Is Marzilli now the biggest lefty in the senate? Or does that honor reside with his Middlesex neighbor Pat Jehlen? Other nominees?
Well gosh, there's an open-ended question. What are your definitions, David? Do you mean someone who has a broad, global view of environmental issues? Or who thinks that government should be transparent and efficient? One who is for or against gambling? One who supports the earned income tax credit? One who understands the iron law of arithmetic when it comes to budgeting? One who supports or opposes police details? One who looks for ways to control the spiraling costs of health care?
Right vs. left is a pretty arid way of describing politics these days — particularly in this state. Bernstein wants us to slap a label on Marzilli so that Marzilli can be mocked for the label itself, not what he actually believes or does.
I'm confident that Marzilli will be not just one of the “most progressive” voices in the Senate (whatever that means), but one of the most effective, genuinely populist, and visionary. I hope and anticipate that he and Sen. President Murray will have a lot they can work on together.
UPDATE: To the Phoenix webmaster: The logos above both Adam Reilly's and David Bernstein's blogs link to “On the Download”, not their own recent postings. You have to know about this, since that's been the case for months. And you have to just be ignoring it. It's extremely annoying. Would you fix it already? Many thanks.