Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Starbucks Is Not Just a Coffee Shop

You think the Seattle-based coffee chain is just a place to plant yourself, open your MacBook Air, and drink some overpriced Charbucks Latte? No. Starbucks is not just another outpost in Laptopistan. Starbucks is . . . a lifestyle brand. A … Continue reading

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First White House Transgender Hire Is From Brookline

The nation’s much-heralded transgender moment has finally ascended to America’s Big House. From the Washington Blaze: In first, White House hires openly trans staffer The White House for the first time has hired an openly transgender person as a member of … Continue reading

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Wait, What? They Like Ike Memorial?

As the hardworking staff noted last fall, The Weekly Standard’s senior editor Andrew Ferguson has been on the Eisenhower Memorial debacle like Brown on Williamson. Then there’s Frank Gehry, the starchitect who designed MIT’s Stata Center among other landmark buildings. His … Continue reading

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Ickiest Quote o’ the . . . Ever (Donald Trump Edition)

From our Quote o’ the Day desk Yesterday, Politico (who else? well, maybe BuzzFeed) ran this exhaustive/exhausting listicle. The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said Would you vote for this man? 1. “… don’t let the … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in Western Mass. (Summer of Whistler Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled out to the Berkshires for a couple of days last week to catch this & that and, say, it was . . . swelling with people. Upon our arrival in Williamstown we headed right to … Continue reading

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When Hillary Met Snapchat . . .

The 2016 presidential hopefuls are on mobile platforms like Brown on Williamson. Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp – WhatsEver. But it’s not always pretty. Case in point: Hillary Clinton’s baptism by Snapchat this week. The call:     The response:   … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Hanker Down’ Edition)

From our neverending Language Police blotter As always, the hardworking staff is on the differently clichéd beat like Brown on Williamson. And the past several months have provided a myriad of mangled phrases. Call the roll: • Back in November, David Mark, co-author … Continue reading

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DeVito/Verdict on Bernie & Phyl’s New York Advertising Agency: Dumb as a Mattress of Rocks

Bernie & Phyl’s, which for a long time ran the most cringeworthy television spots in the history of New England advertising, now has a hotshot New York ad agency – DeVito/Verdi – and a smart, funny TV campaign that features old-time videoclips with funky new narratives. Representative … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Howard Jonas Edition)

From our endless series Funny how often these ads appear in the Saturday New York Times, which has the cheapest advertising rates for the week. Regardless . . . from Saturday’s Grey Lady:     Nuts to Obama graf:   … Continue reading

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NYT Goes All RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

Leave it to the New York Times to say cow, see cow. From Jessica Bennett’s Page One piece in the Sunday Styles Section: Cursed With a Death Stare The Internet meme known as RBF points to the perils of the serious … Continue reading

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