'Political newcomer Deval ...':
In the low-expectations game, Reilly was supposed to exceed the low expectations. He didn't.
He now has a first-class primary on his hands -- something his gubernatorial campaign had tried to avert as its first order of business. ... Wonder if Bill Galvin and others now regret not getting into the race. ... Much more at Blue Mass. Group
, which did an awesome job yesterday covering the caucuses. ... I admire Reilly reaching out to the center. No Dem candidate is going to win the general election without the support of Independents. Reilly gets it. The Progressive-Hack alliance doesn't. But the idea is to lock in a large percentage of the party faithful, then reach for the center. Reilly is failing at this. ... Time for thumb-sucking analysis about a possible Patrick nomination: I think he'd do better in a general election than some pundits might forecast. He's different. He's articulate. Even though he's now frolicking around in the P-H fields, he doesn't have a P-H track record per se. There's something suburban about him that tells me he knows what he needs to do and say in a general election. Whether it's enough to beat Republicans is too early to tell. ...'Smells like it's 80 percent true':
Strange book review
by Walter Isaacson of James Risen's 'State of War.'
Starts off with references to Nixon, Woodward and Bernstein (Hub Blog eyes roll at this early point), asserts the NYT printed its NSA articles when it did due to the book's publication (Hub Blog head nods in agreement), states NYT was probably being prudent in not publishing beforehand (huh?), and then floats the idea that the book in question might be only 80 percent true, which is better than being only 50 percent true (well, thanks!). ...'Start repeating 'fun' like a mantra':
Put down Mark
as now being skeptical about the big Celts trade. ... I must say this about the Celts: They hustle. There's an intensity on the court that I admire. I was watching yesterday's game on the tube and couldn't help but notice they're giving it their all. But the problems remain: No big man, no point guard. ... They're also wound too tight. There's no encouraging free flow to their game. ...