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Howie Carr thread week of Nov 7, 2010
howiecarr.com ^ | 11/7/10 | raccoonradio

Posted on 11/06/2010 9:31:45 PM PDT by raccoonradio

Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; talkradio; timcahill

1 posted on 11/06/2010 9:31:49 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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GOP’s blue-chippers emerge amid losses
By Howie Carr | Sunday, November 7, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Cheer up Massachusetts Republicans. It could have been worse. Maybe not much worse, but it can always be worse.

But 2010 could have been a whole lot better, too. Sean Bielat was a great candidate. Imagine if he’d been campaigning on the North Shore against Johnny Pockets Tierney, or on the Cape against Bill Keating, who ran his campaign from the Witness Protection Program.

You’d be saying “Congressman-elect Sean Bielat.”

But Bielat ended up facing Barney Frank, with his extra-gerrymandered district and his $200,000 in personal funds.

Here’s another coulda-woulda-shoulda. Last January, a couple of days after Scott Brown’s victory, Charlie Baker sat down with two of the architects of Brown’s upset – Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Myers. Charlie wanted a “download” of information.

Charlie already had his “team” in place, led by Rob Gray, whose resume includes the disastrous 2006 Muffy Healey race and Mitt Romney’s doomed 2004 effort to increase the GOP presence in the Legislature. Gray’s been running on Bill Weld’s fumes for years.

What if . . . Charlie had listened to Brown’s people and then said, “You know, maybe you guys oughta be running my campaign.” But he didn’t say that, and the Brown crew went to work instead for the Republican Governors Association.

What if . . . Charlie had figured out a way to use his running mate, Richie Tisei? He’s a good, veteran campaigner. But Tisei seemed to spend most of the fall trying (unsuccessfully) to help hold his own state Senate seat for the Republicans.

What if . . . Charlie had picked as his running mate Karyn Polito? Couldn’t have hurt him with women, could it? Usually the “gender gap” is a moonbat-media talking-point to bash Republicans with, but this year, in this state, Charlie Baker really had one.

What if . . . Mary Z. Connaughton had enough money to publicize Suzanne Bump’s Tim Geithner-like theory of paying taxes – namely, you don’t pay unless they catch you.

But enough of the recriminations. Let’s look at the small silver linings in the ominously large dark cloud. The GOP picked up 17 seats in the House, increasing their numbers (pending recounts) to 32. Nothing’s more local than a state rep’s fight, and the Republicans hunted down the weakest sheeple in Speaker DeLeo’s herd.

Unfortunately, in the Senate, the GOP will never get another perfect opportunity to eliminate the vivacious Therese Murray, who limped home with 52 percent of the vote. With redistricting about to begin, the Senate’s Miss Congeniality will dump Sandwich (hometown of her hard-working opponent) and the other Cape towns, after which she will annex most of Sen. Kennedy’s Brockton district. Tough luck, Tom.

Finally, Worcester County, where it was still Jan. 19 for the Republicans last Tuesday. They won the sheriff’s race, with a large assist from the Democrat, Tom Foley, who announced that he’d be keeping his $111,920.04 state pension in addition to the sheriff’s salary. The Worcester GOP held on to the outgoing reps’ seats, knocked off an incumbent rep and won the open Governor’s Council seat.

So it could have been worse. Thin gruel, I know, but the Republicans have been counted out before (think 1986) and somebody’s always come along to rebuild the party. Now comes the Rick Pitino question: Is there another Ray Shamie ready to walk through that door?
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1294590


2 posted on 11/06/2010 9:33:48 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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Tim Cahill: Attacks ‘backfired’
Independent slams Republican strategy
By Jessica Fargen | Sunday, November 7, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Politics

In his first in-depth interview since his bruising loss for governor, Independent Tim Cahill yesterday denied playing spoiler to Charlie Baker, instead blaming the GOP for its own candidate’s defeat.

“The RGA did what they felt they had to do. It backfired on them,” he said of the Republican Governors Association, which spent a whopping $4.6 million on attack ads in Massachusetts.

“I’m not saying it didn’t hurt me, but it hurt their guy just as much,’’ a relaxed and introspective Cahill told the Herald as he raked leaves in the front yard of his Quincy home.

“I may not have ever been able to get any closer than I was even if they hadn’t been there, but their guy might have gotten closer than he got and maybe he would have won. I wasn’t in it to spoil anything.”

Cahill said the RGA misread the Massachusetts electorate after Republican Scott Brown’s election in January to the U.S. Senate. The heavy involvement of the national Republican Party turned off independent voters and drove them to Deval Patrick, he said. Patrick was re-elected as governor Tuesday, beating Baker by 8 points — the exact share of the vote Cahill received.

