POLITICS AS USUAL (By Jim Baron)
In Rhode Island and all across the country, more people are becoming interested in and involved with politics and government.
That is a good thing. The Tea Party movement is a good thing.
In Rhode Island, RISC, the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition is a good thing.
These are citizens who want their nation, their state and their community to be better and they are doing that through the political process. Good for them.
Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has to be looking around at his closest advisors about now and saying: â€śI wanted this job, WHY?â€ť
Chafeeâ€™s backside has yet to create a dent in the governorâ€™s chair and already he is getting it from all sides.
I would love to play poker with President Barack Obama.
I could sit there all night, never holding anything better than a pair of deuces, but I would bluff and raise, raise and bluff, and he would just fold his hand every time, allowing me to rake in all the pots. Republicans caught on to this early in his presidency.
The new film â€śWaiting for Supermanâ€ť is generating a level of energy around education reform unlike anything weâ€™ve seen in the past 25 years, and we must harness it to begin closing the global achievement gap between the rest of the developed world and America.
To do that, we need to build a coalition that spans all races and classes thatâ€™s forceful enough to demand systemic reforms to our public school system.
- Democrat Frank Caprio took the Democratic vote way too much for granted. Even before Patrick Lynch dropped out of the Democratic primary, Caprio was running to the right, trying to take away John Robitailleâ€™s Republican votes. He was trying to run up the score. Thatâ€™s the kind of overachiever he is. Mere victory wasnâ€™t good enough for Caprio, he wanted a landslide, amassing votes of Republicans as well as Democrats. Instead, Chafee walked away with a huge share of the Democratic vote and Republicans decided to vote for the Republican rather than the Democrat trying to run as a Republican.
The president of these United States can take his endorsement and shove it?
Iâ€™m sure thatâ€™s what Democrat Frank Caprio said to the president of his own party. I know because after he said it in a radio interview, he called a press conference a few hours later for the specific purpose of saying, basically, â€śYeah, you heard me, I told him to shove it,â€ť just in case someone had missed it the first time.
That press conference is what made it clear that this was not some petulant pop-off; it was a premeditated campaign strategy.
They say a political campaign, especially for an underdog, is a lot like surfing. You have to choose the right wave and catch it at precisely the right moment, otherwise you just go splat and end up all wet.
Well, Bob Healey is up on his surfboard, heâ€™s hanginâ€™ ten, and he has caught the electoral wave right at its sweetest spot.
â€śPeaking at the right time,â€ť is what the political pros call it, and Healey, founder of the Cool Moose Party, is doing just that right now with a week and a day left in this race for lieutenant governor.