An interesting item in today’s Globe:
First it was US Senator Edward M. Kennedy who was quickly steamed about Patrick. Now Massachusetts’ other US senator, John F. Kerry, is burning over Patrick’s public posturing at his expense.
As Kerry licked his wounds in self-exile last week, Patrick, at a gubernatorial debate in Boston, was telling Massachusetts voters that the senator’s much-maligned attempt at humor was “dumb.” …
A senior Democratic source said Kerry and his staff were quite unhappy over Patrick’s statement….
Although it hasn’t stopped him from working hard for Patrick’s election, Kennedy, through intermediaries, has let the candidate know that he is none too happy to see Patrick touting his strong support for the Cape Wind project to place 120 turbines in Nantucket Sound. Patrick has pointed to his support of the project to demonstrate he is free from the influence of his political allies.
According to the conventional wisdom playbook, the worst thing Deval Patrick could have done in trying to get himself elected Governor is to annoy Ted Kennedy and John Kerry (and the party establishment in the process), both of whom (especially Kennedy) are quite popular in this state and have well-established organizations, both of whom can raise lots of money, and both of whom have fat campaign accounts.
And yet, Patrick’s been calling them like he sees them. He thinks Kennedy’s wrong on Cape Wind, and he has been saying so from the get-go. He thinks Kerry’s remark was “dumb,” and he said so in a televised debate. Contrast his response on Kerry with Kerry Healey’s dreadful performance when asked about Mitt Romney’s incessant Mass.-bashing.
IMHO, Patrick’s right on both Cape Wind and Kerry’s joke, for what that’s worth. But the more important point is that he hasn’t felt the need to back off of or moderate his positions for fear of annoying the big boys. And this augurs well for the future, if Patrick wins on Tuesday. No, I don’t expect a Governor Patrick to pick unnecessary fights with Sal & Trav just to prove that he can — that would be pointless. But I do hope and expect that when he thinks they’re wrong, he’ll say so loudly and proudly, and that he’ll move aggressively to advance his own agenda regardless of how closely it lines up with theirs. So far, I’ve seen nothing that makes me question those expectations (all the silly talk about the “closed door meeting” notwithstanding).