Monday, November 15, 2010

Great weekend

I had a great mid November four day weekend. I took care of a lot of domestic chores around the house and did get out a little bit as well. Saturday I did a community service event raking leaves and mulching at homes of folks with disabilities which was enjoyable given the weather. Sunday morning I ran the Veterans Day 10k and logged a fairly good time. Looking forward to a "7 day week" leading up to Thanksgiving next week.

Patriots on a roll

The Patriots had a huge win at Pittsburgh last night after losing to Cleveland last week. That win could decide some significant home field advantage at some point. There are many saying that this is his best coaching job given all of the new players that came to the team this year. However, we still have December and January to judge the season and these players. Keep in mind the Patriots were in a similar position last season going into the game against Indianapolis and all it took was one call that changed the season.

Annoying Commercials

Here is 2010's version of Saved by Zero-courtesy of Geico. We are officially in the post election slow news cycle.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Election 2010 Recap

This was a very bad night for the Democrats as the Republicans gained 60 seats. I still went 3-1 in the campaigns that I worked on. The only setback was Tom Periello in Virginia and he was an especially talented public servant so that was a difficult loss. Despite the wave and the "Scott Brown" effect Massachusetts held serve with all seats staying in Democratic hands, particularly my home district where Niki Tsongas won decisively. Despite a rocky term, Deval Patrick will also be governor in Massachusetts for another four years.

Now it is up to President Obama and the administration to work hard on compromises with the House leadership. I still feel that he was right in pushing through health insurance reform as he had the political capital and legislative backing to do this. It will be difficult to repeal with the checks and balances system getting in the way. Going forward, he will have no choice but to work with the other side in passing legislation as the "shove it down your throat" option won't work anymore. We will also get to welcome Tea Party members to DC, fortunately Chris Coons and Harry Read staved off a total influx of tea partiers. As Ted Kennedy said, the work begins anew starting now.

Giants Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series Monday night beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win in 5 games. It was the first World Championship for the Giants since moving to San Francisco and the franchise's first in 56 years. It was sure worth the wait and good to see a bunch of "no-names" do this in the era of high payrolls and free agency.