Item: Ex Marks the Gubernatorial Spots
The Big Two Timeses – New York and Los Angeles – ran pieces on Sunday about ex-governors running for their former offices.
NYT headline: “4 Ex-Governors,Older, Grayer And Yearning for Jobs of Yore.”
The piece noted that Roy Barnes (D-GA), Jerry Brown (D-CA), Terry Branstad (R-IO), and John Kitzhaber (D-OR) are all back in the gubernatorial game.
The LAT two-upped the NYT:
At least four, and perhaps as many as six, ex-governors may be on the ballot around the country next year, a pattern apparently without precedent or any clear-cut explanation, beyond the fact that few jobs in American politics beat the chance to run your own state, even in these difficult times.
The LAT added to the mix “former one-term Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Tommy G. Thompson, who served 14 years as Wisconsin governor.”
Paging Michael Dukakis. Paging former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis.
Item: A Streetcar Named Desiree
White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, a made member of Barack Obama’s Chicago mafia, is about to be unmade.
New York Times Op-It Girl Maureen Dowd:
[Rogers] mistook herself for the principal, sashaying around and posing in magazines as though she were the first lady, rather than a staffer whose job is to stay behind the scenes and make her bosses look good. (Even if Barack Obama is a brand, Desiree shouldn’t talk like the First Marketer or call him a brand — and she definitely shouldn’t refer to it in a proprietary way as “we.”)
Don’t look now, but Rogers is very close to the end of the line.
Item: Alan Khazei’s Got Back . . . ing
From the news media, at least.
The social entrepreneur in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race dropped a flyer at my humble home that touted endorsements from the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, along with positive reviews from the Quincy Patriot Ledger, WBZ-TV, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and local advocates Blue Mass Group.
Nice to have friends, Alan. Make sure they turn out on Tuesday.