Caroline delivered a message from Camelot. Teddy cranked up the crowd. Michelle Obama reached out to Hillary. If you’re a Democrat, irrespective of a Hillary or Barack fan, Monday’s kickoff to the Democratic National Convention had a little for everyone.
Tonight is Hillary’s night. Somewhere out there, Republican operatives are sticking needles in Democratic voodoo dolls hoping for a burp to continue this media-fanned divide between Hill and Barry. The production wizards are churning out television spots with every minor gaffe to try to widen the divide. Remember those Biblical words, paraphrased by Abe Lincoln, a house divided cannot stand, or something like that; well, John McCain has so many of them he cannot recall how to divide them. Nice problem to have. Methinks we’ll see a television spot on that too.
I couldn’t help think about the good time Mayor Bill Finch was having at the convention. Bird Man’s love for Kennedy politics inspired his first run for public office more than 30 years ago. Mention Kennedy politics to hizzoner, and you better pull up a chair for a romp through Camelot Country.
Interesting that the two combatants in one of the highest-profile congressional races in the country, Republican Christopher Shays and his Democratic opponent Jim Himes, have both decided to bag their respective party conventions to squeeze in extra campaign time at home.
Talk about fun. The two had a spontaneous debate Monday morning when the congressman decided to interlope Himes’ press conference denouncing lack of action on the long-dormant Congress Street Bridge connecting the East Side to downtown. Two ways to look at this from a strategic perspective: Shays wanted to get in his two cents because he felt his position on the bridge was being distorted. The potential downside is his appearance could turn a so-so story into something much larger while boosting the stature of his opponent.
Speaking of crashing parties, Shays is hosting a fundraiser today for Republican State Senate candidate Milton Johnson at the congressman’s home in Black Rock, 37 Beacon Street at 5:30 p.m. Milton says all OIB readers are welcome. What you want to donate is up to you. I wonder if Jim Himes will crash? It’s a great view of Black Rock Harbor.
Hey, what gives with the mayor calling a special meeting of the City Council–with the mayor, Chief of Staff Adam Wood and City Council President Tom McCarthy all at the convention in Denver–to talk about the boot-finder program to aid collection of motor vehicle taxes? The council wasn’t even asked to do anything. So Councilman Bob Walsh decided to give city bean counters the boot on Steelpointe. With the $4.5 million the city plugged into the budget from Steelpointe revenues now in jeopardy, Walsh wants to throw out the current developer and restart a selection process. That’s not going to happen; not any time soon, at least. But the short-term question remains: how does the city close the budget gap if the Steelpointe moolah doesn’t come in?
Answer: light a few candles, say a few prayers and boot a whole lot of vehicles!