Weekly roundup: BU experts on leaks of classified information, President Obama, Romney emails, & MA Senate race

June 8th, 2012

election-sub2-2012Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

Analysts: ‘The ship of state always leaks,’ but damage is less certain (CNN.com): “The ship of state always leaks. You have commanders in chief like John F. Kennedy. He was surprised that more secrets on what they were planning didn’t get out. It goes with the job. This is part of political gamesmanship. Because it is an election year, everything is heightened, and a leak takes on more importance,” Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Obama encounters rough going in early race (Boston Globe): “One of the most loyal constituencies in terms of providing money and organization and people for Democrats has been unions, but what this vote shows is the [public’s] resentment of public sector unions, even in a traditional pro-union state like Wisconsin.” Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences

Experts: Lefty panel could be tough for Elizabeth Warren (Boston Herald): “Her participation in an event that offers so many potential pitfalls is a rookie error. Who is running her campaign? It’s amateur hour. This Senate seat is too important for them to mess around.” Tom Whalen

Romney healthcare emails revealed (WCVB): “The Etch-A-Sketch candidate lives after reading this email traffic. Romney seems like a better salesman for national healthcare than President Obama.” Tom Whalen

Elizabeth Warren edges closer in Mass. Senate race (NPR “All Things Considered”): “The question is, is there another moccasin that’s going to drop. If it wasn’t for the people’s pledge, we would be watching nothing but old black and white cowboy and Indian movies with all sorts of special effects. This would just be brutal.” Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Tom Menino slow to back Elizabeth Warren (Boston Herald): “The strength of a Menino endorsement of Warren should be measured by the mayor’s enthusiasm and how much stumping he does. Scott Harshbarger, for example, he didn’t enthusiastically embrace his candidacy and it led to his (Harshbarger’s) defeat.” Tom Whalen

The race for U.S. Senate (WFXT): Tom Whalen talks to Fox 25 News about the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

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