The Chimes at Midnight
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Jeff Jacoby's Column in Today's Globe
is a nigh perfect primer in Bill Weld's Particular Power of Boomer Mesmerism. Jeff lists in excruciating detail all the different ways Weld fell short of the Conservative Eschaton when he was Governor (including his bromance with His Infernal Majesty, Senate President Billy Bulger) and then sighs flops over on his back and breathily endorses Weld's Vice Presidential Candidacy on the Libertarian Ticket.
I just don't get it....but in there in an inexplicable power in Bill Weld's mixture of ready ennui, sloppiness and insolence and it makes Boston Globe Columnists of all genders and persuasions just plotz.
Or else Trump really has Jacoby in a Box....but geez if your last hope is an inconstant jobber like Bill Weld you have reached rock bottom indeed.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Oh and It's Bill Weld's Big Clever Plan
To throw the November General Election into the US House of Representatives assuming a spirited & "successful" campaign from the 2016 Libertarian Ticket.
There is a lot of reasons that this is really a very stupid idea....
Notably the election hasn't been determined in the US House since 1876, 2000 notwithstanding since the issue was never remanded to Congress as stipulated by The Constitution. Thanks to the Late Judge Scalia I'm not sure another close election will ever be referred to the US House ever again, someday movement conservatives will realize why that is a very very bad innovation indeed.
But lets just say, that the Libertarians do somehow run a close enough race to throw the election into the US House for Resolution. Does Weld really think he can somehow persuade the worst and lowest of the South's Notorious Rotten Boroughs to break with their party and vote fer Gary & Bill? At best this scenario only compromises the integrity of the consequent President...which will likely be Trump...Because I have no doubt they'll pass right over Hilary Clinton even if she wins the majority at the polls and in the electoral college.
No this whole bizarro scenario is nothing but a passive aggressive endorsement of Donald Trump courtesy that Boomer Hero, Bill Weld.
Realistically speaking, third parties have a poor history for forcing elections into the US House even if that is their only real chance at Glory. No...normally they skew the vote enough to deform the outcome for one of the major parties. George Wallace nearly got Humprey in circa 1968 and Ralph Nader's influence in 2000 need not be recounted here.
So maybe Weld might do the democrats some unintentional good...assuming he stays on the ticket and doesn't get sick of begging off earnest chats about Ayn Rand by Labor Day.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Bill Weld is seriously about running for Vice President on the Libertarian Ticket this year....at least he is, for now.
I doubt he'll last til Labor Day though, Weld is is nothing if not noted for his whimsical cupidity....ergo he gets bored easily.
And at the moment he must be almightily bored to willingly enroll himself in the ranks of Fielding Wright, Glenn Taylor, Curtis LeMay, Pat Lucey, James Stockdale and the jobbers that cluttered up Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan's respective tickets.
An obscure bunch with a zombie embrace just waitin' for Bill Weld.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
My Ghod but...
The Boston Globe will report most credulously any whimsical notion that features Bill Weld in a New Political Role.
Today they repeat the current rumor that Gary Johnson wants Weld to run as his Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate this fall.
Conveniently Weld is unavailable for comment (bad hangover? Who Can Say?)....but it's just the sort of slightly demented move from Weld(US Senator, Ambassador to Mexico, Governor of New York) that Globe buys into every damn time.
That guy is literally Shakespeare's Proverbial "Imp of Fortune" the aging boomers holding the last ditch in the Globe's newsroom, just love Bill Weld...they just do. Something about the ex governor's snarky sloppy indolence speaks to them on a weird nonverbal level.
I doubt Weld will take the bait from the Libertarians when push comes to shove for some very practical reasons I don't think he can stand up to the peculiar rigors of a third party vice presidential candidacy without embarrassing himself.
I can't put it more bluntly than that.
I'm idly curious though how credible a ticket Johnson can assemble under the circumstances given all the hot air the Anti Trumps like Mitt Romney have emitted these last two weeks....
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The World's First "Hoo-Hah Transplant"
is relegated to the Metro Section of the Boston Globe and described therein as "Cutting Edge Reconstructive Surgery"......No Irony Intended Assuredly.
Meanwhile the epic event skipped the Front Page of the allegedly lowbrow "Boston Herald", buncha slackers over in One Herald Square Fur Shurrr.
Hey it can't all be AntiTrump Snarkage.....
Monday, May 16, 2016
We are gettin' close to...
"Fish or Cut Bait Time" for Bernie Sanders. The numbers don't favor an upset at the democratic national convention this summer to say the least. Granted he has a fervid voter base and he clearly wants to influence the party platform....but at the end of the day he won't be nominated and the irony behind that is, the impetus for party unity has to come from the disappointed party.
Just sayin....staying in the race just prolongs the agony and complicates the necessity of party unity.
At this point it makes more sense to "bid out" for certain platform planks and maybe a say in the Vice Presidential Nomination in return for a campaign suspension.
An outright endorsement would have to wait for the convention itself if not later.
Will any of this happen?
Likely not, as I said Sanders has a devoted aggressive following, the worst of them are slandering Hillary Clinton up and down social media even as I write this...that makes it hard to cut a deal and withdraw with honor. Moreover, from what I can see Sanders has a touch of Eugene McCarthy about him, in that he may not be able to deliver his followers en masse when push comes to shove.
Senator Sanders is an Honorable Man and I hope he can prepare for an Honorable Exit from the race, one that does not advantage Donald Trump.
Speaking of Trump, anyone else hearing any bleating about a brokered convention or a bolt from the GOP? Assuredly that noise is all fading into the background, Trump has his enemies but they are prepared to generate as good a hologram of unity at the GOP convention as possible.
Just remember these are movement conservatives they are good at talking tough and selling out....which means we democrats have to start getting our sh*t together.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Current Polling Indicates
that Charlie Baker is The Most Popular Governor in the USA.
Despite pussyfooting on transgender rights, despite being a blustery do nothing on public transportation and regardless of his unhealthy fixation on Charter Schools.
But lets face facts, the public is prone to liking the moderate republican pose because its soooo low maintenance, one can comfortably enter a trance without paying any attention to the Administration At All.
And that basically is the source of Charlie's popularity he can safely be ignored.
Granted no one in the Lege can get the guy on the phone and given his lack of any imprint anywhere else we can deduce that his current high approval ratings are designed to re-election his ass in 2018 and nothing else.
What happens after that no one can say, but if I was the democratic state committee I'd keep a weather eye on Ed Markey's seat in the US Senate.
You heard it here first yo....