Thursday, February 21, 2019

Is Charlie Baker Bailing Out?

Granted he has lots of money on hand, and can raise millions more in legit and funny-money, indeed his chief strength as a candidate is his fundraising operation...yet I wonder, save a brief half hearted attempt to gin up a challenge to Ed Markey in 2020, we aren't hearing a lot about Charlie's future plans.
Which are to say the least, limited,  he is hated by the National Republican Party, he can hardly hope for an Ambassadorship let alone a Cabinet Post.  He'd need to start making moves now, if he wanted Ed Markey's Senate Seat, and I don't see a lot happening along those lines (I could be wrong though).
Granted the senatorial kaleidoscope remains clouded as long as Senior Senator Warren is running for President, potentially she could win giving Baker a shot at an open seat or a more cynical opportunity to appoint himself to the Senate temporarily and make the race as an incumbent.
After that, he could run for reelection, in 2022, he has plenty of cash on hand and no reason not to make that race. It is however the least creative option but then Baker has little imagination so it cannot be ruled out based on the scant evidence to date.
So I wonder maybe he is bailing? Ergo this is his last term...He is pressing for a real estate tax that'll be used to harden the Commonwealth against Climate Change (a rare good idea given shifting weather patterns). That has to be a revenue decision anathema to the GOP Primary, its also the sort of decision someone who isn't running again might make...
Then again Lt Governor Karyn Polito has been quietly settling up old campaign debts, that is always the first thing one does when one is needs to start fundraising in earnest...because you are envisioning an expensive state wide race.
Maybe Baker is out, my only question is, will he serve out his second term or find an excuse to resign and hand over the governorship to Polito so she can run as an incumbent circa 2022?



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I am not sure it matters whether or not

Attorney General Barr releases The Full Mueller Report or a redacted summary, I feel pretty sure that if the Full Report is not released, it'll leak within Forty Eight Hours.  Its a chaotic mismanaged White House we have in DC, they make bloodcurdling threats that they almost never back up, this, and the fear of legal retribution, "brand harm" or a damaged reputation down the line strongly encourages leakers and whistle blowers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

So When is Vice President's Day?

Y'know that day of days when we celebrate the Democratic Vision of Hubert H. Humphrey, the Stern Jeffersonian Ethos of John Nance Garner or even the Subtle Wit of Thomas R. Marshall...?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Have No Fear...Bill Weld is Here!!!

The Ubiquitous Knight of the Charles River Swan Dive and Former Governor of Massachusetts has formed a Presidential Exploratory  Committee with the intention of challenging Donald Trump in the GOP Presidential Primaries next year.
Lets face it, Weld is a hapless has-been, he is as old as dirt, utterly inconstant & irresolute, he's left the GOP, endorsed democrats, run as a libertarian, he hasn't held office since the late 1990's, the man is Harold Stassen incarnate at this point.
I'll gloss over the fact he's been pro-choice, up until now and he is running in a famously pro-life series of primaries, Ghod only knows where the money will come from to finance this latest example of Weldian windmill jousting.  Moreover the political graveyards of this republic are full of men and women who bet the mortgage on "Principled GOP opposition to Donald Trump".
So I give Bill Weld very long odds indeed, if he makes his nickels squeak he might hang in there thru South Carolina, but does anyone think he can do any business at all in Texas or Alabama or any of the "MAGA Primaries"?
I say he cashes his check by March 2019.
On the other hand, The Boston Globe clearly loves Bill Weld that is a useful thing to have in the NH Primary where independent voters can pull party ballots, but we are a long way from any scenario where Weld sets NH aflame with an Anti-Trump Backlash.




Thursday, February 14, 2019

Oh Thank God, GE is still coming to Boston...

But the tottering corporate giant is clearly coming here To Die amidst a Historic Setting.  They've even pre-paid the funeral by giving back to the Commonwealth some eighty seven million dollars in tax breaks.
For that kind of money, we can expect all of Beacon Hill to start looking for a nice stately burial plot for GE in Mount Auburn Cemetery...Hell for eighty-seven large, General Electric can hire the entire Great & General Court AND the Boston City Council to serve as pallbearers and gravediggers.
 Is it me, but will this boondoggle redound to the discredit of Governor Baker at all??? I mean he practically flopped over on his back and panted like a dog for a corporate headquarters that is down to a bare two hundred people.  This is what happens when libertarian minded republicans try to pick winners....
To say nothing of the black eye this gives Mayor Walsh, he was out there every day banging the pots for GE, neither of them look very good quite frankly.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Check this out!

The Southern Baptist Convention has a clerical sex abuse scandal all its own!  And lo and behold, they are just as lethargic as the RCC when it comes to countermeasures and transparency! I'd laugh but its all too tragic, its getting so the last place you want to take your kid, is church.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Its been a banner week on the Op Ed Page of the Boston Globe...

