In a column patronizingly entitled “Some friendly advice for the governor-elect,” Scot Lehigh says he’s “getting a little nervous here.”
Personally, I hope everyone who’s part of the ossified political establishment in this state — and that includes just about everyone who works at the Globe — is really, really nervous by January 4. I don’t even much care why they’re nervous — some of what Lehigh says (e.g., not enough educational “innovators” on the lists released so far) is fair enough, though some of it (e.g., look what happened to Dukakis) seems silly to me. But I want them to be nervous. I want them to feel like anyone’s ox could be gored, including their own. And I really hope that Deval Patrick, whose political career so far has consisted of shattering every bit of “conventional wisdom” that has been thrown his way, will continue to run the show he wants to run, not the show that the wiseguys think he “needs” to run.
So here’s my “friendly advice” for Deval Patrick: ignore anyone offering you “friendly advice.” One of Patrick’s amusing stump speech lines, going way back to before the primary, has been something like “and when I’m taking the oath of office, there will still be people out there saying, ‘he can’t win.’” Most of those people are the ones now piously offering “friendly advice.” Patrick hasn’t listened to them so far. I can’t imagine why he’d start now.