(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 26, 2019) — When acting Berkshire County district attorney Paul Caccaviello decided to seek the office he now holds via a write-in campaign after losing the Democratic Party primary bid to Andrea Harrington, he surprised a lot of folks, including (and especially) Harrington. Team Harrington has been playing catch up ever since.

Team H’s main tactic has been to say “He can’t win. Impossible. No chance,” repeating it often enough that they might actually begin to believe it themselves. That would be a mistake, partly because of the danger in letting up on the relentless pace of campaigning that brought Harrington the nomination in the first place.

The danger of a letdown looms large because of how Harrington thought she could relax and coast her way to a November coronation. No way that happens now, with Cacc’s dramatic write-in bid capturing the imaginations of those who vote and those who normally wouldn’t vote but now will. To compound the danger, Harrington’s first unofficial “official” move was her now-infamous phone call to Melissa Mazzeo. The rashness of the blunder spoke of panic.

Prior to floating the “He can’t win” strategy, Team Harrington painted Cacc’s move as a kind of insult, as if he were trying to introduce moldy Oreo cookies at a Buckingham Palace duck-and-goose soire. They called him a “sore loser,” ignoring that the electoral system has a provision for just such a write-in or sticker campaign. They said a write-in effort disrespected the primary results, a logical confusion based on the faulty premise that two elections are not separate, which they are, but united.

In fact, Cacciavello’s actions are the opposite of “mocking the system.” In seeking the office as a write-in candidate, he’s playing out the democratic process to its fullest, allowing the broadest participation of the electorate. If Harrington is secure with her narrow win in the primary, she should welcome the chance to prove it was no fluke. Moreover, let us repeat: A primary win is one thing: separate, self-contained, indivisible. The general election opens up entirely new electoral options, one of which — the write-in — Caccaviello has decided to exercise. Could it be “The Players” among Harrington backers betray a tinge of jealousy at Cacc’s bold move, wishing they could “be their own man” the way he is doing with his sticker bid?

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He can’t win? THE PLANET says he CAN win. Here are the factor of “how” and “why.”

  • This isn’t the typical “protest” campaign. This one will be conducted by a known name with financial and organizational backing.
  • There will be a full vote across the political spectrum. This gives the county’s 7,614 Republicans a say. THE PLANET never thought we’d see the day where GOP voters would have the chance to decide a local general election. That day has arrived. Caccaviello’s perceived “tough on crime” stance should the greater number of that electoral subset as opposed to Harrington’s supposed “softer, gentler” approach.
  • There are alsi 48,497 unenrolled (independent) voters in the county. They will have more reason to vote in November than they did first time out because in the general election, these people had to declare a party — in this case, Democratic — in order to vote. That required them to ditch their “unenrolled” status, become “Democrats” for a day, then switch back to “unenrolled. In November, independents won’t have to go through the trouble. They can simply vote as they are for the candidate of their choice irrespective of party. The removal of that hassle will bring a flood of independent voters to the polls in November. Turnout could be more than 10,000 new voters.
  • History shows that successful write-in campaigns are conducted in areas with (a) low population and (b) small media markets where advertising is inexpensive. That precisely describes Berkshire County.
  • With only two candidates, Caccaviello will need only to win a simple majority and not a plurality.
  • The Knight Factor: Judith Knight took 5,066 votes in the primary. She is backing Cacc. It follows that most of her supporters will take the cue. They know that Harrington made a major blunder when she asked Pittsfield state rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier to bully Knight to drop out and endorse Andrea. That alienated the Knight camp, and the general election will provide an opportunity for payback. Yes, and she’s a bitch. Payback, that is.
  • Unlike in the primary, the candidate who wins Pittsfield will win in November. THE PLANET held and still does that Pittsfield, not Williamstown or Great Barrington, holds the key to this election. Cacc’s Pittsfield win in September gives him a huge electoral boost, one that typically is not found in a write-in campaign.
  • The opportunity to make political history should play a small role here. Cacc has a chance to go down in county political annals for the ages. That should provide a small adrenaline boost, and small differences might prove large when officials tally the final vote.

Paul Caccaviello assumes more than just responsibility for a write-in effort. He takes on Dame Victory herself. She stands before him, imposing but ready to be wooed. To win her love, Cacc will have to go courting as fervently as a lovesick lad in spring.

