'I like to think that the culture he's talking about is ...' Part II
That was fast.
... Adam's right
: Healey will be hammering away at it Monday as well. So what will Deval say about his powwow with Sal and Trav? He'll probably have to use a variation of the old I Have To Work With Them tactic, throwing in the syrupy 'inclusive' while balancing it with a contemptuous 'predictable' line about 'Republican playbook' attacks. What else can he say? He just got caught playing footsie with Sal and Trav. ...Update
-- Yep, he's already employing the I Have To Work With Them
tactic. ... Another interesting thing is that he's all but making a no-new-taxes pledge by saying he would cut spending and raise fees to close a deficit. Why doesn't he just make the pledge and remove doubt like the Phoenix urges? ... His brush off of his voting record was effective and impressive. ...Update II
-- BMG comes out swinging
on the Deval/Sal/Trav powwow. 1.) Excellent point on Kerry's new ad saying she can work with lawmakers. Message to Deval
: Use that counter argument Monday night! It's good! Message to Kerry
: Better figure out a counter-counter argument, fast! 2.) Stupid point on pointing out she obviously has 'no clue' about what happened behind closed doors, for none of us were in the room and so we can only 'very much doubt' exactly what was said and left 'guessing,' though it's beyond doubt that Doug Rubin backtracked on the very definition of 'culture' on Beacon Hill and that makes some people mighty nervous about what that means if we become a one-party state. 3.) I too would like to know more about Kerry's role in Melanie's Law, though if she has something to hide she could always claim it was done behind closed doors and fall back on a variation of BMG's trust-me line above and then change subjects too.
has a theory for why Deval isn't taking a no-new-taxes pledge. It makes perfect sense. Activist voters in Dem presidential primaries are very particular. ...