Saturday, February 06, 2010
AP photo of Palin at Tea Party Convention:
That snarl pretty much defines the Teabaggers.
Palin let her hair down, showing her aging. Perhaps she may display some wrinkles for 2012 as signs of maturity - but that will require use of the mute button.
It's Dick Cheney.
I find it ironic that the TP convention is taking place in Tennessee. They find the stimulus program to be so anathema and yet the Tennessee Valley Authority was one of the biggest stimulus programs this country has ever undertaken. What would Tennessee be like today if it had never been enacted.
Shag:If been expecting some Scott Brown insight from you for weeks. Or is your's a different Brookline?
I like that in the first picture of that AP photo set you can see another picture of her at the Tea party lecture. You can read notes she wrote on her palm with a pen. As kids did in High School to cheat on tests.
Same Brookline, which went heavily for Coakley. It's not the end of the world (just as Nixon/Agnew were not in '68, although they came close). I've been in MA since 1930 and recall Republican Senators such as Saltonstall, Lodge (Jr.) and Brooke. They were moderates and served MA well. Up to Brown's upset win, MA has had a good congressional delegation with all Dems. This is in contrast to politics at the state level, which is so heavily democratic. Until Gov. Patrick came along, we had 16 straight years of Republican governors who were for the most part ineffective unless willing to deal with the legislature, which they did. Voters enjoyed state reps/senators from their districts but not the legislature as a whole, so they voted those 16 years for Republican governors. Then Patrick came along and sought reforms, which were badly needed, but the heavily Democratic legislature did not go along. Thus, Patrick faces a battle this fall with his reelection bid.
Brown has to start campaigning shortly as his current term will end in three years. He may have to demonstrate to MA voters that he is not a mere obstructionist. He may have to guide his role as Senator with the manner in which Saltonstall, Lodge (jr.) and Brooke were effective as Republican Senators. He should be keeping his eye on Sens. Collins and Snowe in Maine, who just might become vulnerable if they continue in the lock-step of Senate Republicans as the party of NO.
"i'll get you, my pretty!"