Today, we spelled out “why” Cacc can win this race. In The Weekend Edition, we will present the blueprint for “how.” Stay tuned.


“In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks” — John Muir.



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  1. Acute Angina
    September 27, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    Senator Coons has an Elmer Fudd head.

  2. Shelly Liver
    September 27, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    To bad she’s not as smart as you gauge, it would go a lot easier. Or should I say Dr. Gauge.

    • 12 Gauge
      September 27, 2018 at 9:37 am #

      Dr. 12 Gauge to you.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

      Shelly Cirrhosis of the Liver. Did you mean Too bad?

  3. Pat
    September 27, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    I agree with12gauge. Ford’s demeanor is that of a California airhead. She has only been testifying for about 90 minutes, but she got confused about something and smiled and apologized by saying she was now getting tired.

  4. mi
    September 27, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    Other than the fact that Rachel squeezed out of her(Blasé) and she likes to fly and goes around the world, what is she searching for. Keep on the subject Rache,what did the JUDGE DO TO the poor Woman…….All of Roaches questions, are questioning her character…. This woman is clearly telling the truth.

    With that being said, they’re all in it together and bias, on both sides. All about the money is right.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 9:40 am #

      The woman is clearly neurotic and lying in my opinion. I am not convinced by her testimony so far.

      • Johnny Absurd
        September 27, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        and you would surely know about neurotic Pat. In fact, you take it to the next level.

        • Pat
          September 27, 2018 at 11:38 am #

          Sorry Johnny Absurd, but you are being absurd. The woman has serious issues that are NOT related to Brett Kavanaugh. She is just not believable from this woman’s perspective.

  5. Acute Angina
    September 27, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    Ford seems pretty stupid for a P.H.D..

    Now stolen valor phony Bluminthal is talking.where do the dems find these characters? Buggs Bunny cartons. Bluminthal sounds just like Daffy Duck.

  6. 12 Gauge
    September 27, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    She wants to hide lies behind attorney client privilege.

  7. Pat
    September 27, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    Wouldn’t be think that somebody gagging your mouth so you couldn’t breathe or speak would be your clearest and most traumatic memory and not people laughing at you as Ford has stated?!?

  8. Pat
    September 27, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Wouldn’t you think that somebody gagging your mouth with their hand so you couldn’t speak would be your clearest and most traumatic memory of this event and not people laughing at you as Ford has stated?!?

  9. 12 Gauge
    September 27, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    He had trouble getting my clothes off because I was wearing a one piece bathing suit under my clothes….. how does that work?

    They were so drunk that they were pinballing of the walls…….. but he had the strength and coordination to hold her down….. Bull shit.

  10. Pat
    September 27, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    The talking heads even on FOX keep saying that the woman questioning Ford hasn’t struck a blow yet, but that isn’t her job as far as I know. She is just asking questions. The Dems are the ones going for high drama by asking questions meant to make Ford look credible. I think the Republicans should have had some time for questioning since the Dems are getting in too many leading questions.

    If I was questioning her, and I am far from being a professional interrogator, even I would challenge her on many of her answers.

    • dusty
      September 27, 2018 at 11:14 am #

      Pat, if you follow the bouncing ball you can see that the Republican representative is setting up a case for the whole thing being directed and promoted by the democrats. She is not interested in any sexual molestation but rather if she can tie blame the whole thing on a democratic deep state. Sadly, that is all they have and it reeks of desperation.

      • Pat
        September 27, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        I’m not really interested in any of that Dusty. I’m interested in whether Ms. Ford is telling the truth and my opinion is that she is not telling the truth. I was shocked because I fully expected that the answer to the question of what do you remember that was the most traumatic and clear for you of your memories of that event and she said the laughter of the two teen boys, I couldn’t believe it. Somebody putting their hand over my mouth would be very traumatic and it would be my worst and clearest memory. That’s just one reason why I question her story. There are many other holes in her story.

        • Thomas More
          September 27, 2018 at 11:37 am #

          You seem to post from experience with things like this Pat.

          • Pat
            September 27, 2018 at 11:40 am #

            We women have the gift of being able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes Thomas Moore.

