Debate Prep

With the first 2009 Boston mayoral debate on tap for Wednesday night (7 p.m. on WBZ-TV), the hardworking staff was deep into its research for the Brawlston in Allston when it occurred to us: Hey! Why not share our debate prep with the splendid readers of Campaign Outsider!

So . . .

Start with the excellent piece, Menino’s Long Ride, in the summer edition of CommonWealth. It positions the mayoral race as sort of a father-son bakeoff:

The question facing every Boston voter is whether the city still needs a father figure or whether it’s time for a new generation to take over.

The piece has a number of enlightening sidebars, especially “Measuring Menino” (you need to go to the PDF for that).

Favorite quote from the piece: Menino’s assertion about the constipated state of development in Boston.

We have progress, but controlled progress.

Yeah, controlled by you-know-who. (See also last Sunday’s Boston Globe report on Menino’s real-estate roulette.)

Next stop: Jason Zengerle’s July 15, 2009 piece in The New Republic about turnout in Boston mayoral races, which you’re supposed to be able to access here, but the TNR site blows, so you can’t.

Anyway, the piece said if the same number of Boston voters who turned out for the 2008 presidential election also turn out for the 2009 Boston mayoral election (which will happen right after Dick Cheney waterboards himself), Menino just might lose.

In the meantime, check out the challengers’ Websites:

Michael Flaherty

Kevin McCrea

Sam Yoon

After that, let the wild rumpus begin.

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