Baker last week in an e-mail to supporters blamed his loss, in part, on Cahill’s candidacy.

“I think the fact that Republicans got pretty badly beat everywhere points more to their strategy not working than me being a factor,’’ he said. “I was a factor because they made me a factor.”

A spokesman for the RGA could not be reached. A Baker campaign spokesman did not return a call and e-mail yesterday.

In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview, Cahill, the state’s treasurer, looked back on the wild final month of the campaign, during which his Republican running mate, Paul Loscocco, defected to Baker and Cahill filed a lawsuit that dragged both campaigns into the mud.

Cahill, who was a registered Democrat before he ran for governor, called the Loscocco shocker a “turning point.” On Oct. 1, fewer than two hours after phoning Cahill to let him know he was leaving, Loscocco and Baker appeared at a press conference.

“It was a very strange day. I won’t forget any moment of that day,” he said. “It was shocking.”

Voters and the media, he said, took a dim view.

“It cost the Baker people,” he said. “Whether it cost them the election, I don’t know, but it certainly slowed down any momentum they had.”

A week later, Cahill filed a lawsuit claiming four members of his own campaign staff conspired with Baker to leak secrets. Baker claimed e-mails made public in the lawsuit showed Cahill’s campaign staff was working with the treasury to run positive Lottery ads this fall.

The defection, including that of top Republican strategist John Weaver, was the ultimate “betrayal,” Cahill said. He acknowledged that the lawsuit ultimately helped Patrick, but that was not his intention.

While the RGA attack ads aimed at Cahill hurt his campaign, Cahill said he is to blame for his own loss.

“I’ll take responsibility for everything we did. I’ll take responsibility for bringing John Weaver in. Mistake. For partnering up with Paul Loscocco. Mistake. It hurt me no question about it. Nobody made me do it.”

Cahill, who has worked in government since the 1990s, said he plans to leave the public sector and won’t be running for office soon. He will remain an Independent, he said.

“I have no regrets,” he said. “Now is my opportunity to go out and look and see what’s out there.”
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1294589


3 posted on 11/06/2010 9:34:38 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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“Now is my opportunity to go out and look and see what’s out there.” There will be much less to see, after Patrick and the state legislature continues to screw up Massachusetts with: many more tax increases, much bigger government, more “red tape”, redistricting that allows big advantages to state Democrats, legislation that allows criminals to vote in future elections=a voter boost for Democrats, amnesty for illegal immigrants=a voter boost for Democrats,...More and more people and businesses will be leaving Massachusetts, for many years to come. THANK YOU TIM CAHILL-NOT! At least, the Massachusetts Congress will be losing one House seat.


4 posted on 11/06/2010 10:06:31 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: raccoonradio

A friend of mine just called me and told me that the todd and tom show on WRKO is being replaced as soon as tomorrow or wednesday with steve sweeney and joe malone, this is HUGE! Apparently someone called in and said to tom, “now you know how scott allen miller felt”. I aksed my friend if there was something in print but he said he can’t find anything in print and doesn’t think there is anything, it was announced on the show this morning and tom and todd want people to call all the other local shows and say “save tom and todd”, they are hoping to get back on the air and become legends like brudnoy did.


5 posted on 11/08/2010 5:09:16 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

If this is true about tom and todd - I bet Howie is dancing in the streets right now!


6 posted on 11/08/2010 5:18:53 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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yes I have been hearing it. Some comments on the WRKO facebook group. Your post may be the one they are referring to {”we read about it on the internet”). Waiting for details nothing else so far.


7 posted on 11/08/2010 5:30:51 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

though you did say that someone did call and say now you know show scott allen miller felt

Todd: “if you called in on Howie’s show and said save Tom and Todd, he has a lot of pull...’ I don’t know, this could be a hoax


8 posted on 11/08/2010 5:33:50 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

No they’re not referring to my post, apparently they announced the internet sighting earlier this morning long before I posted anything, the only reason I know anything is because someone called me - I don’t listen to tom and todd - I find it interesting that they want to become legends like brudnoy - he apparently had listeners call in to get him reinstated and it worked - tom and todd think they are strong enough to get reinstated. Sweeney and Malone are an “interesting” duo - not interesting enough for me to switch back to RKO though!


9 posted on 11/08/2010 5:37:24 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

If this is a hoax they should be fired!


10 posted on 11/08/2010 5:39:35 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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it could be a hoax perhaps with Wolfe’s blessing even though he may get a lot of calls. WEEI got rid of Ted Sarandis and put Mike Adams on temp. One night Mike “locked himself in the studio and said he wouldn’t leave” till they gave him the job permanently. Supp. WEEI/WRKO’s Jason Wolfe said sure, you got the job.

