Seldom do I listen to the WGIR morning show (at least not in summer), and after catching an hour of it this morning, I am reminded why. George Bruno, ambassador to some tiny Latin American country under Clinton, has reduced himself to buffoon status. Bruno the buffoon. Mouthing the party line is one thing, but Bruno took the art to ridiculous levels this morning.
The host let Bruno The Buffoon ramble on and on about Mitt Romney’s failure to release his tax returns and other Democratic spinning points. Even when they were trying to discuss Jackie Cilley’s failure to take the no tax pledge, the ambassador couldn’t resist spinning. Rather than talk about the race for governor, he managed to bring up the Simpson-Bowles commission recommendations. And the host let him go on and on. Even kathythes was never this bad back.
Where is Dan Pierce or Gardner Goldsmith? It’s time for GIR to locate one of them and can the host who lets Bruno the Buffoon ramble ad infinitum.
Kuster For Pelosi?—Thumbs up to WMUR’s Josh McElveen for asking Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster if she would vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker were she to beat Charlie Bass this November. Thumbs down to Josh for letting Annie get away without answering the question. Had she said yes, she probably would have slipped five or ten points in the polls, assuming many people were watching. Only the most ardent Democrat would want Pelosi back, and despite her claims to seek bipartisan solutions, Annie—truth be told—would belly right up to the Pelosi bar. Nice try Josh.
More Thumbs Up—I concur with The Nashua Telegraph editorial “Sheriff candidate unworthy of post” making the case in hundreds of words that Frank Szabo should not be the choice of Republicans for Hillsborough County Sheriff. Oh by the way, should a candidate for sheriff be expected to obey the law? Apparently not Szabo. As I drive around Manchester, I note his signs illegally posted on public property. One can only wonder if he would support deadly force against someone posting such signs—just a joke, just a joke.
The Union Leader also weighed in against Szabo calling him “unfit to serve”. I agree and will be voting for Sheriff Hardy.
Another thumbs up to the Telegraph for reporting about a State Rep’s daughter being charged with stealing signs of her father’s opponent. The Rep is Jack Flanagan, Republican of Brookline (also a town selectman), one of my least favorite Reps in the House. Daughter Hillary, age 20, was stealing signs of former Rep Melanie Levesque, one of my favorite Reps a few years back. Flanagan compounded the crime by complaining about his daughter being dragged into the political process. Oh really, Jack! She wouldn’t have been dragged into the process if she weren’t stealing. Maybe Speaker O’Brien will ask Flanagan to withdraw from the race—just a joke, just a joke. We all know you can’t get out of a race unless you die or move.
At the Concord Monitor, reporter Annmarie Timmins is doing great work. Two weeks ago, she investigated some of our No Show State Reps. (Other papers should follow the lead as we get closer to the November election). Tom Katsiantonis, of the No Show Katsiantonis brothers in Manchester, offered a particularly absurd explanation. He tried to claim that he’s missed more than three out of four votes because someone roll calls all come late in the day after he’s left. Annmarie wasn’t buying the logic nor should voters of Ward 8. (Truth in blogging. I’m running for re-election in Ward 8 and will face Katsiantonis in September should I make it past the primary).
Reporter Timmins also came through with an in depth story on District 7 State Senate candidate Josh Youssef and his pissing contest (my words, not hers) with House attorney Ed Mosca. Remember last week I released Youssef’s email attacking Mosca and wondered whether anyone in the media would follow up on it. Annmarie sure did with a lengthy story Monday.
Pheasant Shooting Paradise—Only by watching C-Span’s coverage of the Republican convention would you have learned yesterday that South Dakota is the best state for pheasant hunting. The roll call of states is an anachronism but a pleasurable one for many of us. However, apparently on C-Span presented it without commercial interruptions.
I kept switching back and forth from Fox to C-Span. Not only was Fox getting in the usual quota of commercials, the roll call came at the same time as The Five, and Fox apparently considered Bob Beckel’s banter more important than the colorful comments from the floor. While we were learning about pheasant hunting in South Dakota from C-Span, Beckel was enlightening Fox viewers about how the afternoon roll call meant that all the delegates, for the first time, weren’t drunk when it came to announcing the tallies. Ah yes, Beckel the font of all wisdom.
Thumbs up to C-Span. Thumbs down to Fox and the other lame stream commercial outlets.