Mitt, on message
: Mitt came out swinging
. Or, more accurately, his running mate did. They’re going after the core weakness of O’Brien's candidacy: She’s part of the Beacon Hill system. Hub Blog is tempted to give Round I to Mitt, but Jane Swift got in the way. God, she’s something, ain’t she? ... Postscript: Massachusetts’ political reporters are all pumped up. Look at this lead in the Globe: “Wasting no time after primary ballots were counted, Democratic nominee Shannon P. O'Brien and Republican rival Mitt Romney opened their battle for the governor's office yesterday with a burst of harsh rhetoric, slashing attacks, and counterattacks.” Battle. Bursts of harsh rhetoric. Slashing attacks. Counterattacks. Yeah, they're pumped.