Monthly Archives: August 2012

Romney’s Norman Rockwell moment

Mitt Romney’s vision of America is right out of Norman Rockwell and the 1950’s. It’s out of step with the complexity of today’s world. His best line last night was, “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s … Continue reading

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Ann Romney pitch to women: polished and poll-driven

Mitt Romney quoted Popeye Sunday on Fox News, saying, “I am what I am, and that’s all what I am.”  (As hinted at by Scott Lehigh in today’s Globe, we don’t know if that’s Mitt 1.0, 2.0 or 5.0.)  Ann Romney’s job … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to Red Sox 2013

Trudging up to Yawkey Way from the Kenmore Square T stop last Friday, I tasted bile in contemplating the horrors of the 2012 team, a performance that defies description by all but the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessey.  I consoled myself that it was a picture … Continue reading

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Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s gift of gaffe

A gaffe has been defined as when a politician accidentally tells the truth.  Not that the content of Rep. Todd Akin’s statement about rape is the truth, but that what he said is what he really thinks.  It’s obvious. And he’s not … Continue reading

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Murdoch, Bloomberg call for GOP to have courage on immigration

News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Boston Tuesday to hail immigrants’ contributions to our economic vitality.  Touting the findings of a report by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the two … Continue reading

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Public opinion polls: take with grain of salt

Last week I was surveyed by the Gallup organization, confirming two things: first, that the venerable public opinion survey actually talks to real people, and second, that the results of questions they ask can’t possibly be a reliable reflection of, … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan a choice not an echo

Hang onto your Medicare.  It – and our whole relationship to government – could change radically under a Romney/Ryan administration. We could be in for an interesting ride. Strategically, Mitt Romney scored high in selecting Paul Ryan for his running … Continue reading

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Time to get smart, not scared, about the economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tuesday told an audience of teachers in Washington that both individuals and the larger economy could benefit from more and better financial education.  I never agreed more than when I learned that hedge fund leader … Continue reading

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Are Harry Reid’s questionable tactics working?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s most recent foray into presidential politics – claiming someone had told him that Mitt Romney had paid no taxes for ten years but refusing to corroborate the accuser’s name or the charge has the stench of McCarthyism.  During … Continue reading

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Gaming the games: the real Olympic spirit

One of my favorite childhood stories was the tale of Phidippides, the man who in 500 BC ran from Marathon to Athens, delivered the good news of a victory over Persia, and dropped dead from exhaustion.  As the story goes, that’s how the  modern … Continue reading

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