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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Sunday, June 17, 2007

More points to ponder

Things to bounce around the recesses of your mind during your Father's Day barbecue...

  • Happy Anniversary G. Gordon Liddy. It was 35 years ago today that the Liddy-masterminded the "third-rate burglary" of Democratic National Committee headquarters started the process that brought down a presidency. Too bad both politics and journalism has been on a downhill track since then. And this guy makes Nixon look good.
  • First-rate chutzpah. Speaking of "this guy," the Crawford heat must be affecting his brain. George W. Bush castigating Democrats for out-of-control spending and irresponsible tax policy is about as credible as suggesting Paris Hilton is a valued contributor to American society. Bush the Magician almost single-handedly turned a surplus into a crippling deficit with budgetary sleight-of-hand like ignoring Iraq spending on the budget while cutting taxes for the rich.
  • I didn't mean it, honest. Joan Vennochi suggests "the Massachusetts liberal" is helping Myth Romney by doing silly things like rejecting marriage quality. I've been thinking the same thing for a while so now may be a good time to say "Mitt Romney is the greatest thing to happen to Massachusetts since sliced bread and he deserves our support, love and devotion." I must admit the same thought did occur to me. But Joan, I capitalize the "L" in liberal.
  • Click it for a ticket? Paul Levy offers an interesting e-commerce idea on how the Globe can attract the dollars it needs to stop its slide into "The New York Times: Massachusetts edition." Levy opines that by allowing the blogosphere a more robust presence on boston.com, the Globe and its masters could generate clicks and cash -- for itself and for bloggers eager to hitch their words to a more heavily read vehicle. Sort of like this.

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