  11. 12 Gauge
    September 27, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Harris, another speech from a Moon bat. Does she have any questions?

  12. H
    September 27, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Keep talking you guys… P and G.vWe are laughing at you. Either rump withdraws the name, gets voted down and he doesn’t get re-elected. Take Yas pick. Trump outsmarted himself this time.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      Keep laughing. It doesn’t bother me. I think women are better at telling whether another woman is being truthful. My female instincts are saying she is not being truthful. Her answers and her demeanor did not impress me.

      • Harrison
        September 27, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        My male instincts says Kavinaugh is not credible. He first goes on Fox and says he just studied, and did his church services, then backtracks, and now says he partied hard.
        My male instincts think he was too effed up that night to remember.

        • Pat
          September 27, 2018 at 11:55 am #

          If Ms. Ford wasn’t drunk or on drugs as she said, why didn’t she remember more about the where and when of the event?

          Ford not being drunk also blows holes in the stories of other women accusers who say that Kavanaugh and the other guy would ply women with liquor before attempting their sexual conquests. Ms. Ford said she was completely sober.

          • Harrison
            September 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

            H is right Pat.

  13. H
    September 27, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    Rachel’s a big bag of wind.Useless. Where did she get her street cred from?

  14. The School committee
    September 27, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Republican questioning of the assault did not happen here.Republicans were questioning not weather Kavanaugh did it as I think they conceded that it happened by denying the question but moved on to which democrat aided you coming before the committee…….they wanted to be political.They failed.She again said she wanted the FBI to investigate.She knows Kavanaugh and would suggest his friend be a witness

  15. The School committee
    September 27, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Pat ,I don’t believe your instincts serve you well.In the time Trump has been president you believe hes Gorton smarter and he doing more for you.How much more per paycheck do you get under Trump

  16. The School committee
    September 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Kavanaugh sounds like he’s a media victim and the Dr.Ford is not.Hes been coached to go down in a blaze of glory.He is now smearing the good name of Ford.They are saying she’s a liar.Fox news wrote his speech.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      School Committee you were so convinced that the women coming out against President Trump and accusing him of sexual misdeeds were telling the truth, but they were all paid off to tell lies except one who had some morals, didn’t accept the money and told the truth. You and your fellow Dems covered that up in the media so excuse me if I don’t think you have the ability to tell truth from lies.

      • Shelly Liver
        September 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        You and Kavanaught outta get a room. Zero Street Cred.

  17. Shelly Liver
    September 27, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Kavanaugh uses the his poor kid ( daughter) of saying prayers for Doctor Ford. To the kids- Direct the Prayers to your Father. Dr. Ford is not lying, fritz- Pat-12-Gauge others, you know it, we all know it. This guy is a real creep.

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      He also seems quite unstable. Holy crap. He is crying like someone who has too much wine. Is he loaded or what?

      • Pat
        September 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

        You may find it amusing Mr. Absurd. Some of us find it very sad. This man was a complete nerd in high school. No way he did any of this stuff.

        • Johnny Absurd
          September 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

          On the plus side, I would vote to give him an Oscar for his performance. tom Hanks has nothing on this guy.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        JA, the man has a heart and soul. The democrats don’t.

    • 12 Gauge
      September 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Does your back hurt you? It must when you have your head up your rear all the time.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

        That was not for Pat

  18. May Hemm
    September 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    r u sure this guy is a judge and graduated top in his class? Trump played this perfectly. Next!

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      Sorry May Hemm but many women in this country are angry about these accusations and don’t so casually brush off destroying the life of a family man on a he said/she said situation. This has NOTHING do do with President Trump. This is a very sad day for our country and should be treated as such.

  19. Wondrous
    September 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    In Heaven there ain’t no beer, that’s why we drink it here. Kav never grinded his genitals, give him that one, cuz he ain’t got none. The guys a creep, is correct. Next.

