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October 1, 2012

Debate aka Out Here In the Jungle

by at 3:38 pm.

So it’s crazy around here…still only 4:30. I have to admit, Brown supporters are already living down to expectations…walking my way down Arcand Drive, I was trying to get a good shot of the visibility, and I’ll admit to trying to avoid the nearest Brown signs in the shot, and the sign holder in question screamed at me to “take his picture”… He continued to yell at my back as I kept walking away. That was the first in a series of classy things I witnessed already, including, just a few minutes ago, a Brown guy every loudly war whooping until his fellow Brown supporters hushed him. Happened too quick to pull out my camera.

First video up, having trouble embedding. Qik video of chanting.

Update 5:19: press creds obtained, ensconced with wifi and good eats. It’s good to be “media”!

Update 5:39: having been fed and watered, I’m going to head back outside for more action. Not much to do in here til the main show starts.

Update 6:18: some video. First, a jazz band for Warren.

Next, there were a lot more signs out there and I video’d wading through them.

And, a Kate Donoghue sighting!

Going to use comments from here on in.

Losing the Media/Debate Tonight

by at 9:34 am.

You can’t say it much better than this editorial in the Globe:

But none of that matters to Brown, who continues to assert, without evidence, that Warren claimed minority status falsely and for career gain. Their first debate had barely begun when the senator did an uncannily lifelike impression of ignorance: “Professor ­Warren claimed that she was a Native American, a person of color,” Brown said. “And, as you can see,” he continued, waving a hand in her direction, “she’s not.”

Yeah, because in 2012 it’s totally cool to point at somebody and say he or she can’t be a minority because they don’t look like one. (Close observers will see a clue here as to why Brown feels no need to fire staff members for their boorish behavior).
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If I’d grown up with those stories, I’d ­believe I had Native American heritage, too — just as my stories convince my fair child that he has Lebanese heritage. Why on earth would he think otherwise?

These editorials are coming thick and furious these days, even from not-often-Democratic-friendly columnists. Seriously, what can Brown be thinking??

Given the new ad, the doubling down on political tomahawking, expect more of the same at tonight’s debate. I fully anticipate he will: rererereattack her for “checking boxes,” attack her law work for Travelers despite the fact that victims of asbestos say she did GOOD work there, and I am betting good money on him bringing up the nonissue of the law license thing (which is just totally ridiculous, and just another conclusion in search of a premise, raised more for the optics of making Warren look shady than for any real reason of concern over her law work). Because, you see, it’s hard for us average voters to wade through the complex legal structures of state vs. federal courts, active and inactive bar memberships, what constitutes an “office” under obscure statutes, etc. Despite the many “gotcha” posts by the original conservative law blogger in question (I am not linking to him, you can find him on your own if you really want), it really is a matter of people doing some backseat lawyering without all the facts in their hands…aka rampant speculation. If you really want to dive in, this is a good place to start. And here is a crazy detailed outline as well. Warning: unless you love law stuff your eyes will start to glaze pretty quick.

Anyway, that leaves us with tonight’s debate. I believe Jack is attending, as am I, as media, so we will live-blog the affair starting, YES, this afternoon. Stay tuned!!

Unprecedented

by at 8:01 am.

Tonight? #magic8ball

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Certain Opinions Are Better .. #efhutton

by at 7:13 am.

I hope Dick Howe goes back to history and art, ’cause he’ll put all of us out of business.

I don’t usually comment on anything contained in the Sunday Lowell Sun “Column“, but one item this week caught my attention. It wasn’t that developer David Daly employed former city manager John Cox as a “consultant” on his proposal for a housing development on Westview Road, although that did explain a lot, especially the newspaper’s one-sided support for that project. (Note: I live on Westview and oppose the project). And it wasn’t that Daly, who I assume intends to continue doing business in Lowell into the future, took some very public and strong shots at state representative Kevin Murphy and Lowell Mayor Patrick Murphy, two guys with long memories and well-established political skills. No, the thing that really caught my attention was the section about former state senator Steve Panagiotakos predicting the defeat of not only Elizabeth Warren, but also of his former House colleague Colleen Garry, …

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