Joan Vennochi insists Senator Elizabeth Warren is doomed, (big surprise there huh?) and Scot Lehigh has sighed turned over and decided that Bill Weld is Our Only Hope to defeat Trump!
I love these guys, you could set your watch to them.
This quote from Lehigh pretty sums it all up:
"And in states where unenrolled voters can take a Republican primary ballot, he (Bill Weld) certainly could attract socially libertarian, fiscally moderate independents".
Its like Scot has hooked up the bleached skeleton of GOP Moderation to an EKG and he just sits there week after week month after month waiting for the damn machine to go "beep!"
Quite frankly if "socially libertarian, fiscally moderate independents" were gonna somehow save us all, they'd a done it by now! Where the hell were they on Election Day 2016 Huh?
I'll tell you where they were, they were making a bad deal with Donald Trump for "pennies on the dollar" with no thought in their heads as to the good of the nation or what might be best for the GOP, thats what they were doing!
Why?
Who knows "because her emails" or maybe "Al Gore invented the internet" or Willy Horton or whatever...but like most people who make chronically bad decisions, they are never gonna walk any of it back and so will likely Vote for Trump come 2020.
It sure sounds like Weld has got Lehigh back on his speed dial, he may not have much of a chance within or without the GOP primary but his hypnotic hold on the Boston Globe's Op Ed Page is as strong as ever.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

What do...

Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin & Nancy Pelosi have in common?

They All Seem to Have Figured Trump Out, and to Trump's disadvantage as well...Look at the sheer studied contempt in this photo, it is chilling.


Friday, February 01, 2019

The merest murmur of Aspirations

on the part of Former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld and like a well trained cadre of teenyboppers "The Bill Weld Fan Club" convenes on the front page of the Boston Globe.

I've said it before, I've said it a thousand times, the Boston Globe is mysteriously besotted with the political aspirations of Bill Weld, no matter how inconsequence or casual they may be.  They just love him, his detachment, his insolence his casual WASPy contempt for humanity...its make's em' pant...
This time Weld may run for President, either as a Libertarian (assuming that twitchy cohort consents to nominate him) or else a direct challenge to Trump in the Primaries as a Republican.  True to Weldian form, there are strong drawbacks to both options; in 2016 Weld pledged heart mind and soul (such as it is) to the Libertarian Cause, backing off on that now would be very..."Weld-Like", but would look like rank opportunism to the rest of Us.  Plus you have to factor in the perennial also ran status of the Libertarian Party and sure-as-shooting they'll never secure a berth at the Debates in the Fall.
Weld running as a Republican just means he'll be crushed by the time he reaches the Florida Primary with little to show from his Quixotic Charge for Glory. The Former Governor has to be astute enough to realize that Trump's opposition within the GOP is fatally divided, isolated and limited to rhetorical gusts only.
Moreover, in both scenarios, where the hell is the money gonna come from???
No its time to face facts, Bill Weld is a washed up hack, a jobber, he got bored with being Governor, couldn't get elected to the US Senate, couldn't get a hearing on his appointment as Ambassador to Mexico, couldn't get nominated for Governor of New York and didn't get elected Vice President. Bill Weld isn't a hero, he is a mess, a seventy four year old tattered, ruined, over the hill joke of a politician, More Harold Stassen than anything else these days.
If I had to guess he'll run as a Libertarian and never be heard from again, save for the Boston Globe camping out all night on his stoop to get his autograph first thing in the morning....



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I certainly hope...

that Governor Baker's Boston Globe Delivery isn't delayed by the doomsday cold tomorrow, otherwise he won't be "current" on the latest round of indictments at the State Police Indictments resultant from the ever unfolding overtime scandal.
I'm past the point of snark, I don't think the Governor will ever fire anyone at the State Police at this point, the silence that grips all of Beacon Hill in respect of this sordid matter is nigh deafening.  We are literally relying on Donald Trump's Federal Government to clean the Augean Stables for us.
At the very least, the Governor is well within his rights to create a commission with subpoena power to at least investigate and make recommendations...But no, this is Massachusetts, land where no one criticizes the police or the public sector unions...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Joanie Vennochi...

has finally found a democrat with whom she can openly bond, US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  Apparently Joanie likes it when Nancy goes "The Full Thatcher" on Donald Trump. Normally  Joanie simply calls democrats who resist bullies and democrats who submit wimps...but I guess "there is something  about Nancy".
Meanwhile the Red Sox have put off their Championship visit to the White House until the next time they are within a fifty mile radius of DC, which will be...In May.
My own personal theory is that the Red Sox are hoping against hope that Pelosi will be President by then...
A Faint Hope, but stranger things have happened.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Charlie Baker is

