The rewards of voting

But wait, there's more; "news" from the Vineyard; panic is contagious
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2014

As we head down the home stretch in the state’s gubernatorial primaries, votes are becoming an ever-more precious commodity. It’s getting to the point where candidates are coming up with genius ideas to gain Vo Dilunduhs’ affection at the ballot box.

We refer of course to General Treasurer and State House aspirant Gina Raimondo’s recent email appeal to supporters to donate to her (already teeming) campaign coffers via an offer to reward $25 donations with a Gina “car magnet.” Evidently, someone of intellect greater than P&J’s — or at least greater than the guy who pushes kitchen knife sets on cable TV channels — has decided this prize is just what’s needed to steer the election Gina’s way.

Since P&J have played political advisors on TV, may we offer a suggestion to one of Raimondo’s opponents? Clay Pell could reward his big-time financial supporters with a car locator, a GPS device that homes in on your vehicle when you have absentmindedly forgotten where you parked it, while you’re no doubt dwelling instead on big decisions like whether to wear gloves or mittens.

Primary Day is September 9, folks.

Vladimir who? Gaza where?

Somehow P&J found themselves on the media pool email list for President Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. We normally deal with The Big O directly, but we found the “hard news” emanating from this particular vacation amusing. Who says the Obama administration has been the most controlling and media-unfriendly in recent history (besides The New York Times, Washington Post, and virtually every other major news outlet that’s dealt with his office’s stonewalling and non-answers)?

In this case, local ink-stained wretches from The Vineyard Gazette and Martha’s Vineyard Times have been serving as pool reporters for the rest of the media on hand, delivering the hard-hitting, breaking-story news to fill front pages from Boston to Beijing the next day.

As an example, here is the breathless firsthand account from the Gazette’s Sara Brown on the evening of August 11:

President Obama is now at a DSCC fundraiser at the home of Roger Brown and Linda Mason. [Who the hell are they? — P&J] The Victorian-style home is on Lagoon Pond in Tisbury. There is a white tent on the lawn with round paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and yellow and white flowers on the tables. A hammock is also on the lawn.

 President Obama entered the tent to the song “Signed Sealed Delivered.” [We thought that was the official song of Congress? — P&J] Massachusetts senator Edward Markey and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett are in attendance. There were about 50 people under the tent.

 The president spoke for about 13 minutes, noting that it is wonderful to be on Martha’s Vineyard and that the First Family hung out with some seals this afternoon. He said that being from Hawaii, he finds the water a bit cold.

Brrrrr, eh, Barry? P&J smell Pulitzer!

If it bleeds, it leads

P&J can attest to one thing: trying to type while wearing a HazMat suit is an absolute bitch.

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