My judgment after watching the five minute Stein-Galvin debatelet is that Galvin is not fit to hold the Secretary of State’s office. He doesn’t appear to respect the fundamental premise of our system of government: the people are sovereign.
First, he insults every citizen of the Commonwealth by dragging us off to some undisclosed location — an undisclosed location for a freaking Secretary of State’s debate! — for a “five minute” debate (which actually ran 15 minutes … like we should be on our knees weeping tears of gratitude for the extra 10 minutes). Did Dick Cheney suddenly decide to run for Massachusetts Secretary of State? We’re paying him $124,920 a year and he gives us 2.5 minutes of his time?!
Second, he refused to address virtually every substantive issue Stein raised. Whenever the going got tough he attacked his rival’s party affiliation instead of answering the question. Party politics is not the point — although I have no doubt it is in the tortured minds of the hackocracy, sweating fever dreams about the possibility of another trough of patronage jobs. At one point, I believe, he even had the gall to defend his office’s handling of the Big Dig. The day a Massachusetts politician goes on TV and says with a straight face that anything involved with the Big Dig is a credit to his office is the day you know he has completely lost the plot. Does someone have to die before an incumbent will admit that project was mismanaged. Don’t answer that.
The point is decent government. Answer the questions: why has the existing administration botched things so badly that we getting our asses sued in multiple lawsuits by the Department of Justice for voting rights violations; why aren’t we in compliance with HAVA after years to prepare; and why are we buying second-rate Republican-controlled Diebold voting machines that run secret software and can apparently be hacked by pretty much any election worker who knows how to use Excel. These are not party questions, they are democratic questions.
Take our advice and vote for Stein. Kudos to Keller, indeed, for organizing the exchange and being a decent moderator. I wish he would run for Secretary of State!