Later they admitted it was a hoax. Wolfe probably in on it all along! I have jokingly given him the nickname “Hokey Wolf(e)” after the Hanna-Barbera character who seemed a bit of a con man...


11 posted on 11/08/2010 5:42:34 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: rockabyebaby

I will never listen to Joe Malone.

He is on once a week with Jeff Katz on RushRadio and I just switch to WRKO. Now I will just switch to something else.


12 posted on 11/08/2010 7:37:54 AM PST by S.O.L.
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To: rockabyebaby

http://media.969bostontalks.com/Podcasts/1466/11-05-10_news_quiz.mp3

Malone and Sweeney were on WTKK last Fri and joked about doing a new show on another station. Lib blog Blue Mass Group picked up on it. Thought they were serious.


13 posted on 11/08/2010 7:38:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: S.O.L.

It was apparently a joke. They were on WTKK last Fri and joked about getting a new show on a diff. station.

Listen to Eagan and Braude with them, if you can stand it.

http://media.969bostontalks.com/Podcasts/1466/11-05-10_news_quiz.mp3


14 posted on 11/08/2010 7:39:06 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

So this is all a hoax by tom and todd to get more ratings?


15 posted on 11/08/2010 7:43:35 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: S.O.L.

I’m not a fan of malone and I can only take sweeney in small doses so I definetly will not be listening! I do listen to katz tho and usually tune out malone when he does his bit on tuesday mornings


16 posted on 11/08/2010 7:45:41 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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probably, I guess they took advantage of it. I just registered at BMG the liberal blog (ugh) to set record straight. Thought now GQuagmire said he heard a programming announcement on WTKK will happen on Graham’s show at noon...?


17 posted on 11/08/2010 7:58:07 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: rockabyebaby

tweet to me by bostonradio:

>>No more Jimmy Myers on 96,9 on Sundays(2-5p). The 8-10a Saturday slot is also open. Sweeney+Malone?


18 posted on 11/08/2010 8:02:46 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: rockabyebaby

The big announcement on WTKK was that Graham was getting married. Not that I got into him before, but I don’t plan to listen to that fraud ever again.


19 posted on 11/08/2010 10:02:49 AM PST by raccoonradio
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http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1294934&pos=breaking


20 posted on 11/08/2010 11:18:13 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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Thanks. Hah, they release it while I’m at Bertucci’s having lunch! (good btw, sporkie pizza, salad, soup)

from Jason “Hokey” Wolfe, WEEI/WRKO’s program dir via
WRKO facebook:
“Last week, a frivolous rumor went out in a local blog stating that WRKO would be replacing Tom Finneran and Todd Feinberg. Despite the fact this was pure fiction, for some reason Tom and Todd decided to pretend it was true during their program this morning. We’re very happy with Todd and Tom’s performance, and they are not being replaced.”

(Hokey Wolf of course was the fast-talkin’, con man wolf
of Hanna Barbera cartoon fame, hence my nickname for Jason...)


21 posted on 11/08/2010 11:49:10 AM PST by raccoonradio
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sporkie btw is ricotta cheese and sausage. “What’s Not To Love?”

Hoax has everybody yakking about Tom Finneran
By Jessica Heslam | Monday, November 8, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Media & Marketing
Photo
Photo by Patrick Whittemore

WRKO morning-drive radio duo Tom Finneran and Todd Feinburg played a fast one on listeners this morning, fueling phony blog rumors that they were being replaced with Republican former state Treasurer Joe Malone and Boston comedian Steve Sweeney.

The rumor mill began churning Friday morning, when Malone and Sweeney went on Jim Braude and Margery Eagan’s show on rival news talk station WTKK-FM (96.9).

Malone and Sweeney talked about the launch of their new radio show — but there was no mention of the name of the station — only that it was a competitor.

Needless to say, the blogosphere went wild.

On Friday, the Democratic blog Blue Mass group posted the headline, “WRKO to cancel Tom Finneran-Todd Feinburg show?”

The post that followed said “multi-defeated Republican pol, Joe Malone, and local spastic comic Steve Sweeney will be the new morning team ....read that ‘mourning team’ on the formerly successful talker WRKO. Malone and Sweeney made their new program announcement on rival WTKK.”

Finneran and Feinburg fanned the flames even more this morning when they spent well over an hour joking about their “departure” and even had Malone on their program.

Malone and Sweeney plan to appear on WRKO tomorrow morning to fess up to the hoax.

WRKO-AM (680) program director Jason Wolfe said in a statement today that Finneran and Feinburg are not being replaced.

Wolfe said a “frivolous rumor went out in a local blog” last week that said WRKO would be replacing Finneran and Feinburg.

“Despite the fact this was pure fiction, for some reason Tom and Todd decided to pretend it was true during their program this morning,” Wolfe said. “We’re very happy with Todd and Tom’s performance, and they are not being replaced.”

