Somehow, despite these atrocities in her past, Warren's poll numbers don't seem to have been hurt. Maybe that's because the Brown-Warren "People's Pledge" has barred Karl Rove and other conservative hit men from pounding the airwaves with ads mocking Warren.

I don't recall the "people" having any say in the People's Pledge, but I'm sure they are relieved to know that, if the pact holds, they will only be bombarded with tens of millions of dollars' worth of the candidates' own negative, deceptive ads on trivialities.


CRASHING THE HILL

The media's attention is so devoured by every morsel of news in the Brown-Warren race, nobody's noticing what the rest of our elected officials are doing. Which is not much.

Let's see . . . Senate President THERESE MURRAY has pretty much checked out of the State House, to focus her energies on destroying no-name Republican Tom Keyes, in what she will single-handedly make the most expensive legislative election contest in state history.

In the other chamber, House Speaker ROBERT DELEO has adopted a "keep it from the floor" policy, now that he has accomplished his great legacy achievement: diverting a permanent pipeline of state funds to two horse-racing tracks.

And as for the guy in the corner office — I would forget what Governor DEVAL PATRICK looks like, if he didn't occasionally pop up on Meet the Press as Barack Obama's hype man.

In case you missed it, Patrick has another book out. Oh, you missed that he had a first book out?

This one is only published in digital form, which raises the question: where do unsold copies of e-books go? Are there remainder bins in cyberspace?


CAMELOT

Meanwhile, where's the race to succeed Patrick in 2014? No, calm down, I didn't mean anything by calling it a "race," Lieutenant Governor TIM MURRAY.

The Democratic field for governor is so weak, I expect to see "Reilly/St. Fleur '14" signs at this weekend's state convention. When Murray said he went out the morning of his crash to survey the damage, I thought he was talking about his competition for governor.

Beacon Hill elites are already talking about a 2014 contest between Republican CHARLIE BAKER and Democrat MARTHA COAKLEY — or, as you might know them, the finalists of the 2010 season of The Biggest Loser.

No, that's mean. And not accurate; this is more like when they bring back the reject from The Bachelor to seek love as the next season's The Bachelorette.

You know what the Massachusetts Democrats need to get out of their funk? Kennedys!

I know, I know, JOE KENNEDY III says he is not relying on his famous name in his campaign to succeed Barney Frank in Congress; he's just any 31-year-old assistant DA from outside the district, whose decision to run causes everyone else to immediately step out of the race.

And for those asking, Joe is old enough to run for US Senate next year, if the rumors are true and JOHN KERRY becomes the next secretary of state. Although, we've thought Kerry's seat was coming open before.

Oh, sorry, senator. Still touchy about that?


REMEMBERING MITT

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