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My Year In Tweets


It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at twitter.com/dbernstein),...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 28, 2010

Slacker Republicans


It's long been my contention that, as in all matters, Baby Boomers will hold onto political offices until Millennials are ready to take them over,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 16, 2010
Inside jobs: Six Oscar contenders on the inner journey

Inside jobs: Six Oscar contenders on the inner journey


America, according to a recent "Newsweek" cover story, has turned inward.The article points to Americans' disinterest in foreign policy (only 3% in a poll think...
By Peter Keough  |  November 15, 2010

Mad GOP Men


As I wrote last week, the election results appear to have left Republicans with the same miserably low representation by women in elected office as...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 08, 2010

Why Charlie Lost


Here, finally, is my take on the Charlie Baker campaign. You can take all the particular criticisms of the campaign strategy; all the dissections of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 08, 2010

"Year Of The GOP Woman" Results


I'll be posting in the next couple of days about where I think things really stand in terms of women in Republican politics, now that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 05, 2010


DeLeo Takes A Hit? Not So Fast


You can't blame state Republican officials for touting their party's gains in the state house of representatives, where their numbers will rise from 15 to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2010

Mass. House Barely Stays Pro-Choice


The Massachusetts House of Representatives came within a hair's-breadth of losing its pro-choice majority as a result of Tuesday's elections, but will squeak through with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2010

Patrick's (Grass)Roots Are Showing


Four years ago, Deval Patrick went in front of a gathering of editors and publishers and told them that they had all totally missed the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 03, 2010

The People Speak, As They Are Supposed To


The large shifting of seats in the US House of Representatives from red to blue may need little more explanation than this: in arguably the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 03, 2010

Is The Wave Missing Mass.?


Just a little something to keep in mind as you watch returns tonight. There's a reason that Massachusetts's congressional seats are going to remain all,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 02, 2010


Watching Turnout


Interesting fact: overall turnout numbers were almost exactly the same in the November 2006 statewide election (Deval Patrick) and the January 2010 special US Senate...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 02, 2010

Boston Turnout Up


Through 9:00am, 28,180 people had voted in Boston, according to official numbers obtained by the Phoenix. That's a very strong 7.6% of registered voters, and...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 02, 2010

"Year Of The GOP Woman" Watch


The GOP needs to gain 39 net seats in the US House of Representatives to take majority control. That's in addition to the 20 open...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 01, 2010

Nat'l House Races To Watch


In my handy-dandy couch-potato's guide to the election, in the current issue of the Boston Phoenix, I gave you 20 key US House races to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 01, 2010

Dems Vs. GOP For Most People Governed


Here's an intriguing thing to watch election night: when the dust settles and everyone's sworn in, will more Americans be living under Democratic or Republican...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 01, 2010


Poll-ygamy


Two weeks ago, after the last round of polls on the Massachusetts Governor race began, I wrote: ...pretty much nobody seriously thinks that anybody is...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 29, 2010

Patrick Surging -- According To Baker


With rumors of a Suffolk University poll on the way, the Charlie Baker campaign has released another memo on its own magical, unseen internal polling....
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 28, 2010

He's The Tax Man


OK, let's start here: Charlie Baker is absolutely correct that Deval Patrick has refused to talk seriously about how he'll deal with the looming FY2012...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 28, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Election-Night Guide


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I provide a handy guide to election night, with national...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 27, 2010

Deval's IHOP Group


Monday night, during the final televised debate, Governor Deval Patrick used a discussion about unemployment to talk about a "job club" he visited with that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 27, 2010


Charlie's New Upper Lip?

Charlie's New Upper Lip?


 This is the new front image at www.charliebaker2010.com. Ummm.... where'd the mole go?
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 26, 2010

Perry, Perry, Why You Buggin'


A couple of days ago I wrote this about state rep Jeff Perry, who is running for Congress in the Massachusetts 10th District:...what has he...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 26, 2010

How Low Can MassGOP Go?


Every time you think that Massachusetts Republican Party has hit its lowest possible ebb, they surprise you by falling even further.This is especially true in...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 26, 2010

If I Ran Tonight's Mass. Guv Debate...


1) Candidates would have to ring in to answer, like on Jeopardy.2) The round where candidates question each other would be "Truth or Dare."3) Challenge...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 25, 2010

Baker's Last Legs


For a long time now, whenever I'm asked who I think will win the Massachusetts Governor's race, I've said the same thing: I think Deval...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 24, 2010


Notes & Thoughts, Mass. Politics


 Some things on my mind with a mere 10 days to the election....  --Bill Keating's campaign, and supporters, need to be careful not to overplay...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 23, 2010

AmeriQuestions


Frank Phillips wrote a perfectly good piece in the Globe the other day, pointing out that as Deval Patrick's campaign steps up its attempts to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 22, 2010
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Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
By EDITORIAL  |  October 22, 2010

Whore-Mongering, Clarke-Repudiating


So alleged comedian Lenny Clarke, who last I saw ranting as MC at a Charlie Baker rally, got caught the other day joking to a...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 21, 2010