Joan Vennochi’s columns usually are very clear, but I’m struggling with the one today. (I now see, on reading my esteemed co-Editor David’s post of this morning in its entirety, that he has basically the same reaction. What a relief to know that I am not alone.)
The columnist’s thesis is that there are two sides to speaker DiMasi, “Sal DiMasi, champion of progressive causes. Sal DiMasi, champion of insider deals.” Her admonition: “Liberals shouldn’t ignore allegations of ethical lapses, in deference to DiMasi’s leadership on issues that matter to them.”
Her evidence for the latter was a post Tuesday by esteemed commenter Ryan that I promoted that thanked DiMasi for his leadership on repeal of the benighted Romney-supported 1913 anti-marriage legislation, an appreciative response by DiMasi’s Communications Director David Guarino, and progress on the Global Warming Solutions Act (now passed, hurray!) as evidence of the latter. Encouraging marriage and loving families, taking prudent steps to preserve Massachusetts as habitable real estate … liberal progressive issues both. So far so good.
I lost her, however, on her evidence for ignorance to “allegations of ethical lapses.”
Should liberals close their eyes to problematic behavior, just as they are doing with another liberal, state Senator James Marzilli? The Arlington legislator has been charged with accosting several women, but refuses to resign even though he has not returned to work since his arrest and has said he will not return
First, Marzilli and DiMasi are related … how? To the best of my knowledge, they are separate people. Second, Patrick supporter EaBo and I both like the Dropkick Murphey’s song that disses Marzilli, and David said he should resign. Vennochi wrote that BMG is “a compendium of mostly liberal bloggers,” but maybe she doesn’t mean the two of us. Is there some other source I am not aware of that reports what “liberals” think?
The only substantive issue she mentioned is DiMasi’s botched dealings with Cognos corporation. The title of the main post about that back in March was “DiMasi Stepped in it,” by esteemed commenter Anthony, which I promoted and which garnered dozens of interesting comments. The ignorance is … where?
“The double standard is a mistake. Self-interest in the promotion of a certain ideology shouldn’t trump accountability for certain actions,” Vennochi wrote. Memo to Anthony: don’t be so circumspect next time you write a headline.