Looks like Charlie is going trick or treating tonight. What, exactly, is Charlie going to be for Halloween?
Here is how Charlie usually looks:
Head to after the jump to find out what we think Charlie will be dressed as.
Looks like Charlie is going trick or treating tonight. What, exactly, is Charlie going to be for Halloween?
Here is how Charlie usually looks:
Head to after the jump to find out what we think Charlie will be dressed as.
It's Halloween, and there is some spooky stuff going on in Charlie Baker's World. All over the state, abandoned buildings are going up. Empty places haunted by ghouls and goblins. That's right, we are taking about Baker Campaign Western Massachusetts offices.
We've seen a lot from inside Charlie Baker's World. We felt it would be great to recap some of Charlie's greatest hits. Enjoy!
Even though Charlie has said that loyalty is the most over-rated virtue, he sure seems to be standing by his pals. With five days left, we thought we would take a minute to remind you of them:
The Associated Press uncovered an interesting memo from inside Charlie Baker's World. Looks like Charlie hasn't been totally truthful about his role in the Big Dig:
As he concluded his tenure as budget chief in Massachusetts, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker wrote a memo labeling Big Dig spending "simply amazing," warning that it would force "draconian" cuts to other road and bridge projects -- and recommending they be taken only after his boss was re-elected in 1998.
We will be posting more on this later today.
It's Wednesday in Charlie Baker's World, and it seems Charlie Baker is having a hard time getting over the hump. The Boston Globe reported today that Charlie's tax cut plans could lead to some serious consequences for our communities in the real world:
At times, Baker has suggested he would seek the reductions immediately after taking office, while at other times he has suggested he wants four years to phase in the cuts, to soften the $2.5 billion blow to the state budget.
The distinction is important, because if Baker were to try to implement the tax cuts right away, they would almost certainly force him to break his pledge not to slash local aid to cities and towns, budget specialists say, since the state is already facing a projected deficit of $2.5 billion next year.
In Charlie Baker's World, Charlie says he opposes Question 3, the ballot initiative that would roll back the sales tax to 3 percent. In the real world, experts say his tax plans could create the same cuts to state services as if Question 3 were to pass:
Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the timing of Baker's tax cuts is critical, because if Baker were to sign them next year, they would increase the deficit to about $4.5 billion and "require drastic cuts across all of state government,'' including cuts to local aid and higher education.
The impact, he said, would be equivalent to passage of Question 3, the ballot question to cut the sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3 percent, which Baker opposes.
So if Charlie chooses to phase in tax cuts, things will run smoothly, right? Not so fast:
Spread over four years, the reductions "would still require major cuts in programs across state government,'' but "might be less irresponsible,'' Widmer said.
Sounds like in the real world Charlie's plans are either irresponsible or, er, less irresponsible?
So we learned in this morning's Herald that Charlie has proposed term limits for legislators. Sounds great in Charlie Baker's World, but in the real world this has some unintended consequences:
Baker's running mate, Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei (R-Wakefield) has held elected office on Beacon Hill since 1985 -- long past his expiration date in Baker's view. Tisei did not return calls for comment yesterday.
This reminded us of one of our favorite viral videos of the campaign. You gotta wonder what it feels like for Richard Tisei over in Charlie Bakers World:
I mean, it's hard enough for us to take it and we just look inside Charlie Baker's World. Richard has to live there!
It is time for another math lesson from inside Charlie Baker's World. Charlie has talked a lot about his 5-5-5 plan. No, Charlie isn't proposing free pizza, he is proposing a plan that would create a massive state deficit.
How bad would it be? Well, one of the 5s in Charlie's plan is the same thing that the same cut to the sales tax that Ballot Question 3 proposes. Recently the Mass Taxpayers Foundation examined Question 3 and found that it would create a $4.5 billion dollar shortfall and would send Massachusetts, "Over the cliff."
