The Chimes at Midnight
Monday, May 02, 2016
Well Charlie Bakers appetite for Funny Money
continues unabated, the Globe reports he is indulging out of state donations from PACs representing interests with connections to State Government...some reformer eh?
Money is an intimidation tactic, pile enough if it up and you scare off rivals within and without your own party.
I suspect Baker is running his own private "money primary" he wants a big pile for re-election in 2018 and after that a fat rolodex to draw from should he set his sights on the US Senate.
Remember Bill Weld was Baker's chief sponsor and mentor back in the day, he tried to hand off an incumbent Governorship to his Running Mate Paul Cellucci in 1996 via a Senate Challenge to John Kerry....who can say if something similar isn't Charlie Baker's plan in 2020?
There is no other way to explain this save to note that "Charlie Baker Loves Money The Way a Hog Loves Slop" and nobody collections cashola like this unless they are either personally corrupt or else Have Big Electoral Plans, I myself tend to the later view.

Friday, April 29, 2016
I love how
Denny Hastert borrowed the Late James Michael Curley's old stunt of showing up for the Sentencing Hearing in a wheelchair.
What the hell it worked the child lusting bastard got a paltry five months in the clink thereafter the young boys of Chicago will have to listen closely behind them for the soft squeak of a wheelchair....assuming Hastert still needs it of course.
Because Denny Hastert is what you get when you repress and govern your sexuality by repressing and dominating others....
And yet I recall plenty of Republicans smirking at me and promising as soon as they were done removing Bill Clinton and Al Gore from office, Denny would be our next President.....
Be that as it may, Hastert is to be congratulated, the First US Speaker of the House to Graduate to the Sex Offenders Registry.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Cruz-Fiorina in 2016?
Tactically speaking this is a profoundly stupid move on Senator Ted Cruz's part....points up the fact that most of the Elite GOP haven't Got Clue One as to How to Manage a Brokered Convention (assuming they actually do have one, and I have my doubts).
YOU NEVER lock up the Vice Presidency before going into a contested convention, Ronald Reagan pulled that stunt in 1976 and it back fired spectacularly.  If your only hope is to force a decision on the second or third ballots then you need that glittering bauble called the Vice Presidency to beguile strategic if weak-minded GOP Elites.
Its exactly how John Nance Garner got on the ticket in 1932 as well as numberless others. Cruz may literally have partnered with Fiorina simply because she pisses off Trump and makes for decorous fake diversity optics, she is a public relations choice at best and bad choice otherwise since it closes off negotiations at the convention from the git-go.
At this point I'm back believing that it'll be Trump on the First Ballot when the dust settles...because if this is the best his opponents have to offer, the Developer is in Phat City fer sherrr.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Word on the street is...
That Governor Baker isn't stirring himself at all to put up any GOP candidates to challenge our all democratic congressional delegation in the general election this fall.
For us democrats that is good news in a short term tactical sense, as it allows fundraising and experienced Massachusetts activists and volunteers to "roam freely" and gravitate around the national race or captioned congressional races outside The Commonwealth.
Its also a confession that the state's GOP "bench" is awfully threadbare and the requisite number of credible candidates couldn't have been ginned up.
However in a strategic sense over the long term it sort of indicates that whoever the democrats run against Baker in 2018, it won't be someone out of our congressional delegation. That free ride this year and Charle's 2000% approval ratings will be motivation enough to sit on their hands en masse I suspect.
So as we go forward into the upcoming National Campaign lets keep in mind we are gonna need to mount a solid challenge to Baker in 2018, win or lose, I for one do not want a repeat of 1994's Roosevelt-Weld Debacle.
Just remember, after 1994 Weld took it into his Pride Swollen Head that he could knock off John Kerry in the 1996 Senate Race, and believe me kids, Ed Markey I'm sure recalls that one vividly, as should we all.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Cruz and Kasich are allegedly teaming up
against Donald Trump, dividing up the remaining primaries in a vain effort to prevent a first ballot victory for Donald Trump at the RNC this summer.
Too little too late and if I was John Kasich, I wouldn't believe God's Truth out of Ted Cruz's nasty little mouth.
A mouth ago this MIGHT have worked, might, the problem is, that Trump has consistently performed within his polling projections regardless of his verbal outrages, in the face of that, "coordination" among his rivals would at least prolong the season which is the best anyone in the GOP could hope for given the situation.
But coming now, forget it.
Trump is exploiting nigh Marxian contradictions that have festered within and without the GOP since it's Empire Days under Saint Ronald Reagan. I think a "brokered convention" is simply another advantage Trump situations, his opponents have been consistently under organized ideologically divided, religiously colonized and out hustled at every turn.
And anyway who is gonna "broker" that convention? Jeb Bush? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? A vast cross section of ineptoids and cowards who have been nursed and preserved inside the "Conservative Echo Chamber" since they were children, they simply don't have the skills or the intestinal fortitude to prevail against a Donald Trump.
No...I expect some fireworks and then Trump will be nominated these guys are like the late French General Maurice Gamelin they keep promising a great counter offensive and nothing ever happens...and it won't happen at the RNC this summer believe me not with these jobbers in charge.

Friday, April 22, 2016
"Don't Inhale Liz"
The Boston Globe tried to gin up a "Warren for Veep" boomlet on the Front Page no less yesterday.
If you look at the prospect objectively, Warren is too much of a ideological soul mate to suit Bernie Sanders and she brings no geographical balance to the ticket. Her sole contribution there is a gender redress that presumably might quiet resentful PUMAs....and that wouldn't be a sure thing since Warren famously declined to Endorse Hillary Clinton last fall.
On the other hand "Clinton-Warren in 2016" is all kinds of radical estrogen overdrive with tincture of ideological outreach to Sanderistas and the self same lack of geographical balance that "Sanders-Warren" would have to overcome.
So..."Warren for Veep" is probably a bad idea for the democrats, but as a means to stir up controversy and sell newspapers, it's a slam dunk as far as the Globe is concerned.
So I earnestly encourage our Senior Senator to ignore all this journalistic buffoonery and steer clear of the National Ticket. We need you here in Massachusetts.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
From the Looks of Today's Boston Globe
The Baker Admin has finally googled Joan Vennochi's landline, her column today is a defense of the Governor's curious silence on the Lege's pending Transgender Rights Bill.
Baker's silence may have it's strategic qualities but it also concurrently fuels the bill's adversaries to make sure it gets nicely buried, deals Charlies out of negotiations while preserving The Governor's funny-money revenue streams from the National GOP.
And boy howdy by all accounts the Governor Luvs his GOP Funny Money....he's been rai$ing all sorts of mad phat cashola to purge the State Committee among other tasks, it stands to reason he'd wanna decline cheesing off monied movement conservatives as long as possible.
And as I said before if this was corrupt doings with the DPW's retirement fund Charlie Baker would be howling like a Stuck Hairdresser...but then again so would the Op Ed Page of the Boston Globe don't kid yerself.

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