Tue ping. Reminder above about WRKO going to Sox pregame
at 5:30, and WCRN exits at 6 for Sox. This will happen
again on Thu; due to Red Sox games being pushed back what with
Celts starting at 9
I forgot that WCRN was carrying Celtics game but not Red
Sox, so he was on WCRN till 7 pm
Wed column ping
Thanks to rival, Kerry set for summer among commoners
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com
This is John Forbes Kerrys worst nightmare: Hes going to have to spend the summer campaigning . . . on the mainland.
Fall River, Chicopee, Haverhill, Lynn, Fitchburg - not a single one of those sweaty cities has any windsurfing worth a damn, not to mention a Ducati motorcycle dealer, damn, but Liveshot is going to spend the next three months pressing the flesh in those wretched burgs, searching in vain for a proper nouvelle cuisine brassiere while enduring the foul breath of the plebeians . . .
Stand by, Sen. Kerry, for an endless schedule of kielbasa festivals, parades, motorcycle rallies, town concerts, fireworks displays, questionnaires from special-interest groups and maybe even, gulp, a televised debate or two. Kerrys already had to endure a Celtics [team stats] playoff game. Instead of the Inn at Wauwinet, this summer Kerry will be dining at Coney Island Hot Dog in Worcester. Next thing you know, some beer-guzzling peasant in a No. 12 Patriots jersey is going to be asking him about . . . baseball.
Lovey, does Manny Ortiz still play for the Red Sox ?
And Liveshot knows who is responsible for this living hell that he now must endure all the way to the primary Sept. 16. It is Ed OReilly. The Gloucester lawyer will be on the ballot against him in the Democratic primary.
Ed OReilly. How dare this Hibernian parvenu dare to run against John F. Kerry, Americas Gigolo? How dare 22.8 percent of the delegates to the state convention vote for this, this . . . arriviste?
That phrase in the first paragraph, on the mainland, that comes from OReilly. He used it when I was talking to him the other night. Hes got Kerrys number all right. Hes a bit of a moonbat, I suppose, but when you get somebody whos running against Liveshot whos willing to play the class card, I can overlook a lot.
He knows how to push the buttons that will drive Kerry crazy, which is what is going to wreck Liveshots summer. There wont be much time for Kerry on the Let It Be, just because OReilly wouldnt let it be. Why, OReilly is even ready to talk about Naushon Island, the personal preserve of the Forbes family.
He always says he was raised on the Cape, OReilly says. Yeah, he was raised on this island, which if you or I take a little skiff across the water and try to land on that island, people are going to come out onto the beach and tell us were trespassing.
OReilly says, about five weeks ago, he was leaving a Democratic meeting at the Hudson Portuguese Club when he ran into his opponent arriving. Here is his recollection of the conversation:
OReilly: I guess well be seeing a lot of each other.
Kerry: Not for long, I hope.
Sorry, Liveshot, you lose!
The bottom line is, hes arrogant, OReilly says. The rules dont apply to him. He announces, theres a thousand-dollar minimum to attend, if you want to go to the private reception its $2,300. Do you know how many people I talk to who say the only place theyve ever seen him is at the airport? . . . He flies down to Bali to give a speech on global warming - how many gallons of fuel do you think that used, just so he could say he delivered a speech?
Im sure OReilly is nowhere in the polls right now, but this is a perfect opportunity for mischief - this could become a Massachusetts version of Operation Chaos, the meddling of local Republicans in a Democratic primary, the way Rush Limbaugh tried to keep Hillary Clinton alive through April and May.
John Kerry, OReilly continued, will go whichever way the wind blows for his own political advantage.
I propose a series of 10 pre-primary debates, the first one to be held on, where else, Naushon Island.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1100010