, Salem, MA


February 14, 2013

Anderson: Troubles on a usually carefree birthday week


Both Winslow and Sullivan have been among my favorite Republicans; I could happily support whichever one announced first, in this case Winslow. I understand that others, including locals Bruce Tarr and Keith Ablow, were willing to run if no one else stepped forward; I can relate to that, having offered to run for Congress in my youth when it looked as if Michael Harrington would be unopposed. Fortunately, someone else volunteered then, as Dan Winslow has now — in this case preventing an easy win for one of the Democrats, who have 15 percent (Markey) and 12 percent (Lynch) ratings with the National Taxpayers Union.

Scott Brown had a 60 percent rating, which was fine, considering; but not so fine that I’d want him for governor when I could have Charlie Baker. The rumor that Brown might run for governor is another Republicide thing that is interfering with my usually carefree birthday week.

I’m with Charlie, Scott. Hope Massachusetts voters are looking for executive experience in their next governor. Reminds me, I have to correct my last column, in which I said that 19,000 people who don’t have a mailing address are getting Massachusetts EBT cards; the updated count is 47,000 welfare recipients who exist only at the bank account where taxpayer money appears for them. The management “leakage” has become a substantial flow, Gov. Patrick.

The governor’s blizzard leadership was interesting. First, we’re all ordered by the state to stay off the highways or face a year in jail, then some residents were ordered by their local government to evacuate. People were asking, on talk shows, Facebook and Twitter, which order should prevail. I never heard this clarified, but our governor was highly praised for being calm during the storm, as if panic would have been a possible alternative.

This reminded me of Bill Weld telling Chris Matthews in 2008 that he supported Barack Obama for president because he is calm. Matthews responded, “Chauncey Gardiner in ‘Being There’ was calm.” Would have been funnier if Matthews hadn’t later admitted to that Obama-inspired tingle up his leg.

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