Using the transitive property, this tells us something very important about Charlie Baker's 5-5-5 deal. See if you can follow along.
1. The shortfall created by Baker's 5-5-5 plan is equal to the shortfall that Question 3 would create.
2. Question 3's shortfall would send Massachusetts "over the cliff"
3. Therefore, Baker's 5-5-5 plan would send Massachusetts over the cliff.
Luckily, math doesn't lie, not even in Charlie Baker's world.
Charlie recently took to the Red Mass Group to voice some complaints about health care premium increases.
In the post, Charlie makes some crazy allegations, including: "[The Governor] attacks me for premium increases, but fails to mention that he has approved every health insurance premium increase since he's been governor."
We didn't think we could let this whopper go, so we were pulling together a bunch of facts showing how Governor Patrick's work capping health insurance premium increases have led to lower rates for small businesses and working families.
But then, one of the commenters at Red Mass took care of it for us:
Why do you say that Deval has approved every health insurance premium since he has been governor, when that is untrue.
In the Deval tv ads he is talking about how he rejected the health insurance premium increases and how all the health insurance companies needed to reduce their requested increases.
We all know this happened and you have talked about it as a sign of Deval running a rogue government.
Why would you boast about something that is so easily shown to prove is wrong? It hurts the rest of your argument, which is the real issue.
Get it together Charlie!
We already knew that in Charlie Baker's World he says things that arn't always true. Just because it isn't true doesn't mean it didn't happen.
You never quite know what Charlie is going to say. We know that he flip flops on the issues, but even this one seems over the top to us.
This weekend, when he was asked how people would describe him, he said:
"Loyal...There's nothing more important than people being able to count on you."
Gee, that is nice. He sure seems like a stand up guy. Maybe we have been wrong about...
So that's why you like Paul Loscocco so much.
Charlie, maybe you should have said consistency.
So we have already discussed how, in Charlie Baker's World, sometimes Charlie says one thing and means another. Well here is another one for the flip flop files. This one at the same time!
First, at around 12:30 Charlie Tweeted:
Misplaced priorities by unions have never been more clear than in Bridgewater/Raynham http://bit.ly/97IAml #magov #mapoli #ma
Then, five minutes later, we see this on Boston.com:
Charles D. Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, who has criticized unions as special interests that block reforms and waste taxpayer money, has quietly accepted his first union endorsement.
Baker did not hold any media event or release any statement upon recieving the backing of the State Police Association, which has a history of supporting Republicans for governor. The union endorsed Kerry Healey over Patrick in 2006, and Mitt Romney over Shannon P. O'Brien in 2002.
Not sure what this looks like inside Charlie Baker's World. But out here it sounds like another backroom deal to us.
Even though it is a holiday, we had to jump in with a special Columbus Day edition of Charlie Baker's World.
Despite what some of our commentors say, we do have a few readers here at Charlie Baker's World. However, we had no idea that Charlie himself is one of our biggest fans. He particularly is a fan of one of our our recent posts. Here is what he had to say about it to the Patriot Ledger:
One video spoof compares Charlie Baker to Ted Knight as Judge Smails in the comedy classic, "Caddyshack."
The Republican loves it.
"If you haven't seen it, you've got to Google it," he told The Patriot Ledger editorial board this week. "I had a good laugh."
His wife thought it was "hilarious," he said.
Just in case you missed it the first time, here's Charlie's favorite Youtube video:
In case you missed Charlie's hometown rally with Senator Scott Brown, we thought we would put together some highlights. It looks like somebody switched Charlie's decaf coffee for regular. Let's see if he notices:
That's what you hear when you ask people who don't know him yet about what Charlie does.
The folks over at the Deval Patrick Campaign have a new ad up highlighting Charlie's work as a Health Insurance CEO. If you don't have 30 seconds to watch the video, we figure this chart from our sister site sums it up pretty well:
Whoa! What a head-spinner! We've talked before about how Charlie Baker hasn't been clear when he plans to implement his tax cuts that will result in $2.5 billion in lost state revenue. It seems his answer changes from day to day. Sometimes in the same day!