never more paradoxically a conservative, than when he is eagerly expanding the state's power to reward and punish...public education.
Case in point, Lumpy has filed legislation that increases the Education Commissioners power and authority to withhold funds from districts that don't meet the entirely state mandated expectations.
What defines both "Expectations" and "Underperformance"?
Classroom Metrics mah frenz, aka "standardized testing", something that was once sold to us years ago as the legislatures "price" for making a bigger inve$tment in public education.
Now, here is the tricky part, normally conservatives decry expansions in the State's Sanctioning Power, but if at the end of the process they end up with a stronger case for more charter schools (movement conservatism's prized utopian delusion to privatize all education the USA) then they'll keep it on the down low.
And that...is what I think, our famously sneaky passive-aggressive Governor is after here, repositioning the charter school argument.
Frankly if it was left up to me, I'd argue we've "maxed out" all the benefit we can extract from classroom metrics and ought to start concentrating on teacher retention, turnover in public school settings is incredibly high.  Most teachers last about five years and then move on into the private sector.  We'd extract a vast cost and experience windfall just by concentrating on holding onto experienced cadres as well as improving the training of incoming teachers.  But of course, this is the age of metrics and legislatures that empower themselves as boards of pedagogy & Governor's that serve a malign utopian belief system, by comparison my poor notion is mere common sense and thus...a non starter.


Monday, January 21, 2019

On this "Martin Luther King Jr. Day"

let me note, that over the weekend, Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby announced "The End of Racism" in the USA.  This is an observation, worthy of a Nobel Prize or it would be if Committee gave such honors for achievements in the field of Obtuseness.
I myself was prone to this notion once, for about five minutes a decade ago, but by the time I'd gotten ten minutes into the TV news the idea was obliterated, sadly.
No, racism abides, it adapts to it's environment in a Darwinian fashion and just goes on oozing away regardless of good or bad times.
I'll believe in it's disappearance not when the Police stop shooting young black men in the back but rather when the cops start shooting unarmed white conservative pundits...
Oh I know,
That was harsh.
Let me turn the page over to Dr. King for a healing dose of sanity:
 "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brexit, stage right...

My prediction is, Theresa May's Brexit Plan will not get the approval of parliament today, either it'll be voted down or withdrawn in the face of defeat. Perhaps the Tories will make one more attempt for an up down vote, but I think, this will end in an uncontrolled "Hard Brexit" next month.  I don't think thats the end of Theresa May's Government at least for the short term, the PM has a Netanyahu-like talent for stitching together a tattered coalition by which to cling to power.  What she has to fear, is a vote of no confidence and another general election, May had thin margins last time and complete uncontrolled diplomatic & economic chaos is hardly a bouncy upbeat message for the British Electorate.
Under the above scenario, a lot depends on what the Labor Opposition defines as "the opportune moment" to call for a vote of no confidence, in the lead up to a "Hard Brexit" or take a chance on complete chaos presumably attending on the aftermath?
I'd never discount Theresa May's capacity to survive certain electoral destruction, but the odds are getting longer every day and she has fewer and fewer carrots and sticks to apply to the problem.

Monday, January 14, 2019

EVEN IF...

I thought some endless "Wall" or "Steel Fence" down on the border of Mexico was the alleged answer to the problem of illegal immigration....and it is not, Donald J. Trump is the last person on Earth I'd pick to bring such a useless boondoggle to fruition.  The Man is a Hopelessly Compromised F**k Up of epic proportions, if he ever actually builds the goddamn thing, it'll fall to pieces inside of two weeks, count on it.  Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer are well within their rights to dig in their feels and take a hard line against President Trump's shut down, its economic hostage taking and a bones-hunting on a grand scale...the public knows it, the polls are all against this stupid scheme.


Monday, January 07, 2019

Spiking the Homeless...

The Ma Department of Transport put a series of spikes in a Route 2 underpass favored as shelter by the Homeless in Fresh Pond, the Town of Arlington is to say the least nonplussed...even chagrined by this decision.
Frankly that whole area is an ongoing hotel-zone so to speak for The Indigent, if you walk up the path that parallels the Little River towards Belmont, count on it you'll find a tent pitched or some other homeless encampment.
A holistic approach is called for, in my humble opinion, however for the moment perhaps Lumpy AKA Governor Charlie Baker can take time out of his busy schedule of raising funny money and running a Victory Lap around the State and maybe I dunno...look into the problem?
Maybe he could get the spikes taken down, its a barbaric measure to say the least...

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

If I was the RNC I wouldn't be worried about

"Senator"Mitt Romney's critical Op-ed piece about Trump, The Freshman from Utah hasn't got the fortitude Ghod Gave a Dunkin Donuts Cruller, he'll walk it back before the weekend I promise you.
To stand up to Trump within the GOP, would require something Mitt doesn't have, that is to say, courage, he's never displayed an iota of it before and he won't start now.
Besides its hardly a Jeremiad that Romney composed, The President...has not risen to the mantle of the office.”this ain't Cromwell's dismissal of the Rump Parliament believe me.
Like his stance on Abortion, Romney has been pro Trump Twice, and against two more times that is if you include his fitful negotiations to be Trump's Secretary of State as an embrace of the current President.
I will be blunt, I doubt that Mitt Romney has the money, the courage or the even the ability to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020...he is at best mildly criticizing Trump without committing any resources or incurring any risks.
In short, "Vintage Romney".