September 26, 2006

Fall in New England

As the weather gets cold like Kerry Healy’s treatment of the “3rd Party” candidates
the leaves start to turn the color of Christy Mihos’ tan
The weather becomes calmer like Deval Patrick’s demeanor
and people feel great just to be here, like Grace Ross at a debate.

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Posted by James at September 26, 2006 4:05 PM
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Not embarassed to make jokes about Mr. Mihos' tan.

Maybe I'm just peeved that the debate was on so early and I only caught the end. Or that the Fox commentary on the debate was less insightful than my stupid little post above and only half as entertaining. Pick one or the other.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 4:33 PM

I missed it (had no idea it was on) but caught some of the next-day "analysis" on ch. 25 this morning (hate 'em, but they are the only station that does a local show after 7). They kept saying how badly Healy did. They did talk about the other candidates, but only in relation to how their performances affected Healy's.

They also claimed that Healy was at a disadvantage because, unlike Patrick who was sitting next to Ross, she had to sit next to a "strong candidate" (i.e. Mihos). LOL, if Healy was sitting next to Mihos, then Mihos was sitting next to Healy; but none of those commentators said anything about Mihos sitting next to a "strong candidate." :-)

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 5:07 PM

My quick-take (I promise not to be too insightful) is that Mihos beat up on Healy all evening, allowing Patrick to sit back and watch the fun. In a way, Patrick remained above the fray because Mihos did the job of attacking Healy, while Patrick could focus on his desire to bring leadership to the Governor's office and "good ideas" of his own and from the other candidates.

From one standpoint, Mihos won by making the most noise and the greatest impression. But if you're going for the person who looks most like a governor, nothing helps like having someone else do the attacking so you can sit back and look gubernatorial. Patrick may have gotten the biggest boost.

Everyone (except Romney) seems to agree on who lost. Healy.

I hope I get to see the next debate. It seems like the perceived weaknesses of Deval Patrick are income taxes and immigration.

One is am old conservative canard, oversimplifying a complex question. The other seems to be a new conservative canard, inserted into the debate to distract from the real problems of the commonwealth. Like people leaving the state.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 5:45 PM

Massachusetts has to secure its borders! I think we need to ask each candidate where they stand on a plan to build a barrier of rip-wrap around the entire state.

Posted by: briwei at September 26, 2006 6:32 PM

Oh, sure, *now* you say that... now that you're out. Where were your great ideas when you were here?

Posted by: at September 27, 2006 6:55 AM

I didn't watch, but a friend told me when the discussion of Big Dig cost overruns came around, Mihos turned to Healey and said "This is your fault," meaning the Romney/Healey administration.

HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

Of course, the next day, Healey was complaining about how voters were distracted by the "noise" (read: Mihos) and that she simply must have a one-on-one debate with Patrick.

Well wah wah wah and boo hoo hoo!

Oh, Brian, if only you were here to see Mihos's cartoon ad. He walks up to politicians and asks how the Big Dig got so out of control. They say things like, "Well, you see, it's like this..." and then they all stuff their heads up their behinds, leaving them to hop around.

Oh, these ads make me cry with laughter! I will of course vote for Patrick, but I do so love these ads (and, of course, the siphoning of attention and, potentially, votes from Healey).

Posted by: Patti M. at September 27, 2006 8:18 AM

Does she seriously think that getting Mihos (and Ross) out of the picture and debating Patrick directly is going to make things easier for her? They could very well make things worse!

The Fox morning show I mentioned yesterday ran the Mihos cartoon ad during their "analysis," essentially giving him a freebie. (The ad ran again a few minutes later, but presumably Mihos would have paid for that one.)

You have to laugh. There aren't a lot of places in the USA where a Fox news program would slam the local Republican candidate. Granted Mihos is not exactly a flaming liberal either, but it cracks me up that they're letting Healy fend for herself.

Posted by: Julie at September 27, 2006 9:45 AM

You can see the Mihos ad in question at:

Posted by: James at September 27, 2006 10:12 AM

Those commercials sound like a hoot. I wish we had someone like Mihos out here to harrass the Governator. Can you believe that the Democrat running against him is trailing by 17 points?!?

Posted by: briwei at September 27, 2006 11:44 AM

James, I must confess, I have been cursing you all day. This blog entry title ("Fall in New England") has caused me to hum and sing (in my head) Barry Manilow's "Weekend in New England":

Time in New England
Took me away
To long rocky beaches
--and you, by the bay
We started a story
Whose end must now wait

And, tell me
When will our eyes meet
When can I touch you
When will this strong yearning end
And when Will I hold you again


Curse you!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 27, 2006 2:46 PM

Quick - put some Britney Spears on.

Posted by: James at September 27, 2006 3:17 PM


Posted by: Patti M. at September 27, 2006 3:28 PM

What would Britney and Barry's love child be like?

Posted by: briwei at September 29, 2006 12:41 PM

Oh, my brain!

I beseech you--stop! Stop in the name of all things tasteful!!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 29, 2006 2:41 PM

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