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  • Boston Globe Endorses Barack Obama for GOP Nomination

    The Boston Globe finally weighed in on the Republican race and endorsed President Obama.

    Well, indirectly

    Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign received a major boost on Thursday evening when the former Utah governor received the endorsement of the Boston Globe, the most influential paper in New Hampshire…

    The actual substance of the endorsement may not make conservative hearts swoon — focused, as it is, on Huntsman's cooperation with the Obama administration — but in the Granite State, where independents can vote in the Republican primary, it's a big time coup.

    See, by drawing voters toward Huntsman and away from Romney, the Globe is giving a huge boost to not-Romney frontrunner Rick Santorum, who has about the same chance of beating Obama as a jarred fetus.

    What explains Boston's deep-seated resentment toward Romney, their native son? Well, it appears he violated the cardinal rule of every working-class Boston stock-movie character: Never forget where you came from.

    Sure, Romney was happy being the governor for a while, but then he decided to go big-time and get all fancy, talkin' shit about us and our universal health care. Now he's wicked famous and wants to come back here and get our support? No way in hell. Go Pats.

    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Boston, Jon Huntsman, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, New England, New Hampshire, Primaries, Republicans
  • World Cup Fever: The Excitement Is Highly Communicable!

    So, I'm sure by now, everyone's heard the big news about the U.S. team beating the Carthaginians One-to-Love in yesterday's match. Finally! It's nice to see the Americans dominate another country once in a while. And this should also knock that egomaniac Hannibal down a peg or two. (Doubt he'll be invading Washington D.C. mounted atop an armored pachyderm elephant anytime soon.)

    So, what you're probably asking is: What are the big games that I should be paying attention to in the next few days, goddamnit?!?! Relax, dude. Relax. I got them right here…

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    Tags: Algeria, Brazil, Germany, Ghana, New England, Portugal, Soccer, Sports
  • Final Republican Congressman Purged From New England

    Q. What does present-day New England have in common with the Jim Crow-era South?

    A. They each feature(d) across-the-board Democratic representation.

    The last Republican to fall in New England?  Connecticut's Chris Shays

    U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays has lost his bid for an 11th term in Congress.

    Shays, who is the last New England Republican in the House of Representatives, lost to former Greenwich businessman Jim Himes.

    With 40 percent of votes counted, Himes won 60 percent to 39 percent.

    Also Carol Shea-Porter held off her Republican challenger in right-of-center New Hampshire.

    To repeat, that gives us a net total of zero Republicans left in New England's Congressional delegation.  Just like the old South.

    Now to be fair, a lot has changed; the Southern Democrats hated Abraham Lincoln, not George W. Bush.  And you don't often hear New Englanders muse about "rising again."

    But politics makes strange bedfellows.

    Tags: Carol Shea-Porter, Connecticut, New England, New Hampshire