I’d like recommendations for the best essay or book on the recent history of Democratic politics in Massachusetts.
I ask because, though I’ve been here for ages, I’m Not From Here. Some of the fractures and frictions that the new Senate race has exposed seem very puzzling. When our friend eb3-fka-ernie-boch-iii wrote in a recent post
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.
he’s using a language that’s familiar but also distinctively Boston. (It’s almost like Victorian England: “You call yourself a Smithfield man, but everyone knows that your grandpa was born in Clerkenwell!”) I don’t think that in San Francisco, say, people would care much over whether a candidate grew up in Twin Peaks and not Mission Terrace.
I’d like to understand the origins and nature of the Lynch/Silber/Flynn Democrats — and whether, for that matter, I’m correct in viewing these as a faction at all. I sense that this goes back to busing, but I don’t know this. Who’s written the story?