For example, yesterday he said:
The Swampscott Republican, if elected, would immediately propose to reduce the sales tax to 5 percent from 6.25 percent and to cut the income tax to 5 percent from 5.3 percent. "There's no phasing it down," said Baker spokesman Rick Gorka. "It's straight to 5. We're filing the sales and income tax to five on day one." - Statehouse News Service, 10/4/2010
And then later in the day he said:
[Baker] Intends to gradually lower the state income, business and sales tax to 5 percent. He said he favors low taxes across the board, rather than targeted tax breaks to encourage business. - Attleboro Sun Chronicle, 10/5/2010, link
Even for Charlie Baker's World, this has got to se a world record for flip-flopping.
Remember Paul whats-his-name? Yeah we don't really either, but he is the guy who endorsed Charlie Baker on Friday and has a history of sayings some not-so-nice things about Charlie. We dug a few more over the weekend:
Voters west of Boston are sick and tired of being used like an ATM machine in order to finance Charlie Baker's Big Dig. It was the largest public works disaster from a fiscal standpoint in world history, and the people that I represented have been forced to foot the bill.
Whether you're talking about Baker's mismanagement of the Big Dig, or Richard's vote against rolling back the income tax, they simply are not the leaders this state needs right now.
I think it's certainly fair to say that the Cahill-Loscocco message of lower taxes and independence from the Party Machine is far more like Scott Brown's than Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei.
YOWCH. Charlie must have promised him something really good to get that endorsement.
People in Charlie Baker's World are smiling today. They have a new "friend" in Paul Something-or-other. He used to be Charlie's friend -- before he became Tim Cahill's friend -- before -- you know what just never mind. It's complicated and nobody really cares. Anyway, Paul's had lots of things to say about old Charlie. Things like:
Baker "opted to borrow, to kick the can out to future generation" on the Big Dig. Baker "CEO of the Big Dig"
Baker "share[s] little in common with the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan in which I came of age."
Baker governorship would be "four more years of government by press release, and nothing getting done"
YIKES! If that's what Charlie's friends say about him, what do folks who DON'T like him say? We will bring you more of that as the days to come (or you can check our archives).
The other day, Charlie gave an interview where he said:
Charlie Baker says he started getting a "rock star-type response" from some voters long before a new poll released over the weekend.
We thought we would post a reminder for everyone what Rock Star status looks like in Charlie Baker's World:
University police estimate more than 17,000 people packed onto a mall in the heart of the campus to see the president. Another 9,000 lined up for more than a mile to get in but were diverted to overflow areas.
We posted a few more reminders of Charlie "Almost Famous" Baker's Rock Star status after the jump. We couldn't resist.
This has been a tough one in Charlie Baker's World. Who does Charlie support for Congress in the Sixth District? It's not really a theoretical question, you know. Charlie LIVES in the Sixth -- it's his own congressman we're talking about here. There has been some quiet speculation that Charlie might be casting a vote for Democrat John Tierney and it's easy to understand why. John Tierney's been doing a great job and Republican Bill Hudack is -- well, you remember.
Yesterday, The Salem News was finally able to get Charlie to admit that he is supporting extremist Republican Bill Hudak's candidacy for Congress.
Baker also said he supports Republican Bill Hudak's candidacy for Congress, though it took a lengthy line of questioning to draw it out of him.
Is he supporting Hudak's campaign?
"I certainly support the Republican ticket," Baker said. "... I hope Mary Connaughton wins. I hope Karyn Polito wins. I hope Bill Campbell wins. I hope Brett Schetzsle wins."
Does he hope Hudak wins?
"I'm supporting the ticket," Baker said.
Is he supporting Hudak?
