Mitt’s nice-guy instincts, the Dersh and a superficial Sox analysis:
From Reader No. 1 on various posts:
“-- A quick reaction to your Romney post about the governor's political instincts
: it would be surprising if he did show particularly strong political and legislative instincts given his background, and that's not why he was elected. Let me offer a different explanation: Romney's behavior pre-and post-election suggests that being liked is one of his highest values. This leads him not to get out aggressively and directly on issues but instead delegate to lightning-rods like Fehrnstorm. Mitt is genuinely a nice guy. And we know what happens to nice guys.
“-- Nice job by Alan Dershowitz
today recapping the REAL reasons President Bulger is/should be in hot water (and recapping 75 State Street, the dog that didn't bark in BLACK MASS but not for the authors' lack of effort). The Attorney General getting booed at the Dem Party annual conference says volumes about the morality of our state's majority party.
“ -- HubBlog's suggestion that there is a relationship between the Hillenbrand trade and the Red Sox recent play
is superficially interesting. But Hillenbrand's two contributions were RBIs and 1st base defense, and the Sox problem since that trade has been abysmal pitching. ...
“-- Two last thoughts on Pedro, but first, I don't get the Bill Russell comparison
, perhaps Hubblog could elaborate?
“Thought #1: in evaluating Pedro's defense of Sammy Sosa, we should not expect any more thoughtful commentary on ethnicity, or almost any other topic, from a professional athlete than we would from any other citizen of the planet. Pedro said a silly thing; let's move on.
“Thought #2: I don't know nor pretend to know Pedro, but from this vantage point it seems that he might need a chip on his shoulder as part of his motivation. He's still steamed about being traded by the Dodgers, being held out of one start by Jimy Williams, etc. (Somewhat Clemens-like.) One might look at the Sammy controversy as a way that Pedro is trying to motivate PEDRO.”
Hub Blog’s response
: Re the Bill Russell comparison: They’re both intense, stubborn, sometimes angry egomaniacs who want to win and aren’t afraid of saying what they think on thorny issues, including racial issues, right or wrong. ... OK, so it’s not one of my better comparisons. But I still love ‘em both.