS siblings, Ledbetter).
Tonight at around 7:30pm the Democratic National Convention will do a tribute to Ted Kennedy, with Joe III speaking. Governor Deval Patrick speaks a little before 10:00pm.
Last week in Tampa, I asked Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter of Raynham, former Ted Kennedy staffer, about the Massachusetts flavor to this year's DNC, and the Kennedy tribute in particular.
Heading into the Democratic National Convention, much is being made of the classic Presidential campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
A lot of the discussion about this misses the important point that the question is a personal one, not a group one. That particular measure is about how people feel concerning their own household circumstances, not the broad guages of the nation's welfare.
Mitt Romney chose to ignore my advice to not bother trying to get people to like him, and it sure looks like he made a bad move.
So far, polling suggests no more than a small "convention bounce," leaving the national race essentially tied going into this week's Democratic convention. If Obama gets just a decent bounce, of four or five points, that leaves Romney in a hole heading into the final two months.
[Note: written midday Thursday, but due to technical problems did not post until after Thursday night's proceedings]
The underwhelming first two days of
speechifying at the Republican National Convention was the almost
inevitable result of several factors.
For one thing, the Republican Party has
very, very few pols who are popular, or even palatable, to the
general American public.
TAMPA--So there I was, at around 1:30am, with a reasonably good (free) gin & tonic at the Buzzfeed party in the Florida Aquarium, with pettable penguins circulating in a little wagon-cage and mermaids swimming in one of the big tanks, when a somewhat prominent conservative columnist whom I had met roughly 120 seconds earlier and who doesn't know me from Adam began arguing very earnestly with me about whether Paul Ryan's criticism of Barack Obama's failure to act on Simpson-Bowles was fair given Ryan's role in opposing Simpson-Bowles.
TAMPA--I was already through the doors and into the lobby of the Hyatt yesterday afternoon before it clicked, and I went back out and asked the woman at the curb if she was Martha Zoller, congressional candidate from Georgia. She was (which tells you something about my obsession with this topic), and she was nice enough to speak me for a few minutes, even though her ride was just pulling up.
At a rally in Michigan today, Mitt Romney made a birth certificate joke, much to the pleasure of the audience. This is going to create a stir.
To me, it reinforces something I've been worrying about for months now: that Romney has no game plan for controlling the ugly side of the conservative base this fall.
You may recall that John McCain had some trouble with this four years ago.
Such is it that in 2012, there are at least two candidates who are vying for the votes of voters who want to completely waste their votes.