On the ol' Twitter, "tfrocahill" asks:
Boxers or briefs?
Boxers or briefs?
Boxer-briefs -- but if your hubby the former treasurer finds out you're asking me these kinds of questions, it'll be worse than when I told him I'd been Tweeting with his daughter Makena. Those Quincy men are pretty protective about the women in their family.
One thing became clear from last night's debate: Tim Cahill is ready to play the class card, and play it hard. This is exactly what I was suggesting for him in my pre-debate "empathy" post, so it got me thinking how, exactly, Cahill can (potentially, maybe, possibly) change the race with this theme -- how to open up an "empathy" gap by arguing that Patrick and Baker, by virtue of their wealth and status, don't understand what people are going through, and are thus unlikely to do anything to help.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- online and in print now -- I write about the end of the Massachusetts legislative session last week, which of course was dominated by the ultimately failed attempt (at least, as of this writing) to pass an expanded gaming bill.
I suggest that those with the most experience at working in these kinds of high-stakes Beacon Hill showdowns were the ones who fared best: senate president Therese Murray most notably, but to some degree Governor Deval Patrick and Treasurer/gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill as well.
Governor Deval Patrick has pushed for three casinos, but opposed slots at race tracks.
His Republican challenger, Charlie Baker, supports one casino, to test the waters.
Independent candidate Tim Cahill supports casinos and racinos.
The legislature has crafted a bill with casinos and racinos. Let's assume it passes, and Patrick vetoes it.
--On September 1st, I predicted on Twitter and Facebook that Paul Kirk would be the temporary Senate appointee -- I believe I was the first to publicly float his name for it. The next day a Boston Phoenix editorial advocating Kirk for the position went online. (To the best of my knowledge, that was also the first place where the point was made that Kennedy's staff had ceased its constituent-services work, and a temporary appointment would allow them to re-start it.