    • Spagirl
      September 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm #


  20. Art Seller
    September 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Lindsay Graham has just shown the world what I have known for a long time. He is a total idiot and just stated he will vote for Kavanaugh.. He has been stating this for the longest time. Lindsay we are still gathering information in this hearing you idiot. Now let’s hear from all who think like linbsay? Like Dan stated we are looking for the truth but I think Dan would agree that Lindsay is not looking for the truth and that makes him a person who should not be a US Senator. He is like Scump who also doesn’t look for the truth. Now I will get back to the hearing so that I may be able to weigh everything before I come to any decision. The truth will set us free

    • Spagirl
      September 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      Lindsay Graham took the mask off. The code of ethics has hit the lowest bar. Stand up and make an ass out of yourself defending a sexual predator.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

      I saw Sen. Graham’s speech. I thought it was spot-on, and I agreed with him: The Senate hit the all-time low that it did with the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s.

      • Art Seller
        September 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

        Dan Graham tirade was a disgrace. He is and has been a supporter of naugh from day one and didn’t listen to either of the individuals. Graham is following Scumps directions because he was told to be a good boy and come to the hearings and make a fool of yourself and I will make you theAG if I am still around in the new year. Well he made a fool of himself alright and he better hope Scump keeps his promise because I think he may be voted out of office after that performance.

        • Art Seller
          September 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

          One additional comment. I saw your new pictures. When I saw the first one I thought I was on Sean Conrys site. Are you sure you really are Dan Valenti? Remember the truth will set you free!!!!!!

          • 12 Gauge
            September 27, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

            Art your political instincts are extremely poor. Lindsay Graham proved himself to be a patriot today.

      • Pat
        September 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

        I agree Dan V. Senator Graham was exactly right.

      • The School committee
        September 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        In the end it was Graham who said covertly outloud that how dare Mrs.Ford accuse Mr. Kavanaugh……How dare dems ask questions of the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh……Kavanaugh acted like he had a few for lunch…….its so close to happening he can taste it.

      • Silent Cal
        September 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

        The Senate was on a democrat protection mission with the army McCarthy hearings. I hope you are not implying that McCarthy did anything wrong at the hearings.

  21. Harrison
    September 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    This guy has lied. If he didn’t lie about Ford’s accusations, he most certainly lied about his alcohol consumption and his partying. He has had a pretty stellar career after graduating from college, but he has still lied. His reputation is marred. FBI needs to investigate.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

      Everybody lies about alcohol consumption in high school. He’s NOT an alcoholic. That doesn’t just go away in adulthood just like being a sexual predator doesn’t just stop when you graduate from high school.

      • The School committee
        September 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

        He was a binge drinker in high school and college at the least.I know his type very high functioning binge drinker,end of story.Athlete ,studious leader co captain and clique leader and head partier,We all know a guy like this.Huge ego and could possibly lose everything and I was seeing a man losing it on national tv to the point of almost sobbing,……..He does not want the investigation and this is over…….

        • The School committee
          September 27, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

          I believe hes in,but his crybaby thing followed by Senator Linda Grahams out of control tears was all rehearsed.

  22. Art Seller
    September 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Haven’t decided yet but one thing is crystal clear. These republicans and Kavanaugh do not want a further background investigation by the FBI. This in itself should disqualify the candidate. No one can honestly say that kavanaugh has come across as being completely honest. Subpoena several of the individuals mentioned during the hearing and swear them in and watch their stories change. Based on just what I saw and heard I would never confirm Kavanaugh. What do I think will happen next. I think flake Collins Merkowski and or will suggest the FBI do a further background investigation. This would be logical.If not scump will pull him or he will be voted down.

    • Spagirl
      September 27, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

      He had all he could do not to come unhinged. Absolutely would not agree to an FBI investigation, and made excuses about a lie detector test.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

      Don’t be an idiot watch this…

  23. U
    September 27, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

    Yeah, but he swore to God, I heard him,through the Holy Spirit Senator.

    • Spagirl
      September 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      If a woman yelled, interrupted, and began to cry they would call her unhinged. Another double standard.

  24. Ozias Vincelette
    September 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    Are there any open minds left anywhere? Certainly nothing changed today. Democrats will all vote no and probably all Republicans will vote yes.
    I want to be a pedestrian! Remember that one Dan?

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Chuck it’s the pedestrians who get run over. Especially in Pittsfield.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        September 28, 2018 at 7:57 am #


  25. Shelly Liver
    September 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    You gotta admit, the Trump candidate fits the mold. Let’s stop playing games here. You heard the testimony, if you will, who do you really believe? Ah, the laughter comment, like the quote in the Silents of the Lambs.