Just a quick reminder. As reported by David Bernstein at the Boston Phoenix, BIll Hudak has claimed that he has proof Preisdent Obama was born in Kenya, displayed a sign on his lawn in 2008 that depicted Barack Obama as Osama bin Laden, and has claimed that Obama is a Muslim.
What a pal! Might be time for someone to ask Charlie what he thinks about Bill Hudak's extremist views.
Back in April, when Charlie Baker was running against Christy Mihos for the Republican nomination, he had to make a lot of promises. One of the toughest was the one he made to Barbara Anderson - (was she thinking about supporting Christie?). He promised his big tax cut plan would happen "ON DAY ONE!"
Unfortunately, just last week in a radio debate, when asked how it would be possible to cut $2.5 Billion from the state budget and not dramatically cut state services, Charlie Baker changed his mind. Barbara's gonna be ticked off!
Jim Braude: You have this 5, 5, 5 plan; cut the sales tax, the corporate tax, the income tax to 5%, that's 2 and half billion. Another 2 and half deficit. You also promise no cuts in local aid.
You have this cost savings plan, you say will save a billion. Mass Taxpayers says $500 Million...
Charlie Baker: Other people say a billion too.
Jim Braude: Well even if it is a billion, that's a four billion dollar hole; How do you fill that?
Charlie Baker: Well you don't get it all at once, obviously.
So what does that mean for the real world? Either the promise to Barbara Anderson was phony, or you need to rely on Charlie Baker's World Math. We all know how that works.
We'll let you decide which it is.
As you may have noticed, there is a lot of criticism in the past few months of Treasurer Cahill coming from inside Charlie Baker's World.
Usually, they just say nasty things about dismissing him as not having a chance. But sometimes, it can get kind of petty:
Cahill is like Chunk from Goonies the only question that remains is will he do the truffle shuffle at his press conference #magov
Wow, what could have made them so mad at poor Tim? I mean, what would make you say that about someone you once asked to be your running mate...
Cahill says he rebuffed request to be Baker's No. 2
Cahill said that while he was not exactly insulted that Baker, who has never run for statewide office, would ask him to be his lieutenant governor, he was taken aback.
"I feel like I have every bit as much right to run for the top job as he does,''
Oh... rough. I guess in Charlie Baker's World, either you hold a mean grudge, or just hope people have short memories.
Maybe a little of both.
As we have discussed before, in Charlie Baker's World $500 Million in "savings" can balance out $2.5 Billion in tax cuts. I know. It doesn't add up -- but remember, you are in Charlie Baker's World now.
But when you take a closer look at Charlie's "savings" it gets even trickier, since some of the savings have nothing to do with the state budget. See if you can keep your eye on the cards.
1. Charlie Baker wants to cut to the state income, sales, and corporate rates, which fund the state budget.
2. Charlie says that reforming municipal health insurance benefits would save $100 Million to balance the lost revenue that funds the state budget.
3. One problem: municipal health insurance benefits are funded by municipal budgets. So there won't be any savings to the state budget. Unless, of course, Charlie is planning on reducing local AID by $100 Million. Hmmmm.
Maybe this kind of fiscal shell game means everyone is a winner in Charlie Baker's World (Hey, Charlie thought it worked on the Big Dig), but in the real world this it would result in massive cuts to vital services like schools, police & firefighters.
That's quite a bust.
During the first debate of the gubernatorial campaign, the candidates talked about the corporate tax rate in the Commonwealth. Governor Patrick mentioned that his administration, "cut corporate taxes".
In the real work, this is true. The Patrick-Murray Administration reduced the corporate tax rate for 35,000 small businesses in Massachusetts while at the same time closed loopholes which had allowed large corporations to avoid paying their fair share.
Sounds pretty good, right?
In Charlie Baker's World, this is bad news. After the debate, they circulated a fact check press release trying to distort this truth. Unfortunately, the Boston Globe article they use to back up their claim says:
"In January 2010, the rate will be reduced from the current 9.5 percent, the fourth-highest in the country, to 8.75 percent. Annual reductions are scheduled to continue until the rate reaches 8 percent in 2012."
