Usually I love reading David Bernstein, he was one of the highlights of the dearly departed (still feels weird saying it) Phoenix and an astute and fair minded commentator on the local political scene. But today he made his best Dan From Waltham and EB3 impression recycling stale Lynch talking points that the ‘elite’ ‘bought’ this election for Markey.
The article entitled The Elites Have Chosen states the following
And that was that. Word went out from on high that Ed Markey was to be the Democratic nominee, and suddenly an awful lot of people forgot their pledges to support other pols. Past contributors could no longer bring themselves to write names like Capuano or Downing on their checks. Those who would ordinarily love to work on a Senate campaign found themselves more concerned with the proverbial ‘ever working in this town again’.
Thus the path was cleared — except for the squeaky Lynch wheel, who had little to lose and a substantial chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately for him, his record of alienating the party’s liberal base pushed the grassroots activists directly into the hands of the elite’s candidate. That, and a short, frequently disrupted campaign, was an awful lot for Lynch to overcome.
Can’t say the hundreds of thousands of Democratic primary voters who came out for Lynch and Markey would agree, can’t say the thousands of volunteers and the hours they put in would make that argument either. Had Lynch been a more mainstream Democrat he might have won, had McGovern or Capuano decided to go in, they might have attracted more progressive supporters from Markey, and did Downing an obscure state pol from Western MA really have any chance? David seems off on this one.