Any guesses on who wrote this?
Beacon Hill regulars, on the other hand, seem to feel that they can grind the new governor down the same way they did his recent predecessors. The legislative leaders, who have no statewide constituency, put their chief loyalty in their party, which they regard as a sort of combination clan, business and street gang. Their ability to hold out for what they want by simply refusing to do anything at all until their needs are satisfied is legendary.
The public has little idea of how Mr. Patrick is going to make things better on Beacon Hill, but the general desire for reform may be the most important thing he has going for him. Massachusetts does not want a governor who has so raised hopes to cave in to Beacon Hill’s secretive, undemocratic ways. But it will take enormous skill and resources for Mr. Patrick to keep appealing directly to the public in order to force the old guard into accepting change. Watching to see whether the next governor succeeds will be quite a spectacle but a serious one that will determine the future of Massachusetts.
Actually, no one wrote that in exactly that form. But if you substitute the words “Albany” for “Beacon Hill,” “Spitzer” for “Patrick,” and “New York” for “Massachusetts,” you have an exact quotation from today’s NY Times editorial on Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer’s victory.
My point is that the task Deval Patrick has set himself is neither easy nor unique. Candidates who run and win on an outsider/reformer platform are always immediately faced with the test of converting their rhetoric of change into reality. It will be hard, and it won’t happen right away. But if anyone can do it, Deval Patrick and Eliot Spitzer — with the help of the people who gave them overwhelming victories because they believed in them — can.