Maybe in Charlie Baker's World, if you ignore that parts that don't fit with what you are trying to say, nobody will notice. Some facts just don't count in Charlie Baker's World.
It is time for another lesson on how math works in Charlie Baker's World. In the real word, 4.9 is larger than 2.4. In fact, it is almost twice as much. However, that doesn't seem to be the case in Charlie Baker's World.
The Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation, a respected independent budget organization, conducted a study for the Boston Globe that proved that state spending grew twice as fast under Charlie Baker than during the Patrick administration. When Baker was in charge of the state's budget, state spending grew 4.9% annually, while Governor Patrick has held state spending under 2.4%.
And in Charlie Baker's World, they still believe 2.4 is bigger than 4.9.
Patrick and Cahill have spent money like the federal gov't over the last 4 yrs. Time for fiscal sanity to return to Beacon Hil. #magov
Things are all aflutter in Charlie Baker's World today. Baker had a "bad experience" palling around with extremist Bill Hudak and got through the primary by putting his hands over his ears, humming loudly and pretending none of these guys existed. I wonder if he ended up voting for Hudak? Oh, never mind, that's a question for the real world. Well, the humming is getting really loud all over in Charlie Baker's World as Hudak and Perry got some reinforcements on the Republican Pallin' Around Squad. Let's meet some of them.
Bill Gunn is the Republican Nominee in the 1st district. He is an avowed Tea Partier who was arrested for interrupting Congress during the health care debate. He yelled "kill the bill" in the House chamber. Looks like the Republicans are hoping to give Joe Wilson some company.
Charlie's old friend Bill Hudak is now officially the nominee to take on Congressman Tierney in the 6th district. As we have discussed several times. Hudak is the ultimate fringe candidate with radical views such as referring to President Obama as terrorist in a sign in his yard. He has also stated that the President is not an American citizen and has even provided a fake birth certificate showing that the President was born in Kenya to a reporter.
Tom Wesley is the Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional District. It turns out that Wesley has filed for personal bankruptcy due to failed business ventures and has over $8,000 in unpaid taxes. Maybe he and Charlie can talk about fiscal responsibility.
Jon Golnik is the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District. Golnik didn't vote for nine years, and has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
Jeff Perry defeated Joe Malone to become the Republican nominee in the 10th Congressional district. As a police officer, Perry oversaw the illegal strip search of teenage girls by a subordinate. He also has a record of not being truthful as an officer ("tripping" traffic lights and breaking a radar gun). He has also highlighted a degree from "Columbia State University" which is an unaccredited and online diploma mill program.
Some interesting new characters are arriving in Charlie Baker's World. Will Charlie endorse and campaign for his fellow Republicans as the campaigns move on?
Today in Charlie Baker's World, we ask you to guess who is responsible for these two separate quotes:
1) March 4, 2007: "[Governor Patrick] basically said: 'We're interested in seeing more affordable options. Can we work together to try to pursue a course that gets us there in a month or so?....My answer was yes."
2) September 7, 2010: "Governor, you've been in charge of the health care system for the past four years and until we got to March of 2010, you didn't pay much attention to it at all and many of the decisions you made drove up the cost of health care for small business."
Definitely two people who don't agree on the fact that the Governor has since the start of the administration been a leader in working for affordable health care for all Massachusetts citizens. Have you guessed yet? That's right, both quotes came from the same person -- Health Insurance Company CEO Charlie Baker!
How can this be? Well, sometimes in Charlie Baker's World, your memory can fail you, other times, the truth just doesn't matter.
We all remember last time Charlie Baker's campaign stopped in Worcester. Just when you thought it was safe to go back.
We're going to need a bigger event.
A little Friday fun from your friends at Charlie Baker's World
As the school year begins, it is time for another lesson about how math works in Charlie Baker's World where a dozen equals thirteen and 2.5 equals 0.5. Hmmmm --Let's begin, class.
