I always love how, in these days of needing to say something to catch readers' attention in a world of So Much Information, news stories are often given heart-thumping headlines. Videos of "The Best Touchdown Catch Ever." Or maybe "The Cutest Puppy Hiccup Ever." Or a story about "The Greatest Political Fail Ever."
The Huffington Post seems to be expert at this, I feel like it's almost, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 472 times, shame on me." That said, I've been able to occasionally avoid more such pieces nowadays than at first, but still there's always the nagging thought that, hmmm, maybe this one is as noteworthy as they're saying.
Today there was one. One the front page of the Politics section --
Well, okay, I thought, that might be worth checking out. I'm interested in the race, and it's been heavily in the news lately about potential candidates on both sides, but especially for Republicans -- Tagg Romney, even Ann Romney, a former governor, and of course former Sen. Scott Brown. It's an important race, I'll check it out. What high-profile Republican could change the election and might Rock the Race?
It's Dan Winslow. A former state judge. He's been a representative in the Massachusetts legislature since first elected all the way back in 2011. Two whole years.
Oh, by the way, he hasn't even announced his candidacy yet! He's only announced on his website that he'll have an announcement.
That's who could Rock the Race. M ind you, I'm not sure that if Dan Winslow does decide to throw in his hat, that it would even Pebble the Race.
Of course, Mr. Winslow might be a good candidate, and for all I know he could win. Or not. But seriously, if this is what you use up your verbs and adjectives on to attract attention, what happens when someone actually newsworthy decides to run??!
Well, I guess that's what you hold onto, "Greatest Candidate Ever" for...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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