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Grossman’s free media miscalculation

Steve Grossman had a plan. The plan was to spend the pre-convention period building the best campaign infrastructure and volunteer army. The post-convention summer period was supposed to be when the political media’s horse race coverage of the treasurer’s post-convention bump and the backs and forths between the Coakley and Grossman camps would provide the one-on-one media narrative necessary to move the poll numbers and soften the ground for Grossman’s late summer “air campaign.” By primary Election Day, with Grossman’s viability having been established by free and paid media exposure, the superiority of the treasurer’s ground operation would get him over the finish line ahead of the AG. Unfortunately for Grossman, the media has not fulfilled its part of the plan.

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Can Don Berwick Capture the Warren Wing?

The Atlantic’s Molly Ball wrote an interesting piece last week titled The Left’s Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries. She was careful not to claim too much for the evidence she collected but still, progressives are cheering in several congressional districts across the country. The Warren Wave began right here in Massachusetts. Will Don Berwick seize the mantle?

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Convention Speeches: Words Spoken and Missing

As I sat in the DCU Center Saturday listening to Democratic candidates’ speeches it occurred to me that some words and phrases were being repeated over and over again by candidates- “progressive” for instance. More slowly it dawned that some other words were barely being mentioned. Words used and avoided will tell us a bit about the candidates, the forum, and especially the audience.

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ProfessorU discusses the Democratic Convention on Greater Boston

Professor Ubertaccio discusses the outcome of the Democratic Convention and the race for Massachusetts Governor with Adam Reilly of WGBH’s Greater Boston.

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Should Coakley Cancel Her Globe Subscription?

This could be the week that Martha Coakley cancels her subscription to the Boston Globe.

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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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Five post-convention takeaways

The Democrats have gone home.  Before the primary election begins in earnest, I’ve a few post-Convention thoughts to consider.

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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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Boston Herald Shows What Matters, What Doesn’t

As I wrote on Tuesday there were business reasons for the Boston Herald to run a horse race poll this week but not real political reasons (though I would slightly amend that because the results showing mounting opposition to casinos were interesting). Nonetheless the debate among the five Democratic candidates hosted by the Herald was useful at illuminating what counts and what doesn’t at this stage of the nomination process.

Things that don’t count: polls, debates, and the Herald’s overheated commentary.

What does count: playing by the rules, positioning, organization, fund raising, endorsements.

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Martha Coakley, Progressive Conservative

On Tuesday the Boston Globe streamed a debate among the five Democratic candidates for governor.  My colleague and co-moderator Prof. Ubertaccio kicked it off by noting that Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has taken the casino industry’s position on whether or not a repeal of the gambling legislation can go on the statewide ballot. Prof. Ubertaccio asked if that analysis was right or wrong. It interests me because all the Democratic candidates profess to be “progressive” (not capitalized, in twenty-first century terms) but Coakley’s ruling betrays a major reform of the Progressive (capitalized, early twentieth century terms) movement – the people’s right to decide policy issues directly.

Politically, it is a case of siding with moneyed interests over the desire of citizens to take direct action on the question through the referendum process. That makes Coakley, at least on this one important issue, the leader of the state’s progressive conservatives.

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