Loser: The Anti-Marriage Crowd
Legislative shenanigans aside, the folks who are against marriage for some of us had another bad election night as their pet issue stayed off the electoral map.
The ranks of anti-marriage legislators continue to dwindle, reflecting public opinion. Remember how this issue was going to be a wedge between Deval Patrick and black voters? Didn’t happen.
Winner: Massachusetts Republicans
Seriously: the state GOP dodged a bullet with the failure of Green-Rainbow to challenge the Republicans’ No.-2 status. The party will live to challenge Democrats another day.
Imagine, though, if the Greens had fielded candidates against the 5 uncontested Republican Senators. Even if they all lost–and you never know–challenging the incumbents with Green progressive ideas would have set the stage for a fight for who gets to be the opposition party. Think GOP as No. 3. But they got a pass.
They’re back as an officially recognized party, Jill Stein got 18%, and everybody loves Grace. But they still lost by setting their sights too low.
It’s not fair, it’s arguably not democratic, but in a two-party system the only way to become a player is to become one of the two parties. There was a vacancy this year as the state GOP consumed itself in an orgy of hypocrisy, incompetence, opportunism, and hate.
You can’t beat someone with nobody, though, and except for the Gov’s race and (I think) one legislative district the Greens cherry-picked the easy stuff and sat out the fight.
Now instead of challenging the crippled Republicans for the slot of No.-2 party, they’ll be slugging it out with the Working Families Party for the dubious distinction of No. 3.
–Who’s got more?