Thanks for keeping track of the death pool, Calvin!
to all: Howie show ping, also a column below.
Youre Sal, and youre fit to be tied
By Howie Carr | Friday, March 28, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Youre Sal DiMasi, and youre fit to be tied Youre House Speaker Sal DiMasi , and this is what you understand about yesterdays front-page story in The New York Times [NYT].
Its not about you,; its not even about Deval Patrick, that no-good dime-dropping bleepity-bleep. Its about Barack Obama, and whether or not Massachusetts fading enthusiasm for hope, opportunity and moonbat-ism could be a national model for an Obama administration.
Youre Sal DiMasi , and you get that. This whole national infatuation with the black candidate is like the romance Massachusetts endured in 2006. And here in Boston, its following the same pattern of a romance. First discovery, then infatuation, then familiarity and, finally, contempt.
Like the contempt you have for Deval.
But still, why was the story about Deval on the front page? Above the fold? This is the first time anything political in Boston involving the North End has been on the Times front page since Joey Prevost Anzalones $1 townhouse back in 1983. When Mayor Kevin White was running around the Parkman House waving the paper around and yelling, What are they thinkin in the Kremlin when they read this? The Times puts a story on Page One - about a house! In Boston! Mother o God!
Youre Sal DiMasi, and all the news thats fit to print is that you embrace old-school ways of doing business. On Hanover Street, they spell that H-A-C-K.
Youre Sal DiMasi, and you understand how these things work. Deval is incompetent, but no one, least of all The New York Times, can admit that, for the obvious reason that - well, you know. So they need a villain. And you, Sal DiMasi, are white, middle-aged and ethnic. If only you were a little shorter.
They did everything but call you the Joe Bruno of Boston.
Youre Sal DiMasi, and in all the papers you have henchmen, while Deval has aides. He goes on trade missions, you take junkets. The money that Deval appropriates, you funnel.
Every morning a new drive-by shooting in the newspapers,; thank God theyre using BB guns so far. Golfing dates, film festivals - empanel a grand jury already, we got a crime wave here.
Youre Sal DiMasi, and you know which of Devals coatholders is behind all this, and you will deal with Doug Rubin in your own good time.
But you understand the context here. When most people in Massachusetts read the word Speaker, they think felon.
Which is only to be expected, because your immediate predecessor as speaker, Tommy Taxes Finneran, is a convicted felon. And his immediate predecessor, Good Time Charlie Flaherty , is likewise a convicted felon.
Youre Sal DiMasi , and youd just as soon keep this fight local. Youve got enough headaches with your own seething membership to deal with - starting with all of Felon Finnerans minions that you demoted, led by Jolly John Rogers.
You dont want Finneran to get control of the House again after youre gone, but your crew is running short on talent - Ron Mariano, Petro. You dont need tough guys, you need intelligent tough guys.
So The New York Times thinks its too soon to predict whether Mr. Patrick will ascend beyond state politics, as so many other Massachusetts lawmakers have done.
Ascend? Surely they meant to say, tried to ascend, but failed miserably. Ted Kennedy 1980, Mike Dukakis, 1988, Paul Tsongas 1992, John Kerry 2004, Mitt Romney 2008.
Massachusetts - mother of failed presidential candidates.
Youre Sal DiMasi, and the good news is, today theyll be wrapping fish with yesterdays front-page story. And you wont be back on Page One - at least as long as you dont buy any $1 townhouses on Unity Court anytime soon.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1083373
Howie’s poll is do you think Deval will be a one term governor and I think they said 92 per cent said yes. Another poll
could by WHY would he last just one term?
-—Appointed to Pres. Obama’s cabinet
-—Failure to win re-election or even re-nomination
-—Forced out of office by scandal
Hopefully Deval will have to leave because of
illness: the voters are sick of him (Howie’s saying)
Just checked the poll: 95 per cent say Deval will be
one and done.
Michael Graham, speaking in Montana, brought up Patrick's personal website hosting discussions of a 9/11 conspiracy.
Aaaaargh! Picture a whole nation the size of this one -- all run on the Massachusetts model! The mind boggles . . .