Charlie says we need to cut taxes - lots of them - $2.5 Billion of them, actually! Find out how many more after the jump
We know that Charlie sometimes has trouble with the truth. We saw another example of that during last night's debate. We are used to Charlie not telling the truth about his role in the Big Dig, but last night he applied the same logic to what happened during his time as a CEO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
During the debate, Charlie denied Harvard Pilgrim had received any state aid:
Unfortunately for Charlie, the facts in the real world just don't match up. Find out why after the jump:
It's a gloomy day in Charlie Baker's World-- and Earl's not even here yet. Believing that campaigns are won "on the airwaves", Charlie's gone and spent $3,500,000 on TV commercials before Labor Day. Trouble is--they don't seem to working very well.
Describing the results of their new poll, Rasmussen says:
The current figures are little changed from a month ago.
Meanwhile, the Deval Patrick team is on a roll. As seen in today's Globe, the Dems, led by the Patrick/ Murray ticket, have out raised the Republicans more than 2-1 in the month of August!
Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, and the state Democratic Party together hauled in $988,127 last month, easily outpacing the $418,581 raised by Charles D. Baker, his running mate, Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei, and the state Republican Party, according to state records and campaign tallies.
In more bad news, poor Charlie can't seem to shake Tim Cahill. Mississippi's Haley Babour sent millions of dollars to try to knock him out for Charlie and he's still here.
But this is Charlie Baker's World where problems are very easy to fix--- put a happy face on Twitter Team Baker and do it ASAP:
@Bakerforgov "New TV ad and new poll show great momentum!"
Tonight in Charlie Baker's World they are having a fundraiser with "Spaulding" from the movie Caddyshack. They are all a-"twitter" about it.
BakerforGov: Join "Spaulding" and me tonight @thelansdowne at 6 pm http://bit.ly/duErXP #magov #mapoli
Just last week Charlie said he does a pretty good Ted Knight impersonation on Fox 25. For those who cannot recall, Ted Knight played Judge Smails in the movie. Well, we checked it out. And Baker's kinda right. We say kinda, because, well, he doesn't have to impersonate Smails. It comes natural.
Check out the video and pass it along, folks.
In Charlie Baker's world, it can be hard to tell who your friends are. Last week, we followed up on the great work David Bernstein over at Talking Politics in the Phoenix has done detailing how Charlie Baker has been palling around with extremest Republican candidate Bill Hudak. Then, Jim Braude asked Charlie if he is planning to vote for Bill. Charlie said--well actually, Charlie didn't say much at all. Watch for yourself:
Last week, we explained that in Charlie Baker's World, his story about his role in the Big Dig financing scheme seems to change over time. Charlie claims he was only responsible for 10% of the problem. Now, we don't know how percentages work in Charlie Baker's World, but it seems he wants us to believe he was hardly involved. Well, we've been doing some real world math and it seems like others have too - - like the Boston Globe:
In Charlie Baker's World, it can be hard to find enough people who have had enough.
Just a little Friday Fun from your pals at Charlie Baker's World.
In Charlie Baker's World, sometimes there are unfortunate interactions with people from the real world like this one with Erica calling into the Dan Rea show.
"Let me ask you a question Erica. There are lots of people..in local government and there are lots of people in the private sector who took big reductions in their salary and their wages over the course of the past two years. Big ones. I know cities and towns where people negotiated 5, 7, 8 percent reductions across the board in what people have gotten paid. I know people who have lost 10, 15, 20 percent of what they were getting paid in the private sector. Do you know anybody in the in state government that actually was negotiated through a reduction of anything like that?"
"Absolutely, I was."
In Charlie Baker's World, there are some interesting characters lurking in the corners. Funny thing is no one wants to talk about what they are doing there.
