There is a broader #MeFirst problem with Massachusetts, eloquently highlighted in Don’t Blame Us. The suburban moderate fears the religious right and the activist left in equal measure and wants low taxes, good schools, and cheaper health care. Contradicting priorities by the way.
Our candidate is talking about issues that primarily effect urban voters like immigration and the T, while Baker is not talking about anything. Polling I’ve looked at shows that immigration is only a major issue for the right, that a pro-immigration politics is not really present in our state yet as a driver for votes. As for the T, if you can afford not to take it, you’re not gonna take it or want to pay taxes to make it better.
A middle class first agenda focused on controlling college costs, health care costs, and housing costs would have been far more effective than trying to link Baker to unpopular national and local Republicans or talking about issues the voters outside of Boston who decide elections care about.
Jay Gonzalez ran on great principles, good progressive ones. He had no money, a media relegating his best moments to the Metro section, and a Democratic Party that threw him under the bus at all levels. From cash hoarders like Warren and Healey to the local leaders appearing in Bakers ads. The fix was in. Polito will cruise to her own election unless we radically change the way our party reaches out to unenrolled voters.