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Friday, February 04, 2011

Herald "stunner"

OK, someone help me out here -- anyone see any experts "stunned" by Barney Frank's decision to announce for reelection this early?

The Mad Hatters of Herald Square are in full hyperbole this morning -- touting a rematch between the liberal curmudgeon and Sean Bielat, who got more words than votes in their November face-off.

The piece de resistance of the Tea Party Newsletter coverage is a subhead declaring: "GOP rival, experts stunned by reelection bid." I always thought a headline was supposed to capture the essence of a story, but I struggled to find anyone, except the "surprised" GOP hypeful, who was "stunned" by what is clearly a brilliant political move by Frank.

With this move, Frank puts considerable pressure on his Massachusetts House colleagues facing redistricting musical chairs. And he begins his own national fund-raising efforts to either match or top Bielat's out-of-state efforts -- or make him think twice.

Bielat is either more forthcoming with the Globe -- or the Herald more antsy to follow it's script -- saying his own plans are fluid based on "personal issues" and the outcome of redistricting.

Two years is an eternity in politics, particularly now when we experience a "wave" election every two years. But at least we know the Herald is ready to fight the last battle, making sure they report and decide, even when the facts aren't there to back them up.

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

So it seems that Mr. Frank believes that his seat will still be there after redistricting.

February 04, 2011 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last one to announce loses his seat.

February 04, 2011 9:11 AM  

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