April 4, 2009

Loughlin in a Rat-a-tat-tat

Justin Katz

There seemed to be something different about the pacing of Newsmakers, last week, when Rep. John Loughlin was on. The questions came at a rapid-fire-pace. I think John did well, in that environment, although his answer didn't quite address what I would have liked to hear on the (now moot) question of delaying the financial town meeting in Tiverton.

The second segment of the show was instructive, as well. Republicans and Democrats in the public light seem to come from different places — especially, but not only, in Rhode Island. Republicans don't appear to be in it for the career prospects created by the political process in the sense that those prospects were their primary motivation; they're either fed up, unable to watch the world go in what they believe to be the wrong direction, or looking for ways to do something different with their own lives. That's not to say that Republicans don't get caught up in the political game or swept away in fantasies of personal importance, but they seem more apt to answer questions as they're asked rather than mentally flipping through a notebook of talking points. Again: at least among our crew in Rhode Island.

Some might say it's a measure of integrity, others a measure of incompetence. Me, I'd recast "incompetence" as "inexperience" and suggest that politics tends to keep integrity and inexperience in correlation.

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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I've looked everywhere for a post on the Gianquitti verdict and no one seems to want to touch it. I don't know either of these men, but it seems to be a terrible decision by the jury. I'm sickened by it - it could be me, it could be someone in my family. Doesn't anyone care? There are some threads here on the most mundane things - what about the elephant in the room?

Posted by: Northeast at April 4, 2009 7:48 AM

We're folks of limited time, Northeast, and we must choose the topics that we follow. These sorts of trials are tough, because they require quite a bit of attention in order to be fair.

Posted by: Justin Katz at April 4, 2009 8:14 AM

Are you talking about the Proulx verdict?

Posted by: Andrew at April 4, 2009 8:17 AM

I guess I don't understand. What's to discuss about the verdict? The guy was found guilty of 2nd degree murder. He's going to jail for a long time. What's to talk about?

Posted by: Patrick at April 4, 2009 10:21 AM

Off-duty cops with liquor in them scare the hell out of me. Hearing about Doyle's BAC was pretty frightening...and illuminating.

Posted by: rhody at April 4, 2009 11:40 AM
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