Finneran and Feinburg didn’t return calls. Producer Bill Cooksey and Malone couldn’t be reached.

Malone and Sweeney are in fact debuting a new weekly radio show tomorrow night on Marshfield station WATD-FM (95.9). The show will focus on news, politics and entertainment and can be heard every Tuesday from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/media/view.bg?articleid=1294934


22 posted on 11/08/2010 11:59:14 AM PST by raccoonradio
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I just heard Howie bleep someone out who wanted to talk about tom and todd, caller started off talking about the subject at hand, cahill, and then asked if he could say something else, he was bleeped out and Howie ended by saying that he doesn’t listen to the morning show and beside it’s not true. I haven’t listened to Howie’s whole show today so I’m not sure if this was the only caller that attempted to say something about the HOAX.


23 posted on 11/08/2010 4:03:40 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

RKO becomes more and more irrelevant so they have to resort to this in order to get listeners?


24 posted on 11/08/2010 4:04:42 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

LMAO, wouldn’t it be funny if NO ONE called the station to save tom and todd, LMAO!


25 posted on 11/08/2010 4:06:18 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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Heard that too and yes prob the only reference


26 posted on 11/09/2010 12:32:34 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Did anyone listen to T&T today? Did they admit they lied or are they still keeping the myth alive?


27 posted on 11/09/2010 3:15:55 PM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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No; to be honest I work nights and the only reason I get up early on Mondays is because I’m off the night before and can get up earlier, and didn’t get up early enough (if I wanted to). They prob admitted the hoax


28 posted on 11/10/2010 12:27:21 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Wed column ping

But who voted for them?
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists

Who voted for Suzanne Bump?

I feel like the film critic Pauline Kael, who famously said in 1972 that Richard Nixon couldn’t possibly have been elected president because she didn’t know anybody who had voted for him. I mean, do you know anyone who voted for Suzanne Bump, the auditor-elect who thinks it’s only a crime to cheat on your taxes if you get caught?

A good Democrat, in other words.

Sour grapes, I know. But I have the same question about many of the other victorious local Democrats. Like, who cast a ballot for Johnny Pockets Tierney? Or Niki Tsongas? Or Susan Fargone Fargo? Or Therese Murray? Or Mike Rodrigues?

Who are these dolts who have left Taxachusetts a blue island in a sea of red? You can’t ask these voters what they were thinking because obviously they weren’t, thinking that is.

Likewise, we needn’t ask them what they were smoking, because that’s obvious.

After poring over the results, I have reached some conclusions about the character of the Nov. 2 electorate.

For instance, you probably voted the modern equivalent of a straight Democrat ticket if:

You don’t work on Bunker Hill Day or St. Patrick’s Day.

You don’t work, period.

You still think it’s George Bush’s fault, whatever “it” is.

You used to have a bumper sticker on your car, “Labor: the People who Gave You the Weekend,” but now you have one that says, “Labor: the People who Gave You the Phony Disability Pension.”

You call Steve Lynch “Stevie” and you can still remember the last time you saw Fast Eddie Markey in Massachusetts – it was 1979.

You think that Bush’s wars were genocide and 9/11 was an inside job, and as for Barack’s wars – what wars?

You are a member of organized labor, which is not to be confused with “work.”

You call your local state rep, “Mistah Chairman.”

You’ve known Mumbles Menino so long you can remember when he only had a 60-inch waist.

You think suspended Probation Commissioner John O’Brien got a raw deal.

You may have voted a straight Democrat ticket if, the next time you see Tim Cahill, you’re planning to a) shake his hand and b) buy him a Hoodsie or three.

You were outraged when you saw the bumper sticker: “Nobody died in Jeff Perry’s Wareham PD patrol car.”

Whenever you drive by a construction site you yell, “Don’t kill the job!”

And finally, you may have voted Democrat if you’re planning to phone in sick Friday after Veterans Day to make it a four-day weekend.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1295318


29 posted on 11/10/2010 12:28:18 AM PST by raccoonradio
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A change is business policy at WTKK leads to the end of the
Jimmy Myers show...”a talk host who happens to be black”.
(Often blamed things on racism; quit WBZ-TV newscast right on the air)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20101110wtkk_cuts_off_jimmy_myers_mike/


30 posted on 11/10/2010 7:57:16 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Michele McPhee out at 96.9:

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/media/view/20101111wtkk_to_drop_radio_host_michele_mcphee_also_tv_reporter_finds_missing_boys/srvc=home&position=4


31 posted on 11/11/2010 5:51:38 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Massachusetts: like sh*t, it happens.)
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yup mentioned it on the Mass. board...


32 posted on 11/11/2010 11:22:09 AM PST by raccoonradio
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