Advocate on Deval Patrick
The Advocate has a cover story on Deval Patrick
The political playing field that Deval Patrick steps out onto is in many ways very different than it was four years ago when Mitt Romney was elected governor. In just the past year, the state has pulled to the left, against the general run of the country. Gay marriage is the law of the land, over Romney's objections, and there has been no political backlash. Former "Speaker for life" Tom Finneran is out and huggie-bear Sal DiMasi is in, bringing the state's liberal legislators like Byron Rushing (an African-American himself) out of the doghouse and into leadership positions. Although George W. Bush is president, John Kerry "cowboy'ed up" in his home state, pulling the state Legislature with him and dealing Romney and his "reform team" slate of legislative candidates a fairly stiff blow.
It's not unreasonable to read the tea leaves and conclude: a.) Gov. Romney's presidential ambitions (to the extent that voters believe he has them, his own protestations aside) make him vulnerable; b.) the Democratic party in the state is hungry for the corner office, and more unified than it has been in the past; and c.) while "liberal" may be a four-letter word in the rest of the country, it's becoming a point of pride here.
My favorite Patrick line
Patrick tipped his hat to candidate Romney, who talked about the governor as a salesman for his state and how a governor can encourage businesses to locate to the state. But Romney-as-governor hasn't been a very good salesman, Patrick said. "I believe in Massachusetts," Patrick said, drawing what he saw to be a distinction between himself and Romney. "I think the problem is: you can't sell what you're otherwise making fun of. And he's not a credible salesman because he's been going all over the country making us the butt of his joke."
and Peter Vickery gets a mention
When Patrick came to the Jones Library in Amherst on May 9, he was introduced by Governor's Councilor Peter Vickery. An outspoken progressive, Vickery's campaign for governor's council last fall energized activists in the Valley who had pulled for candidates like Robert Reich and Ralph Nader in the past. Standing in the garden behind the library before the event, Vickery told the Advocate he was backing Patrick. He said he thought Patrick was "the only candidate" who could beat Romney.
The Advocate also covered the MA Blogger movement