Following on johnk’s post about the generally positive economic news ’round these parts, here is an important detail from the Gov’s office (press release, no link):
The Massachusetts economy added 19,100 jobs in April, the single largest monthly gain in 17 years. The labor force grew for the fourth consecutive month, as construction, scientific, financial and several other sectors reported significant job gains.
That’s worth repeating: “the single largest monthly gain in 17 years.”
And meanwhile, the hilarity rolls along from Team Baker:
“Deval Patrick and Tim Murray must be the only guys in the state who believe Massachusetts isn’t failing under the weight of their disastrous spending and tax increases and lack of sound fiscal management.”
Riiiiight … the only guys, other than the 19,100 people who got new jobs just last month; the three ratings agencies who unanimously praised Patrick’s sound fiscal management (directly contradicting Baker); the business owners who support relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums; and I could go on and on.
What’s telling, I think, is the increasingly shrill, desperate rhetoric coming from Team Baker. (“The only guys in the state”? Please. That’s just silly.) As the economic news slowly gets better and better, Baker’s chances get worse and worse. It’s always awkward to run against an improving economy, yet that is exactly the hole that Baker seems to be willingly digging for himself. Wouldn’t be my strategy, but hey, I’m not a highly-paid political consultant who has managed statewide campaigns before.