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Democratic Men and Comments “Unbecoming”

It’s been a bad week for Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman. It’s been a bad 226 years for women in politics here in the Commonwealth as the Bay State has sent a nearly exclusively male delegation to Washington since its founding.

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Who Were Those Delegates Anyway?

During the recent debate over the utility of the party conventions some critics like the Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh criticized the conventions for excluding decent candidates like Juliette Kayyem, while Professor Ubertaccio and I defended the right of political parties to make their own nominating decisions. One columnist’s back-room insider is another professor’s dedicated party activist perhaps.

A more important issue though might be, who are those delegates anyway? And what do they represent?

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The Democrats Excellent Adventure

The Democrats had a revealing week and I offer a few observations on the convention. For a game strictly limited to insiders, how to explain the quick rise of Maura Healey and Don Berwick? Will Berwick ignite the progressive fire, or will one of the traditional interest group liberals (sorry, I meant progressives), Steve Grossman or Martha Coakley face off against Charlie Baker in November? Is it really such a shame that two of the five Democratic gubernatorial candidates were shown the door on Saturday? Who were those delegates anyway?

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Massachusetts Democratic Party Leaders Need to Do the Soul-Searching on Gender

So did you hear?  Martha Coakley is in trouble.  Big trouble.  If she can’t get Democratic Party officials to coalesce around her at the June endorsing convention, her candidacy is in jeopardy.  One of Coakley’s  Democratic opponents for Governor, Steve Grossman (no stranger to elite levels within the Massachusetts Democratic Party), has even declared that Attorney General Coakley needs to do some “soul-searching” if she is unable to get the party insiders to place her firmly at the head of the convention pack.  But the facts are that Martha Coakley is up by 32 points over her closest Democratic challenger in the latest Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll.  In a hypothetical match-up with Republican Charlie Baker, she leads by 7 points.  If this is what Steve Grossman considers trouble, I want to get grounded at his house.

Grossman’s comments can be understood as a last minute appeal in a campaign that has failed to capture interest among everyday citizens of the Commonwealth.  That their tenor has been taken seriously by Democratic Party leaders, and that the “will she win the endorsing convention” narrative has dominated the early summer coverage of the Governor’s race, speaks to gendered scapegoating amongst the Democratic Party elite in Massachusetts.

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This Friday the 13th, don’t be afraid of the 15% rule

Lots of candidates are going to Worcester on Friday for the state Democratic Convention.  Not as many will leave.  And that’s a good thing. 

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Martha Coakley might “unravel at any moment”

Democrats, it’s time to move on.

Your inability to move beyond January 2010 when it comes to Martha Coakley is embarrassing. 

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News from the One Party in a One Party State

The Democrats met in convention in Lowell over the weekend amidst maneuvering by congressional candidates, committed and potential gubernatorial candidates, and politicians at lower rungs looking to move up. It’s a festival for the folks who do the ground work in the party; most of them are reliably to the left of Democrats in the electorate, not to mention the average Massachusetts voter. But the delegates represent the sinews of the party and candidate appeals reflected that fact.

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Massachusetts Legislature: Deep Blue, Pale Red

Want to know how liberal our Democratic legislature really is in comparison with Democratic legislators in other states? Or whether our tiny band of Republicans has fought the ideologically pure fight for the past twenty years? Political scientist Seth Masket of MischiefsofFaction and the University of Denver has the answer for you.

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The profs chat MaSen

Professors Cunningham and Ubertaccio chat about the contours of the Democratic nomination fight in this year’s special Massachusetts Senate election.

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The Next John Walsh?

This week I had the pleasure to interview John Walsh, the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, for UMass Boston’s public affairs radio program Commonwealth Journal on WUMB (interview will play Sunday at 7:00PM). As you might imagine Chairman Walsh was quite pleased with the November election results. He was especially enthusiastic with robust turnout in communities of color and praised rising elected officials like Boston city councilors Ayanna Pressley and Tito Jackson and state senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. We’ll surely hear more from them in the future but, I asked Chairman Walsh, what about the future John Walshs – the behind the scenes architects of political victory? Actually, he told me, many of them were recently identified in an important article in The Bay State Banner, Diversity more than a buzz word at Warren campaign.

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