What’s in your wallet? Can you say Governor Alec Baldwin?

Ronald Reagan. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Clint Eastwood. Sonny Bono, Al Franken.  All actor/ entertainers who won roles as politicians in real life. Now here comes Alec Baldwin.  His MSNBC show , Up Late, which debuts tonight, may be the next step in his flirtation with politics.  At least, that's what Variety seems to think.  Baldwin may prove too …

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Elizabeth Warren still a breath of fresh air

Senator Elizabeth Warren, in office for less than two months, remains a breath of fresh air.  She comes to the body with experience, intellect and relative sophistication for a newcomer to the club.  She has been there before but is now calibrating her new role at the table. She is frustrated by the impending sequestration cuts, and decries the "mindless across-the-board …

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John Tierney: snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

Just as the Boston Herald was unable to sway voters with  obsessively demeaning Elizabeth Warren as an affirmative action princess "Fauxcohontas,"  so too did the Boston Globe fail to run John Tierney out of office, using barrels and barrels of ink to repeat the slimy story alleging Tierney must have known about the money that wife …

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Warren victory a high point

Massachusetts finally did it!  It elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.  And what a woman she is!  After a miserable campaign start, in which she turned off even her supporters by appearing too prim, preachy, professorial and sometimes suffocatingly earnest, Elizabeth Warren finally got it. As the campaign moved away from her disappointing handling of the nettlesome …

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Corrected post: Brown, Warren debate; Gregory the loser

After last night's Brown-Warren debate at UMass Lowell, co-sponsored by the Boston Herald, supporters of the two spilled into parking lots outside Tsongas Arena, arguing over which candidate won, but they were agreed that the clear loser was moderator David Gregory. As Dan Kennedy observed, it was "a miserable performance." Gregory spent a third of the time …

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Warren, Brown face to face for first time

She listened, she learned, and took a big step forward. For weeks, many  sympathetic to Elizabeth Warren’s US Senate candidacy have expressed exasperation at her campaign and her candidate skills. In this, the important first debate against her often affable opponent, incumbent Scott Brown, she more than held her own. Brown, in an overbearing  (television …

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Loosen up, Lizzie

When Elizabeth Warren walked out on the convention stage last night, smiling and waving, ebullient, she seemed to radiate personality and warmth.  That sparkle dissipated when she got into her stump speech, slightly expanded for the occasion.  Except for some references to small business owners in Malden, Franklin and Worcester, it was nevertheless a perfect …

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Big money mocks one person, one vote

That whoosh you hear is the sound of money, gobs of it, flying from wellheeled donors to political candidates and "independent" committees on behalf of candidates.  The roar is increasingly deafening especially when the money is coming from corporations and superPAC's (and, to a lesser extent, labor unions.  Corporations, Mitt Romney explains to us, are …

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The debate about debates: enough already

It's the next phase of silly season.  U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are to-ing and fro-ing about how often they'll debate one another and in what settings.  So far, she has agreed to four televised debates and he, to two televised debates and two radio debates.  Included among those she has agreed is one …

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With public figures, the personal gestures can unsettle

In 1978,  I was covering Republican U. S. Senator Ed Brooke’s reelection campaign for the Boston Phoenix.  Both on primary and election day,  I was glued to him. Where he went, I went.  Sometimes it was meet-and-greets with  people. Sometimes it was consultations with staff.  The possibility of defeat hung in the air, but he …

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