A remarkable HuffPo post Monday by Deval Patrick Watch founder D. R. Tucker chronicles his efforts to rally opposition to His Excellency The Governor, Massachusetts’ lack of response, and his ultimate change of heart:
[I]f I had a child, and that young man or woman viewed Deval Patrick as a role model, a symbol of how to come from nothing and become something, I’d say he or she could not have made a better choice.
This from an enormously energetic partisan who devoted years of his life cheering for Patrick’s defeat. “Graham’s piece reminded me of me,” Tucker writes at one point of an article by shock jock Michael Graham, in an indication of his general approach with Deval Patrick Watch. Another indication:
I knew I had to do something to directly attack Patrick and his overly enthusiastic supporters. Already,there were two anti-Healey sites in operation, in addition to the high-profile liberal site Blue Mass Group, whose founders were staunch supporters of the Patrick campaign.
What changed? Tucker doesn’t say, exactly, but he ends by quoting the late Rev. Peter Gomes of Harvard Divinity School, who famously changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat to vote for Patrick in 2006. Gomes:
Thus, it was no small thing to abandon the party of Lincoln, and I did so not simply to vote for Deval Patrick but to affirm that the values I have always held, that stood for the best in Massachusetts, are now to be found in this non-Yankee from Chicago. Ronald Reagan, at whose second inauguration I offered the benediction, once said that he hadn’t left the Democratic Party but that it had left him; I must say I feel the same way about the Republican Party.
The dead man’s words had new life. I understood now why Rev. Gomes left the GOP, why he found merit in the Patrick campaign, why he found a reason to believe.
I’ll never have a chance to tell him I’m sorry. I’ll never have a chance to tell him I get it.
Appropriately, the Deval Patrick Watch website on WordPress now displays this message: “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”
I invite Mr. Tucker to open an account on Blue Mass Group, if he does not already have one, and join the discussion here.