Take Bill Hudak, Republican Candidate for the United State Congress, for example. This guy certainly has interesting taste in lawn signs. In 2008, he decorated his yard with signs that depicted President Barack Obama as terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Hudak also had "proof" printed off the Internet that Barack Obama was really born in Kenya. In the real world, usually candidates for statewide office would steer clear of such a character.
Instead in Charlie Baker's World, he attends Hudak fundraisers and can't really explain why he is there.
"I don't know where I'm going to be or who I'm going to be with between now and the end of the race.''
Then some photos turned up on Charlie Baker's own campaign website of a supporter wearing a shirt that compares President Obama to Hitler.
In the real world, this type of photo raises a red flag somewhere between the camera flash and a campaign website to become Governor of the Commonwealth. Not so much in Charlie Baker's World where responsibility is deflected to others.
"It's clear the Patrick campaign ... will do whatever it takes to bring this campaign into the gutter.''
In the real world, palling around with Hudak brings them closer to that gutter.
Instead of the traditional line between the Pioneer Valley and Worcester County serving as the Gateway of Western Massachusetts, Charlie Baker's World opts to let the interstate highway system define who is in or out.
This unfortunate oversight has led to several snafus for Charlie Baker as he addresses voters in unfamiliar territory.
In the real world, folks from Western Mass don't like it when you describe the place they live as "west of 495". Actually, folks from Central Mass don't like it much either.
In Charlie Baker's World, good news stories for Massachusetts are often bad news. A classic example is when CNBC ranked Massachusetts the 5th best state in the nation for business.
For the first time in the history of this ranking, a state from the Northeast finished in the top five. More impressively, Massachusetts moved up 3 places from its 8th place ranking in 2009 and 10 spots from its 15th place ranking in 2008.
Massachusetts received points for its quality of life, education, technology and innovation. In the real world, this is good news for Massachusetts. Very good news.
Back in Charlie Baker's World, the day CNBC announced their rankings, the Baker campaign said:
"Today's new rankings by CNBC further highlight the failures of the Patrick Administration during the last four years."
Failure??? For a 5th place ranking out of a possible 50? Good news about our state must not exist in Charlie Baker's World.
In Charlie Baker's World, what he says about his role in the Big Dig financing scheme seems to change over time.
"I don't think it had anything to do with me. I mean the Turnpike Authority was running it at that point in time," Charlie Baker said.
Here is how they tell the real world about all the excitement and energy that exists inside Charlie Baker's World. They tweet it.
"CB_Powers: Great crowd in Worcester. Now off to Lowell! The message of folks having enough of Beacon Hill is resonating everywhere!" 1:04 PM May 18th
Unfortunately, a real world account of the event goes something like this in Boston Magazine:
"Baker is standing at a lectern with his supporters lined up behind him on tiers of cement steps. But because the turnout is so dreadful, there's almost no one left for him to address. As he begins his speech, he's talking to just a handful of staffers and journalists. There are 13 people sitting at the tables and chairs that occupy the square behind City Hall, but their curious looks make it clear they haven't come for the speech." 'These are all his people,' a photographer from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette keeps saying. 'There's no public here.'
Sometimes in Charlie Baker's World, when the facts from the Real World are not on your side, then just make up new ones.
for all his professed policy expertise, he has gotten some basic facts wrong, including his assertion that Mitt Romney left the governor's office in 2007 with a $5 billion surplus. (Romney left a balanced budget with no surplus, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.)
-- Boston Globe 3/7/10
And people are starting to notice.
I may have called it a surplus yesterday. I didn't call it a surplus today.
"Baker left facts behind"-- Boston Globe 2/6/10
See, in Charlie Baker's World, it is normal to make up numbers and statistics. Maybe tomorrow they will make up some new things.
Welcome to Charlie Baker's world: a tongue-in-cheek look at a special place where Charlie Baker can use "facts" that aren't true; a place where, when things don't go well, it isn't his fault or he wasn't involved; a place where anything might happen.