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December 15, 2012

A week of near misses and political opportunities

Big Freddy was folding his morning newspaper when I joined him and I asked what was cooking.

“Turnovers,” he said.

“As in?” I asked.

“State and federal,” Freddy said. “For one, Tim Cahill’s grinning ear to ear because the jury went belly up and he walks. Coakley’s trying to make the best of why she brought the case — which she was between the rock and the hard place because of the political realities involved.”

“For two, UN Ambassador Susan Rice has to step away from what would have been a sure thing replacing Hillary Clinton as our next Secretary of State because of the heat from Republicans over how she reacted to the attack on our embassy in Benghazi which was like stumble, fumble, and grunt between her and the White House.

“For three, that opens the door for John Kerry to take over from Hillary which he’s been breathing hard to get.”

“That opens the door to his Senate seat for Scott Brown to make a play to return,” I said.

“Better than a trifecta,”Freddy said.

“But you have to give the attorney general credit for bringing the case against Cahill,” I said.

“She had no choice but it would be no slam-dunk,” Freddy said.

“Using a million and a half of Lottery money to support his run for governor should have been a slam-dunk,” I said.

“But, surprise, surprise, in Massachusetts, enough members of the jury apparently didn’t see it that way, so she comes up empty,” Freddy said.

“She had no choice,” I said.

“Neither did Susan Rice over the Benghazi killings,” Freddy said. “She falls on her sword to save Obama grief during the climax of his campaign.

“Somebody’s going to write a book about the stumble, fumble and grunt about it out of the White House some day, but Republicans were all over it, and she had to take the heat.”

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