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  •  Great story but (2+ / 0-)
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    Deval is in a world of trouble in MA. He is going to need a lot more to get himself out of the hole he is in. Personally I think he needs to look for a job in the Obama Admin. Otherwise we are looking at a Republican Governor to go with our newly minted Senator.

    •  don't believe that (9+ / 0-)

      I remember when he was "Deval who?"  With zero name recognition and the scorn of the CW. He defied the odds.

      This time his most likely GOP opponent is a... drum rolll please health insurance executive. He is also being challenged by a conservaDem defector State Treasurer, who is running as an independent.

      The people who have a world of trouble are those who adhere to the CW -- like Coakley is inevitable.

      •  Its what I see on the ground (1+ / 0-)
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        Everyone I know supported Deval Patrick. Every single one of them look at his list of accomplishments (with an overwhelmingly DEM state house) and wonder what went wrong? None of them are voting for him. His polling numbers are in the toilet.

        It is what it is and pumping Deval is just as dangerous as pumping Coakley.

        •  my experience is different (4+ / 0-)
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          greenbird, sacrelicious, Uberbah, LynneK

          and very much on the ground. And I expect two things will occur.

          1. Patrick will out organize the competition, just as he did Gabrielli and Reilly (remember him?)and kill the competition in debates.
          1. Ultimately people will have to choose who they are going to vote for, or possibly stay home.
          •  Does he have accomplishments? (0+ / 0-)

            The previous poster implied not. Your take?

            This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

            by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 01:17:23 AM PST

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            •  Is that birds chirping? (0+ / 0-)


            •  yes, many (1+ / 0-)
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              For one thing, he has made transporation infrastructure a priority, notably restoring and reviving the rail system. We see this most dramatically in my area, where working with municipalities, the feds, busineses and universities, his adminisration is making the rail corridor a linch pin of regional economic development. Because of the concentration of colleges and universities in this area, they are calling the concept "the knowledge corridor." Part of this was the development of a huge state computer complex in Holyoke which is a joint project of several companies and universities. There are many good things to say about this alone, but I would add a word about how Gov. Patrick is devoting some remedial attention to this part of the state, which has been victimized by the parochialism and corruption of Bostocentric politics and public policy for generations. Part of his efforts at reform, has been to make government policy making far more thoughtful and fair.

              That said, there are many things I disagree with the guv about. I have been, for example, a fierce opponent of his intentions (thwarted so far) to bring casino gambling to MA.  But it is very rare when you have a statewide pol you agree with on everything. It is too easy come election time, to focus only on the disagreements. In my case, if I focused only on casinos, for example, I would forget that all of the guv's opponents are casino proponents as well.

              I would be remiss in this comment if I did not note that when the Catholic Church and the Religious Right tried to get a binding initiative on the state ballot that would have overturned marriage equality in MA, Patrick spent a lot of political capital early in his term ensuring that there were insufficient votes in the legislature to allow that to happen. And so we have not had to have ongoing fighting about that, thanks in substantial part, to Gov. Patrick.

        •  If a Democratic Governor of an assumed liberal (3+ / 0-)
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          state cannot intervene with the clout to get a Democratic candidate elected to the Senate, I would say he is in trouble politically.  The times have changed since he was first elected and from what I have observed from afar, he is no great ball of fire of Democratic presence in the Massachusetts electoral scheme, so good luck to him, but from what I have seen, he will be fighting an uphill battle.  

          And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

          by MrJersey on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 08:45:41 PM PST

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          •  well, (4+ / 0-)
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            I guess you would have had to have been there when our guv was elected the first time to know what's possible.

            The CW and the whiners are saying its over before its begun. But again, these are the same folks who thought Coakley was inevitable.

            Remember, this story appeared on the front page of the Herald, which is roughly analogous to David Patterson being described in heroic terms on the front page of the New York Post.

            •  Deval Patrick (2+ / 0-)
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              has been such an utter failure to bring reform and change and even to work with the state legislature.

              "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread". -Alexnader Pope

              by ArkDem14 on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 09:00:22 PM PST

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              •  You are wrong, ArkDem (3+ / 0-)
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                and since you offer no argument other than an unsupported assertion, you lose by default.

                So for today, I celebrate a Democratic governor who thinks that the well being of a 9 year old boy who asked for his help is at least as worthy of his time and attention as people who think they are entitled to it.

                •  You are wrong, Frederick Clarkson (3+ / 0-)
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                  Hey, it's great that he stood up for a little kid. That's sweet. But the man has failed over and over to carry any progressive promises through to fruition. For instance, his environmental stewardship puts him right down there with the worst of Republican governors, with his rampant clearcutting of public lands, his blind support for grossly oversubsidized biomass incinerators, his refusal to heed to sound science warnings about fake green energy, etc. We're looking at exhausting the forests of the Berkshires in 15 years, rolling back a century of recovery. He's had his chance, he's shown his hand, he's all talk and contrary action, and thus he is the enemy and needs to be put down in the next election cycle.

      •  Oddly Enough (0+ / 0-)

        If you change the name Deval to Scott, it reads just like the last election.

        Maybe Deval needs a pickup truck too.

        •  oddly enough (1+ / 0-)
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          if regular Dems and progressives abandon their interests in favor of the glib slogans of the CW and the bad snark of those who have already given up, we will surely have a republican governor, like we had or 16 years until Deval Patrick changed that.

          Fortunately, there are a lot of us who have learned the lessons of the past and are unimpressed by those who have returned to old default settings.

          •  How I like to hear your voice and commitment... (0+ / 0-)

            sick to death of - "they're gonna win, no matter what" - "It's inevitable."

            Elections are always about "Compared to What", and Republicans are the what that we know all too well are not focused on doing what's right for the locality, the state, or the country.

            Teabaggers have bullied those old time Republicans who would be willing to help in bipartisan efforts. Few dare to step outside the boundaries marked with the big NO...

    •  And that should stop him (3+ / 0-)
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      from doing the right thing and keeping kids safe in school?

      Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 19, 2010 at 07:55:31 PM PST

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