Well look what we have here. Where to begin?
First up is Eddie and Stevie. Two Irish Catholic working class background guys who definitely sat at different lunch tables in high school.
Markey’s been in Congress since 1976. let me say that again. Markey’s been in Congress since 1976. Thirty-seven years before he was elected Albert Einstein wrote a letter to Franklin Roosevelt informing him of the science of the atomic bomb.
Lemme tell you boys and girls, people in 1976 Massachusetts would have never elected a congressman to the senate who had been there that long. Thirty-years ago was ancient history then and it should be now.
Steve Jobs founded Apple in 1976. MIght as well have been Newton getting boinked on the head by an apple. That’s how old and stale this guy is.
Think of all the people and things that have come and gone since then.
But not Eddie.
Is it because he’s that popular?
No compadres, he’s really not that popular among his constituents. Most haven’t a clue who he is while a good chunk of the others are at best ambivalent. Sure the local officials like him. But they should. They’ve been going to him for decades to sign off on some federal grant or what have you.
But he’s no Lynchy. Or McGovern, Tierney, or Tsongas for that matter. Maybe’a he’a solid vote for the national Dems, but really, who the hell are they to tell us who our next Senator is?
(BTW Eddie, I know the national liberals are all about guns right now, but frankly myself and most other Massachusettians don’t give a rat’s ass about guns. We care about jobs and more jobs, not to mention infrastructure and education, and throw in clean energy and a dash of global warming for Charley. But really Eddie, Your Making MY Point!)
What’s that? That’s what they did before?
Yes I know, but that’s because the the people let them. Perhaps not this time.
But anyway, there is more to it than personality and voting record and whose father can beat whose.
Nope, it’s about organization. And guess what? Fast Eddie Markey has none.
But Lynchy does.
John Walsh ain’t lifting a finger for Markey in the primary unless he has to. And even then he’ll fake it.
But Lynchy’s people can organize an GOTV on a dime. That’s what unions do. A GOTV doesn’t mean union members and their families. It means getting out everyone who probably will vote for him.
Can Markey match it? Yes he has some enthusiastic experienced people. Most were at Kate’s Christmas party.
But getting this group together when the leadership is weak can easily turn into a disaster. Especially in a quick campaign season.
The best thing I can predict about this race is that Lynch will get more votes in Markey’s congressional district than Markey will in his.
Hey Nick Collins, sorry to tell you this but it’s a Dorchester senate seat not Southie’s. And, btw, you’re not true Southie. Your father is from Charlestown.
And don’t forget your opponents and their friends whom you pissed off when you beat them two years ago. You’re gonna get a hell of a lot more blanks in Sothie than Forry will get in her district.
And don’t count on your Dorchester friends whom you automatically assume will be supporting you. Most will not raise a finger and others will be openly supporting her.
The true Dorchester guys will be giving her their vote.
The daughter of immigrants and educated at St. Kevin’s, Monsignor Ryan’s, and Boston College. She’a all Dorchester.
Nick, I suggest you need a tad bit more seasoning in the House. Southie has a history of elected smart and savvy politicians. This includes Lynchy and Ray Flynn and of course Mike Flaherty Sr. and Jr., Bill Bulger, Joe Moakley, Jack Hart and many more.
You’re not there yet and this race could hurt you for a long time. I suggest you get outside your circle and talk to the Dorchester guys.