Tag Archives: Deval Patrick

What Deval Patrick’s 2010 Win May Tell Us About 2014

I was just wondering – exactly how did Governor Deval Patrick defeat Charlie Baker and win re-election in 2010? I know plenty of people have their theories but the governor had some pretty ugly numbers. Or maybe I’ve just been looking in the wrong places.

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Battling Press Releases

On the eve of the MassGOP convention both state party organizations have fired off press releases aimed at rallying the troops at the other party’s expense.

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Charlie, I Have Good News and Bad News

Things should be looking up for Charlie Baker. He heads into the Republican convention this Saturday with only a Tea Party opponent.  As the five Democratic candidates scramble toward their own convention, one thing is sure: none of them can match the charismatic appeal of Deval Patrick. But then the master of political poetry has endured multiple calamities attending the prose of governing: the Department of Children and Families, the medical marijuana licensing controversy, and now the news that the state is firing CGI, the contractor that bungled the state’s health care connector system. It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good and managerial wizard Baker is poised to take advantage of Governor Patrick’s administrative woes.

Unless it doesn’t matter; and it may not due to the increasing electoral polarization of the country that has resulted in gubernatorial results closely tracking presidential outcomes in each state. That is the case made by Prof. Dan Hopkins of Georgetown University in a fivethirtyeightpolitics.com post, All Politics is Presidential.

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How the 15% Rule Promotes Democracy

Professor Ubertaccio stood up for the Democratic Party’s 15% rule yesterday against the combined might of Boston Globe columnists Scot Lehigh and Joan Vennochi. Lehigh argues that the party requirement robs voters of a wider range of voices in the primary. Vennochi criticizes party insiders deciding what the people alone should determine. Professor Ubertaccio replied that in fact the caucus and convention system is a positive boon for self-government.

Let me add two additional reasons to support Professor Ubertaccio’s case. The caucus/convention system adds a counterweight in favor of the citizen versus big money influence; and the organization bolstered by the system pays off politically.

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America’s Best Chance for Gold, Rush or Howie?

What if there was an Outrage Media Olympics? Who would bring home the gold in events like radio talking, op-ed writing, cable TV news analysis, and political blogging? Who would lead the American team? Would left wing bloviators, feeling out gunned, form their own team; the Anti-American Outrage Media team?

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Charlie Baker’s thoughtful pause

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.

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Can Charlie Baker Tame the GOP Wild Boys?

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.

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Craps Go the Casinos?

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.

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A Tale of Two Republicans: Charlie Baker and Gabriel Gomez

There goes that liberal Boston Globe again – giving over its op-ed space to Republicans Charlie Baker and Gabriel Gomez. Baker of course wishes to be elected governor, and many speculate that Gomez would like to go along with Baker as his hand-picked lieutenant governor candidate.  The op-eds provide further evidence that elevating Gomez is a bad idea. Baker is a serious and thoughtful candidate and Gomez well, to put it kindly, is not.

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The Conley-Walsh Contrast: Money Muscle vs. Muscle Muscle

There was a striking contrast in political news in the July 16 Boston Globe. One story announced Mayoral candidate Daniel Conley set to launch TV ads — they are expensive but Conley has the money. Another story revealed that Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh would step down to move to Governor Deval Patrick’s “together PAC.” Walsh isn’t known for the muscle of money but the muscle of muscle – specifically the muscles in the feet and legs of the thousands of volunteers he deployed door-to-door to help elect Governor Patrick and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.

So we may soon have a lesson in the importance of money versus volunteer power in the mayoral election.

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