Thursday, January 18, 2018

I am gonna try and do this politely but honestly

but if Governor's Council Member Marilyn Petitto Devaney is "primaried" this year, all due attention should be paid to her challenger & their qualifications for office.  Ms. Devaney is very zealous and eager and dedicated to her elected position I have heard of no scandal or corruption attending on her eighteen years in office, but she is even twitchier, more discursive and long winded than usual, its likely time for her to retire from public life.  I have yet to see her go before an audience in her district where she didn't have to be shut down by the moderator for blabbing on past her alloted time she loses listeners easily and rarely recovers them.
Ms Devaney perpetuates in public life because she occupies the perfect down ballot office where incumbency, obscurity and likely a tinge of gender can still tip the scales.
Its just time for someone else, hopefully as zealous but  also someone more coherent & dare I say it, dignified.
Sorry this is a polite as I can phrase, its just time for a change.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Annual MLK Blogging:

From the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

"Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds."

Abraham Lincoln, that thoroughly national man in outlook, could not have said it better....Doctor King is the logical final conclusion of all Lincoln's ideas about citizenship, national unity, the urgencies of Justice and our freedoms.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jay Gonzelez in Menotomy (again)

I'm starting to take a shine to Gonzalez as a deomcratic gubernatorial aspirant, mind you I still wanna hear from Warren & Massie...but Gonzalez is starting to "Wear Well" as far as this obscure blogger is concerned.
He is a reasonable affable public speaker who reminds me of the supremely affable Deval Patrick in his speech pattern. He sounds fairly realistic about the issues from a progressive perspective, he isn't blasting the "Trump-Trumpet" every other sentence (Jaysuz thats a relief!), he has a good set of beefs with Charlie Baker so he must be doing something right to rate a GOP videographer dogging his every step (a big redheaded lout I didn't catch his name, he kept quiet to his credit thru the whole appearance).
Besides I begin to like Gonzalez' core argument, which is, that if all Charlie Baker offers us is sheer stagnation and gently falling bond ratings, then all then means is we are simply retrogressing slower than the national average so to speak with an Administration in Washington seemingly hell bent on wholesale devolution into a Neanderthal State.
That to me is an elegant simple argument, whether the democratic primary or the general election cohorts buy it is another thing entirely. I do wonder if like Jimmy Tingle, Jay is trying to run a good tight one hoping for fairer winds in 2022...but then again none of us may even be here to vote come 2022.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Comedian Jimmy Tingle

who is improbably enough, the current front runner for the democratic nomination for Lieutenant collecting the endorsement of former Lt Governor Thomas P. O'Neill III in North Cambridge tonight.
O'Neill of course, is the son of the Supreme Maacher, the Late Tip O'Neill, US Speaker of the House. O'Neill The Third hasn't had a big footprint in democratic politics for a few years now, but the name carries storied weight and he is a man with many many friends within and without the corridors of power, it sends a message that Tingle is indeed "A Serious Candidate". In short, "Its a Good Get".
I remain ambivalent about Tingle's candidacy, I'm as a rule throughly disenchanted with the parade of untested amateurs that routinely parachute in the Lt Gubernatorial Primary while seasoned experienced public servants settle down quietly in their safe seats to watch the Big Show. And Tingle despite his charm and obvious brains is still out of this amateur class...however at the moment he is the only game in town, in a binary choice between Him and Palfrey on the ballot I have to go with Jimmy Tingle reservations and all.
Of some import, down the road I do have to wonder about his long term intentions, this is gonna be a tough year for the democrats to unseat Charlie Baker (although we must still make the strongest possible effort all the same)...Tingle has at best, indifferent chances of being elected Lt Governor. I'm guessing his long range plan to make suitable contacts within and without the democratic part, build up a base at the polls, develop a fundraising profile...and run for Governor in heard it hear last folks.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Anne Romney is apparently a "Go" for

Her husband Mitt to run for the US Senate, this time from Utah.
Whew...I was worried there for a short moment that MAYBE Ms Romnet might put her own health or age or well being on a co-equal footing with the relentless ambitions of her spouse, the former Governor of Massachusetts.
Quick question, When has Anne Romney ever said NO to any of Mitt's electoral ambitions...Senator Governor US President and now Senator say nothing of US Secretary of State. I think if Mitt was mulling about running for "King Swank of Hell", His Wife would be the Loudest "YES!!" In the room.
Well what of it, reflex enabler or not she is still the Better Half of That Marriage, Ms. R managed to leave a good impression in Belmont as opposed to her famously detached and seldom seen Spouse.
The Moderate Republican Trauma Team at the Boston Globe seems relieved as well, they can go on fantasizing that the "Vital Center" is calling the shots in the GOP for a few more months, at least until "Senator Romney" starts getting rolled by the Trump White House...and he will believe me.
That is IF Romney wins, just remember he lost his other bid for the US Senate (albeit in alleged liberal enclave Massachusetts) and over he hasn't won an election at all since 2002.
Food for thought y'all.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Oprah Winfrey for President?

On the basis of a rousing speech at th Golden Globe's Sunday Night, Oprah Winfry is being touted as a Presidential Prospect all over the mediaverse even as I write this.
Well, as I pointed out a year ago, Trump's "election" broke down a lot of very necessary barriers in US Politics, "personal crapulence" clearly isn't a disqualification for office and zero experience in politics doesn't count for a hill of beans either...but the malign consequences of the annihilation of those barriers are a veritable Sword of Damocles over our heads, every single day.
Oprah's chief qualification for office is a huge personal fortune and a comfort factor on TV that will give Marshall McLuhan the screaming bedspins...but thats it. How she'd handle tedious exactly and thankless budget negotiations with congress is a mystery and would remain so until she was theoretically inauguated.
Granted if nominated, the debates would be grand political theater but shit, the debates with Hillary Clinton were great in every way and still the damn thing blew up in our faces.
No...Forget Oprah for President, its your privilege to advocate a candidacy solely routed in anxiety relief, vengeance, money & name recognition....but it may never ever be what the country needs post Donald Trump.
Besides there is a quality of "homeopathic medicine" to Oprah for President, the cure for a sugar high media sensation driven presidency is clearly another even stronger dose of sugar and media hype....again, I have m' doubts.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Apparently Climate Change has reached such a malevolent

pitch that we have to worry about serious coastal flooding during high-end snowstorms, a problem utterly unknown when I was boy in the idyllic days of the late 1960's.  The current custodians of the Executive Department in Washington DC will see the entire seaboard from Texas to Cutler Harbor under 100 feet of water before they'll tolerate a whisper of "climate change". As such the ball has to carried downfield as best we can by state governments, so yeah its time to start discussing that seawall in the Boston Harbor and a host of other preventative measures. If I had any advice for Mayor Marty Walsh its to do his best to prevent Charlie Baker from turning this issue into a "state thrift versis Boston's profligacy" scenario, this is exactly the sort of thankless complicated issue that the Governor would love to bury under cliches and forget.
For that fact, the three democrats currently running for Governor are well advised to start talking up this issue and try and tag Baker a bit with it. What are Charlie Baker's plans regarding climate change anyway?  I'd love to know, because this one is knocking loudly at our doors right now.