US Senate: D: 2 R: 0
US House: D: 9 R: 0
Constitutional offices: D: 6 R: 0
State senate: D: 36 R: 4 (10%)
State house: D: 131 R: 29 (18%)
This, folks, is the most abject, awful, humiliating moment for the Massachusetts Republican Party in my time covering them -- which has been a long string of lows and even greater lows.
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.
Good old Bob Maginn, chairman of the completely disfunctional Massachusetts Republican Party, is standing up for the reputation of Harvard Law School, which has recently been under attack by Maginn's good friend and fellow Harvard Law alum Willard Mitt Romney, who has gone around saying that people who spend time at the place become snobs incapable of relating to regular human people.
Earlier this week (while I was off on vacation) there were some Presidential primaries, which you probably heard about. There were also some primaries for congressional races, which leads me to update the status of women Republicans running for seats in the US House of Representatives -- which I suggested a month ago is not looking very promising for those hoping to see some improvement on the current rate of just 10% of House Republicans.
Enjoying Ask Me Anything Day? Keep the questions coming! Via email, "Bill in Plymouth" asks:
Do you think the Mass. GOP will be able increase
it's foothold in the House in 2012, and which, if any, incumbents of
either party do you see in danger of being ousted?
[Opening image: Massachusetts State House]Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.[fade to black]Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made a mistake....[Image appears on left half of screen: Scott Brown, in barn coat; preferably shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold]
[Opening image: Massachusetts State House]
Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.
[fade to black]
Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made a mistake....
[Image appears on left half of screen: Scott Brown, in barn coat; preferably shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold]
It has come to my attention that a lot of people, particularly in the realm of political reporting and commentary, are under the impression that there is an open question about the veracity of Mitt Romney's 2007 claims of his father marching with Martin Luther King, Jr.. There is not. Romney's claim, whether deliberate or from faulty memory, is factually untrue.
Mitt Romney at the Pinkerton School, NH. Saturday, January 7, 2012. Photo (c) Jeremiah Robinson for the Boston Phoenix.
Just before the 2004 New Hampshire Democratic primary, I was on Greater Boston along with the late, great David Nyhan. We were both asked to predict the outcome. Polls had shown that to that point, Howard Dean's loss in Iowa, his "scream" moment, and his staff shake-up had taken a steep and continuing toll, not only far behind John Kerry but in danger of being surpassed by Wes Clark, John Edwards, and perhaps even "Joementum" Lieberman.