Joe the Plumber is going to have an unpleasant day at work tomorrow

October 15, 2008

I don’t really feel like writing some big long political post right now–and not just because I’m so excited to see Mittens back on the air–but I do want to say this: I think anyone still self-identifying as an “undecided voter” has to be kind of an idiot.

It’s one thing to be unenthusiastic about the two-party system, or disillusioned because we’re in the midst of a major economic crisis and a lot of people are spending a lot of money on stupid campaign ads, or frustrated because neither major candidate is willing to get passionate about your views for fear of alienating moderates and independents.

But, seriously? Less than a month before the election and you haven’t figured out who will get your vote?

Okay, fine, I’ll get mildly political to see if any of the crazies come out, because there’s nothing I like more than crazy commenters:

I’m voting for Obama. Not because I think he’s so super-duper–I’m disappointed on his stance on same-sex marriage, for one thing–but because I think John McCain got wicked scary in the past eight years, and because his running mate scares me to death. (Well, realistically, his running mate combined with his current life expectancy scare me to death.) And in my state it’s not going to matter much–there would have to be some kind of freak disaster [is disaster the opposite of miracle? Because that’s the kind of longshot we’re talking about] for Massachusetts to go red–but I think it’s important to vote, even though the electoral college is kind of bullshit.

The Big Dig.

July 12, 2006

As all of Boston now knows, a 40 foot chunk of concrete fell from the ceiling of the Williams Tunnel two nights ago, killing a Jamaica Plain woman and leaving her new husband with only minor injuries. In a press conference yesterday, Governor Romney called for the removal of the overseer in charge of the Big Dig. In what I hope other people recognize as a supreme error in judgement, the good Mitt compared the incident–though adding “on a smaller scale”–to the circumstances surrounding Hurricane Katrina. He even compared the overseer–apparently, in other contexts, a good friend; I believe he used the phrase “I’ve been to his family home”–to the former FEMA head, our buddy Brown. I’m going to assume that the overseer isn’t quite as much of an idiot as Brown. At least we can’t hope for the kind of email gems that surfaced from Brown’s desk.

Clearly the Big Dig has been pretty supremely mismanaged from the start, but I wonder if Romney’s plan to get a “professional” will be that much better.