Markey, Kennedy fight nasty with 20 days left

Two genuinely decent men and upstanding elected officials got really unpleasant in Tuesday night's U.S. Senate debate.  Four-term Congressman Joe Kennedy III had a more polished and coherent presentation than in previous debates. Four decade former Congressman, now Senator Ed Markey, after a slow start, finished strong. But the whole event just made me want …

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Deval Patrick: too little, too late or a ray of sunshine?

There is no better campaigner than Deval Patrick. He's charismatic, warm, visionary and inspirational.  He appeals to our better sides, and has the kind of personality that really could help to heal the searing wounds of division. That he is African-American indicates his potential appeal to a constituency whose enthusiasm is essential to a Democratic …

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Dem debate 3: is there a winner in the bunch?

Most days I am seething and  grinding my teeth.  Sometimes Donald Trump makes me feel like Jean Giraudoux' Madwoman of Chaillot, about a disillusioned idealist who wants to "rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers." Words fail me. Tearing my hair out will be useless. Work, study and other civic commitments are but a …

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Dems first debate: too soon for judging winners and losers?

Did we really shift from a Biden-someone to a Warren-Castro  to Harris-Buttigieg "winning" ticket overnight?  Unlikely. We are at a blip in time. There's a long way to go. Remember the lack of poll and pundit support Donald Trump had after his first debates?  Remember George W. Bush "lost" a major presidential debate to John …

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Dems debate hidden between football and Downton Abbey

You had to be a 32nd degree political junkie to find and watch the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses. Thanks to Hillary godmother and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, last night's Democratic debate had 7.8 million voters, about half the audience for the first Democratic debate in October.  While, as my friend Dan …

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