'We don't need any distractions,' Part II:
Too little too late
on the DNC police front? ... The pressure could have and should have been applied earlier in this or in another fashion. But Dem leaders -- with the exception of Menino and Reilly -- balked at taking on a union that cynically knew how to push Dems' romanticized and beholden labor buttons. ... Congrats to Tom 'Colonel Kessler'
Nee: You're in the early stages of wrecking the DNC. Happy? I'm sure he is. The great offensive is working! The battle will go on and on and on! * ...
... Out-of-state delegates' decisions to skip DNC parties
in sympathy, ultimately, to the police union remind me of the NY delegation’s initial hesitation to hold a party in Southie: both decisions were/are based on clueless knowledge of what’s happening on the ground here. ... The mayor defused the NY situation by inviting the delegation's chairman to Southie, etc., etc. What can the mayor do about the police situation? How about sending delegates video cassettes of the 1988 press conference when the same union endorsed George Bush I, humiliating a local Democratic presidential candidate in the process. Attach a note to said video, saying, 'There's another component to this dispute.' See if out-of-state Dems can figure it out. Not that most in-state Dems have figured it out. ...
Am I the only one who suspects Mitt is reacting as much to Reilly's strong leadership as he is to actual security-related issues? ... Reilly: standing up to Billy and the boys, standing up to gay activists, standing up to a labor union. There's a pattern forming here.
* Note: Yes, Hub Blog magaged to squeeze in a Robert Shaw-Thomas Nee comparison. 'Battle of the Bulge'
: The best damn Saturday morning war movie of all time. ... 'Conrad, do you know what this means?' ... 'No.' ... 'The war will go on and on.' ... A classic.
Postpone the November elections? Part II:
OK, let's study the issue of possibly postponing elections
in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack. But the same WaPo editorial, which endorses the idea of possibly delaying elections, spells out all the reasons why it's such a bad idea, chief among them: politics will inevitably intrude in any decisions. ... I no longer trust this
administration's judgment. I have no doubt that any election postponement decision, if left to this administration, will ultimately come down to Karl Rove's latest reading of poll numbers. This is indeed about Madrid. ... Picture it: Whoa! A terrorist attack in Dade County? That's our county! Postpone the elections!