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Dartmouth Bubble

Posted by: Tom Keene on October 7, 2011

“He’s patient. He’s not flopping around back there. He’s very stable,” Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said. “With the style we have, he’s a really good complement for the rest of our team. We should be a really good, solid team, and he’ll be a big part of it.”

Phil Perry, New England Hockey Journal, January 2011

There will be a presidential (excuse me, a Presidential) debate, Tuesday. Suits and ties will descend upon Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH (rated #1 perfect bubble-like city). Certitude will be spoken. Candidate rebuttal debated. Knives sheathed. (It’s October, for crying out loud.)

There will be cuts. Of the eight candidates, x number will disappear into the azure mist of the Land of Speaking Fees. Y candidates will sustain until an angel descends and the Grand Old Party selects of the 8 or 9 or 10?

I suggest that Bloomberg and the Washington Post hold the debate at the Rupert C. Thompson Arena where Bob Gaudet doesn’t cut.

Rather, he takes skilled, smart underclassman and mints upperclassman who ask pointed questions that would make the American Jockocracy and GOP Candidates squirm. Even worse, they become “was educated at” and vote.

All of this dissolves to how totally disconnected the Candidates are from the public. A 14% approval rating for our Congress? Really?

Michele, Mitt, Rick-squared and rest would be so brave as to receive questions from the student Green I spoke to this perfect-bubble autumn day.

Said Candidates could do no better than to skate (stagger) in on goalie James Mello, he of Rehoboth, MA, established 1643. (Shh! I beat him glove-side high as he established how totally lame I was.) Mello would launch a pierce-ed question that would give pause. If we were ever so lucky, young Mello, Coach Gaudet and even us…would get a straight answer.

It’s A Big Country. Our political-class cynicale should understand that James Mello and all of Hanover are begging, begging for Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, and Santorum to exit their self-inflicted Dartmouth Bubble. Discuss.

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EconoChat captures Tom Keene's thoughts on economics, finance and investment. He is editor-at-large for Bloomberg News and hosts Bloomberg Surveillance and Bloomberg on the Economy on NYC1130, Sirius 129 and XM 130 and Surveillance Midday on Bloomberg Television. His complete interviews are at Tom Keene on Demand. Look for Tom on twitter @tomkeene

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