Picking through the leftovers of the holiday week...
- Glad somebody noticed. The Legislature went home for the year this week, passing 178 session laws, many not as scintillating as "An Act relative to the annual observance of Leopoldville Disaster Remembrance Day." As usual, the Globe offers more details on the editorial page than in the news pages. The session's most noteworthy achievement was what didn't happen -- the gay marriage constitutional amendment. An incomplete is a generous grade when you look at the to-do list catalogued by the Statehouse News Service (subscription required). Lots of work in January and beyond.
- Eliminate the income tax? That certainly would make the speaker's call for a 2009 casino debate an interesting one.
- Somehow you knew Myth would flip-flop. Our erstwhile governor is doing back flips to move away from his own judicial appointee, who has morphed from a career prosecutor to a Democrat right before our eyes. This is truly a Willie Hortonesque moment for the Mittser and I concur with Dan Kennedy that if only Mike Dukakis had tried the same tactic, who knows if we were be enduring the Revenge of Junior today.
- Another delay? What a surprise. Yet, it's all those darn Red Sox fans who are to blame for the latest delay in Kenmore Station renovations. Remember, you read it here first.
- Break up the Celtics? Nope, I'm having way too much fun. And how did Kobe really describe past Green Teams?
- A cruise to Antarctica? Glad everyone is safe, but a visit to the South Pole, in what is only mid-spring below the Equator?
- But I do like the metaphor. Gas prices hovering around three dollars a gallon. Oil flirting with the $100 a barrel mark. European tourists coming to sales tax-charging Massachusetts for bargains because the dollar is a joke. And the GOP candidates trying to scare the living you know what out of us. Yes, ship sinking after hitting an iceberg is a pretty apt metaphor.