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Progressives, Let’s Give Michelle Wu Some Slack

Kevin makes a thoughtful case ... but I have to respectfully disagree. First, Linehan isn't just any run-of-the-mill Councillor; some of his views and conduct have been especially odious. Second, Kevin says that by backing Linehan, Michelle has chosen not to "isolate and take power away from those with whom she disagrees," but I think that's a substantial overstatement. Voting to make someone City Council president gives that person power that they didn't have before (unless it's Steve Murphy). Not voting for someone leaves them where they are now. So not voting for Linehan doesn't "isolate" or "take power away" from him at all; conversely, voting for him makes him much more powerful.

And one more thing. Some have argued that this move is somehow Elizabeth Warren-like. I can't see how that's the case. Of course Warren has (correctly) been willing to work with Republican Senators when they can find common ground. That is what any sensible politician does. But voting to elevate someone to a position of power with whom you are rarely likely to agree on the merits of controversial issues is a far cry from working together on those unusual occasions when your interests align. If anyone's got an example of Warren doing something like that, I'd love to hear it.

Michelle Wu has gone way out on a limb with this, perhaps her most visible move so far as Councillor-Elect. To judge from the comments both here at BMG and on her Facebook page, she has pissed off a lot of her supporters in doing so. I hope she knows what she's doing. Eleven-dimensional chess is a tricky game. - promoted by david

Will the Mass GOP Reject Romney’s Republican Platform Tonight?

Mark 3:25: If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. The Mass GOP meeting is at the Beechwood Inn in Worcester at 7 and is open to the public. Kevin Franck is the Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. - promoted by Bob_Neer

“Just Politics” – Scott Brown’s Still Banking on Wall Street

MA-SEN: The Stakes

Kevinf is Kevin Franck, the MA Democratic party spokesman. Thanks for posting here. - promoted by david