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  •  Bill Weld (1+ / 0-)
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    Next - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 06:20:31 PM PDT

    •  Bob Smith is free! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Bill Weld!!!??? (2+ / 0-)
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      Andrew C White, KingofSpades

      Now there's an interesting character, but I can't see how he can possibly get along with the Republican party today.

      He started a 16 year run of Republican governorships in MA in 1990.  That was a strange race indeed.  The governor and lieutenant governor in MA are selected independently, and they didn't always see eye to eye.  In his final term, Mike Dukakis's LtG was Evelyn Murphy, and they had a somewhat poisonous relationship.  Dukakis never went out of state because he didn't want Murphy doing something he wouldn't like in his absence.  That, combined with a lot of other shenanigans, gave Massachusetts a reputation for a rather ugly brand of government.

      Somehow -- and I don't remember just what happened -- John Silber got the Democratic nomination for governor.  Silber was the authoritarian, socially conservative president-for-life of Boston University.  His running mate, Marjorie Clapprood, was a popular liberal talk radio host.  How they would have gotten along is an interesting speculation.

      My recollection about the Republican side is that there were a number of candidates, but Weld and Paul Cellucci (I think he was the mayor of Hudson) were the leading candidates, with Weld pulling ahead.  They then cut a deal whereby they would run (and govern) as a team, a novel concept in Massachusetts.

      The other thing that was interesting is that they were both genuine social liberals -- basically the traditional small-l libertarian New England Republicans.  I don't remember if they outright supported same sex marriage, but they were way out in front of everyone else in that regard.

      This all led to a very odd dynamic whereby the Republican ticket was more progressive than the Democratic one (well, Silber at any rate).  Combine that with the good government issue -- they were playing up their partnership as contrast to the obvious chaos on the Democratic side -- and they had a perfect storm situation.

      Weld was OK as governor.  He quit partway into his second term for some national position I've forgotten, and Cellucci took over.  Then he was elected, went off to do something else, and his LtG, Jane Swift, took over.  She was from the rural western part of the state, but was basically another moderate Republican.  She wasn't, however, the most dynamic individual, and Romney chased her out.  Romney, of course, was a horse of a completely different color.

      But even if Weld were to survive a Republican primary, I can't see him not getting Scozzafavaed in the general election.

      •  They flirted with Weld (0+ / 0-)

        a few years ago too but I agree with you completely. He is a non-starter. The republican party here in NY is going to have severe divisions as it is given that they are trying to run a democrat-turned-republican county exec for Gov. If they also try to run the very liberal republican Weld for Senate it'll be civil war for sure. It won't happen. They are just flailing. - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

        by Andrew C White on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 06:37:46 AM PDT

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