Democratic playbook attacks Republican playbook!
The chairman of the state Democratic Party rips a page
from the Democratic playbook by playing the race card
to counter Republican playbook attacks! ... There are indeed playbooks for both parties. We can all agree on that, right? ... The idea Johnston should resign is absurd. He apologized. But he does have to watch what he says. After all, the Dem Party and Patrick's campaign are striving to 'become one.'
... Deval handled the small dust-up well, using what now strongly resembles Clinton-like casual brush-aside tactics. The guy is good
. ... Other campaign tidbits:
-- Adam Reilly
catches a very intriguing piece about Sen. Steven Baddour and Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, both Dems, saying nice things about Kerry while warning Deval he can't frighten centrist and conservative Dems and Independents with his lefty rhetoric. Now, if they're secretly backing Kerry, they should say so. But if they're sincerely backing Deval and mean what they say, then it makes perfect sense for Devalites to listen. There have indeed been mass defections from the Democratic Party -- both at the national and state levels -- and Dems simply can't deny it. But what does the emerging group-think mouthpiece
for Deval have to say? They denounce and accuse. Hey, guys: The center still matters.
-- I got cornered last night by an old scully-cap wearing friend, a Dem who still fondly talks about Ireland and James Michael Curley. I politely tried to brush him and his gin breath aside. I'm glad I failed. Here's roughly what he said (warning: strong language): "Hey, what do you think of this Deval guy? When I went into the voting booth, I didn't know who the fuck to vote for among the three. I went for Deval. Why the fuck not? We got to try something different. If he fucks up, it wouldn't be the first time I voted for a clown who fucked up at the State House." ... Not quite sure what to think. He's definitely not a moonbat. He's obviously sick of the status quo. He's just the type of guy Deval needs to get over the top. But will the Devalites listen to his non-cocoon views on issues? Will they denounce and accuse if he drifts too far from group think?