This should be an interesting day here in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator to serve in Secretary of State John Kerry’s seat until a special election is held in late June.
As I’ve written before I think it would be most interesting for the governor to appoint a new and fresh figure who at least cracks the mold somewhat. The appointee would get a political boost and perhaps bypass our sclerotic sort-of democracy in the commonwealth. Perhaps another woman, Hispanic or African-American candidate, someone associated with an important issue like gun control, or someone who has achieved at the highest levels in business or academia or the non-profit world. An ideas person. Someone like Elizabeth Warren, perhaps?
Even if Steve Lynch gets in the race we’ll have a contest that looks about what we might expect in any other year. So my question to our readers is this; why was an Elizabeth Warren possible in 2012, but not in 2013? Feel free to teach the professor something here if you wish. I have some thoughts and will write on it soon.