His problem, though, is the relatively low metabolism of too much of his governorship. He floundered through a freshman year of controversy over office decorations and cars and an ill-advised call on behalf of a mortgage giant.
Ah, yes! We’re back to the drapes! That was about #2,785 on the list of important things facing the Commonwealth when it happened, and that was nearly four years ago. Yet McGrory starts off with that as a key “problem” with Patrick here in 2010.
Meanwhile, McGrory claims that “Baker is bold. Baker is decisive. Baker is an innovator…” while providing no evidence whatsoever. Maybe he’s referring to Baker’s decisively disastrous Big Dig financing plan or his innovative plan to raise health insurance premiums on working families 150% while his own salary tripled. I don’t know if this is what McGrory means, since he doesn’t say. What he DOES say of Patrick is:
In the last 18 months or so, he’s achieved an impressive roster of reforms – of state ethics, pensions, transportation agencies, and especially education. At the same time, he has surgically cut the state budget with an eye toward preserving services for the people who most need them.
Huh. Sounds a little more substantive than empty talk about “boldness” and “decisiveness.”
Look, let’s face it — this campaign hasn’t gone the way Charlie Baker planned. He thought he’d be able to waltz into the State House because of the tough economy, making the race into a referendum on Patrick while hoping voters looked away from his own record. The only problem is that there’s a long list of positives here in the Commonwealth under Governor Patrick’s tenure — consistent job growth, an excellent business climate, fiscal responsibility, top-notch education — none of which happened by accident.
The facts speak for themselves. Because Baker, his allies, and occasionally wishy-washy journalists can no longer run on the facts to criticize Gov. Patrick, they instead run on the stale fumes of “drapes!” and empty, false rhetoric about things “not going well” under Patrick. In these last couple weeks before Nov. 2nd, we’ll be hearing a lot more of the same. In the meantime, consider heading over to devalpatrick.com or heading over to BMG’s ActBlue page to help ensure that the governor’s office actual produces actual leadership and action rather than empty and frivolous talk.