    • Pat
      September 27, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

      I believe Mr. Kavanaugh that’s for sure!!!!

  26. Art Seller
    September 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    I give naugh an A for debauchary He is a clone of Scump deny deny deny and deny deny etc etc. If there is any justice this guy doesn’t get confirmed. If he does we may see a civil war. It will be between the sane and insane. The sane will win out because sanity always prevails except in Scumps world but soon he also will be gone. Is there any sane people out there who thinks I may be right? Fritz 12 TDs pat acute angina and your ilk no sense in responding because we know what you have to say before you say it. NOTHING

    • Acute Angina
      September 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      I heard Kavanaugh threatened to shoot Ford and burn her house down.

  27. Art Seller
    September 27, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Lest we forget we have two other accusers who claim the same treatment by naugh. What should we do not hear a word from them? If you agree what does that say about you? I say let’s hear from everyone After a FBI investigation and let the elected senators do their jobs and ask their own questions.Those eleven republicans on the committee are an American disgrace and they introduced themselves to the world as to the embarrassments which we have to put up with as our US Senators. Naugh even claimed this is all about putting scump down. Well that may be the one honest thing he said. Bye Bye naugh today Bye Bye Scump soon. There is no room for people like SCUMP and NAUGH in this country let alone in the highest office in the land and 2ñd highest position in our democracy. These two should go live with Vlad. He likes men “mice” like them and they can party day and night and grab women by the ? And anything else they please and not have any worry about anything. Let’s also not forget that Scump has no less than 20 women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Are we going to get justice for those women? There are some on this board who could watch Scump shoot someone and would say they didn’t see it happen. Scump himself said he could shoot someone in broad daylight and get Way with it. This is what we have come to under Scump. I call black black white white a horse a horse but I can not any longer say that anyone would be truthful because scump has changed everything and he has a whole lot of people who admire him and support him and what does that say about us as a democracy. At the UN the worlds leaders were laughing at this buffoon. Is it too late to save ourselves from this miscreant? It’s never too late to cut out a cancer. We must operate in November and get it all out

    • Moon River
      September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      The U.N. is a bigger joke than you are.

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Gaetani, alias Art, Shelley, and all your multiple personalities,
      You have very poor judgement. Dr. Ford still has not offered any facts or witnesses. We all know this outrageous hearing today is nothing more than a delay tactic & smear job of a Trump appointment to the Supreme Court.
      Hats off to Senator Graham for calling a spade a spade. I have even more respect today for Brett Kavanaugh – he gave a terrific speech. The Dems have dragged him & his family through the mud just for political reasons. He is an outstanding person and deserves to be appointed as a SCJ!

      • mi
        September 28, 2018 at 4:06 am #

        Then you would be open to an investigation,thought so.

  28. CosbiesLadies
    September 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    This woman had nothing to gain? Common sense Senators !

  29. Joe Pinhead
    September 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    Scary is the only word or emotion that can be used to describe today. With over 300 opinions authored in the federal court we heard about a boys prose he wrote in his and others year books. Is this what really matters? Tell me if Roe V Wade is relitigated do you think one of the salient arguments will be did the pong ball bounce in the red cup? or will it be Did Roe have ketchup on the spaghetti? The charges against the nominee could not be substantiated and sorry didn’t seem credible beyond political boundaries. Simply put the Dems demonstrated exactly why Donald Trump was elected the people are simply sick of the juvenile factioning. I was totally surprised and frankly extremely frightened that some of these people are elected. At the end of the day all the actors played to the intellectual capacity and the desires of the voting public we the people should be nothing less than Ralphing

    Let the hammering begin
    just sayin

  30. Spagirl
    September 28, 2018 at 12:08 am #

    Two people testafied today. One passed a lie detector test and wanted an FBI investigation. The other was belligerant, definant, and refused to answer the question. Mark Judge is the elephant in the room. He is in hiding. The vote will get rammed through. But this baby, is far far from over. America will have a say.

    • Spagirl
      September 28, 2018 at 12:09 am #


    • danvalenti
      September 28, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Multiple times now Judge has provided investigators with sworn testimony under penalty of prosecution and perjury.