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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Let the finger pointing begin

Mitt Romney took time out from his New Hampshire vacation to come down and visit Boston, pose for the obligatory pictures showing him touring the site of the Big Dig collapse and working with staff. He then came up with his usual lame call for Matt Amorello's departure.

Whether Amorello stays or goes at this point is really a moot question. The incompetence that has marked the Big Dig's construction has many, many villains. Their names also include Kerasiotes, Natsios, Weld, Cellucci and Swift. For that matter, add the name Reilly, who has done a slow motion investigation of cost overruns until he got campaign year religion.

Since the Mittser is engaging in fingerpointing because he doesn't know what else to do -- let's add some admittedly partisan perspective since this will now be a major campaign issue. And that perspective says that every name above, with the exception of Reilly, carries an "R" after it.

Republican competence can be summed up in two words: Big Dig. From the days of Jim Kerasiotes lying through his teeth about the project being on time and on budget (word echoed by Cellucci during a gubernatorial campaign), the Weld, Cellucci, Swift and Romney appointees have continued to produce a project noteworthy for its cost overruns, shoddy construction and all-round incompetence.

Sort of reminds you of Iraq? Substitute Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bechtel and Modern Continental for Halliburton and you won't be far off the mark.

So remember, when Kerry Healey calls for another Republican in the Corner Office to keep a tab on the Democrats in the Legislature, those boyos had virtually nothing to do with this killer embarrassment called the Big Dig.

Oh, and a note to the pundits who think Mitt is the best thing since sliced bread among the GOP republican candidates (he's running?): Don't just read the press releases. Pay attention to what's happening in his state.


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