“It’s part of what we ran against, and it needs to be called out,” Mr. Patrick said in an interview last week on the day before the House overwhelmingly killed the bill. “We’re going to keep working on it until we get a Democratic process that’s functioning.”
This on casinos.
The newspaper quotes Stephen Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass:
Mr. Crosby said Mr. Patrick’s failed bid for casinos did not portend trouble so much as the recent “bomb tossing” between him and the speaker.
“This feels like there might be some serious personal antipathy,” Mr. Crosby said. “If it’s true, that’s a problem.”
It’s like the Sharks and the Jets. Or Red Sox-Yankees. How exciting.
If the “bomb throwing” is real. So far, this sounds to me much more like a newspaper generated controversy than a true calling out. Let’s see Governor Patrick give a few speeches in which he lays out more specifics of what he, “ran against,” and explains which members of the legislative leadership are the problem children.
If that happens, and he chooses a better issue than casinos on which to base his case, I think he’ll win again as convincingly as he did in the last election. People are sick of the hackocracy and the undemocratic power of the legislative leadership. Who elected them Lords of Commonwealth? Their Beacon Hill buddies who wanted something in return, not the voters. Let’s not forget where the last really powerful Speaker wound up.
(I guess Scott Lehigh disagrees: “[B]ecause he’s the one with the defined agenda and the widespread public expectations, the governor stands to suffer the most damage if he can’t make the relationship with DiMasi work.”)
Until that happens, however, I call this a corporation trying to sell newspapers. (David Bernstein seems to weigh in with the interpretation of the Times: “[B]y the late stages, both Patrick and DiMasi were battling for victory, not principle.”) Time will tell. I do think it was uncool for Patrick to take off on the day of the vote. Maybe he went to Foxwoods. How do you read this story?