It did not stand for Venture Capital Man. Unfortunately, it is for Vaporman.
I confess that I hardly watch TV and do not see Newsnight. A tip of the toque to Adam Reilly at Talking Politics for recapping the V man's mush mouth responses to same-sex-marriage questions.
Gabby lovers know how to suspend disbelief, even in two segments in which he equivocated on nearly every question. Let us consider whether a candidate who wants voters to accept all his generalities and not press for any specifics or positions on key issues is likely to be a good governor.
You can see the whole embarrassing Vaporman mess in his very own hedging words at NECN Shows. These are on July 17th, Gabrieli on the Big Dig, other issues and Gabrieli on the Big Dig, other issues (Part 2).
After seeing those two clips, I can see him looking over a restaurant menu and saying he wants some protein and carbohydrates for breakfast, but never actually deciding on the dishes.
Specifically to SSM, Braude brought up the very topical ConCon delay on voting on the anti-SSM amendment. This is very public and very loud, and offered Gabby a chance to shine solo. It started off badly and went to worse. To start:
Q. You’re for gay marriage; you support gay marriage. Last week the legislature in constitutional convention decided to postpone their decision on gay marriage, if there is to be one, until two days after the election. Was that the right decision?The non-answers continued on this subject close to the mind of this blog. Also, we listened to both segments and found this was Vaporman's style throughout. Almost without exception, he could not, would not take a meaningful stand on nearly anything. If you favor generalities, this is your candidate.
A. I think that they wanted to take it out of this year’s cycle, I’m guessing. I understand their logic. Look, I think they’ve got to eventually vote on this. I hope that they will defeat it, because I think it is a bad idea for Massachusetts.
Q. You want them to vote it up or down?
A. I hope that they will get the votes to defeat it.
Among an entire interview of pointed questions, he did manage a paltry few stands. He answered simply, "Yes," when asked whether Turnpike head Matt Amorello had to go, for example. So, he knows how to do it.
Unfortunately, these few decisive responses are mired in a deep swamp of jive. On whether taxes need to go back to 5%, he went off saying that "When you speak of hypotheticals, who knows?" (Of course, we expect the candidate to know and to tell us what we'd vote for with him.)
The huge hovering softball in the whole mess lobbed early when Braude asked him whether rival Tom Reilly was doing a good job on the Big Dig tunnel mess. Braude noted first that Reilly has gotten the stage to himself in this effort. So, the question was more than fair.
Even here, Gabby muttered about running against Reilly. So, he said that he couldn't comment. Is that lack of courage, misguided sportsmanship or lack of wit? He should have known this question would come and it would be fair commentary, even if he wanted to phrase it that as a citizen he was judging the attorney general's actions.
Double pooh on him! Talk to us, Chris.
Don't get mad at Adam or me. Get pissed at Gabby. If you love him, let him know that this is the exact time to be sincere and to take a stand...on something.
Tags: massmarrier, Massachusetts, Chris Gabrieli