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Tag Archives: Charlie Baker
The presumptive 2014 Republican nominee for Governor, Charlie Baker, will have to campaign hard to win in November simply because the state of affairs in the Bay State is pretty good and the outgoing Democratic governor, despite concerted efforts by rightwing pols and pundits, will exit the stage to general applause. Unfortunately for Baker he has the additional burden of his political party’s very unpopular brand in Massachusetts.
Without every intending to do so I’ve gotten dragged in over my head, to discussing the Affordable Care Act and the Congressional Budget Office report that caused so much controversy. When I posted How the Parties Still Deliver on Tuesday, I wrote that the CBO report bolsters the notion that the ACA delivers for the Democrats’ traditional constituency of low-income workers; and the Bush tax cuts delivered for the Republicans’ key constituency, Wall Street. When I read the CBO report I had it in mind to ask, who are the beneficiaries? But I got diverted on the partisan track.
Then some commenters protested my view (I like you too, Jeff) and I thought, but if one was a low income worker and read the CBO report, one might conclude that the ACA has been very good for me indeed, especially if I was interested in better access to health care while working fewer hours and having more disposable income. Since then I’ve gotten a bit more education about low-income workers, thanks to a study by my UMB colleagues economists Randy Albelda and Michael Carr, as chronicled in a CBS News MoneyWatch article How America became the land of the low-wage bread winner.
At a lunch last week at Suffolk Law School, Charlie Baker was asked about his position on the South Coast rail. He didn’t rush to support the current project and paused before noting that perhaps making New Bedford and Fall River less dependent on Boston’s wealth might be a good thing. That’s a thoughtful pause.
I hope that regular readers will forgive me for borrowing from Professor Ubertaccio’s post Oh, It’s on in the 9th! Or is it? But our theme is similar, one that Professor Duquette stresses as well: the poverty of the personality preoccupied political punditry. My latest nominee for media masterpiece of misdirection is from the Boston Herald, Battenfeld: McCormick throws new wrinkle into gov race.
Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane published a column on Tuesday, Baker, Tisei face the Tea Party smear that was premier punditry — heroes (Baker and Tisei) and villains (the Democratic Party). Personality politics entertains but the column wasn’t very helpful in examining the import of the Tea Party charge in taking advantage of the political polarization that handicaps Republican candidates in Massachusetts, so let’s give it a go.
The WBUR/MassINC Polling Group is just out with their January 2014 poll, the results are in, and the Biggest Loser is (drum roll) . . . #Mapoli Nation!
This may seem suspect since #Mapoli is an amorphous concept; that and the fact that WBUR/MIPG didn’t ask a question about #Mapoli.
Allen West, the infamously stupid and extreme Tea Party congressman from Florida who was defeated for re-election in 2012, did an interview recently on Boston Herald Radio about politics and politicians in the Bay State. The Herald’s Joe Battenfeld wrote about it in his column this morning. Go here for a sampling of West’s famous stupidity. You have to wonder if the folks at the Herald aren’t secretly working on behalf of the Democratic Party.
As my colleague Professor Duquette argued yesterday the Republican Tea Party faction presents a challenge to the Charlie Baker-Karyn Polito ticket. That is the sort of political conundrum good pols solve. A more portentous problem for the campaign may be, can the uber-manager tame the Wild Boys of the GOP whose excesses have driven recent Republican campaigns off message? Let’s recount a few of those episodes.
Charlie Baker’s route to the corner office is getting a bit bumpy. As Professor Cunningham’s Monday post indicated, the small, but feisty, Tea Party faction of the MassGOP seems to have decided that Mr. Baker and his chosen Lt. Governor running mate need to be reminded of their base voters’ preferences. There simply is no delicate way to put this: They are horribly wrong!
Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe’s business columnist, provided a public service the other day by running down what all the gubernatorial candidates have to say about casinos in Massachusetts. Recent casino stories have included East Boston voting down a casino and Revere attempting to adopt it, the travails of Chairman Steve Crosby, Governor Deval Patrick suing to stop a Native American casino on Martha’s Vineyard, Repeal the Casino Deal advocates filing enough signatures to reach the ballot and preparing an effort to overturn Attorney General Martha Coakley’s disapproval of the ballot measure, and on and on. Everywhere you look there are known-knowns, known-unknowns, and politicians should fear, some unknown-unknowns.