In a sour and petulant column the day after the Super Tuesday primary, Joan Vennochi celebrated Clinton’s win as a wonderful feat for the Massachusetts Democratic party and a defeat for Ted Kennedy.
Her argument, titled, “A Loss for Kennedy,” was that Ted had received help from the Clinton’s in 1994 when he faced Mitt Romney, but wouldn’t reciprocate in 2008. It was the “Judas” accusation before James Carville.
But now Kennedy will have at least a vicarious last hurrah. A quintessential establishment Democrat, he was always ready to go his own way. The state’s key Democrats had another idea. With Hillary Clinton it was Tom Reilly all over again. It was her turn, Obama. Move over.
Everything that was wrong with the Clinton presidential campaign mirrors what is wrong with the Massachusetts Democratic party. She played the insider strategy to the hilt. The Bay State contingent did the same. Follow the smart money. Play Massachusetts Inside Baseball politics. It’s about the only game they know.
Vennochi quotes Sal DiMasi: “There are show horses and work horses. We’re the work horses.” In case you missed the point, she concludes with, ” The work horses beat the show horses. Clinton won.”
In Sunday’s Globe (June 8) column, Vennochi goes on and on about the need for “healing” among Massachusetts Democrats. And if a few activists have their noses out of joint, amends are in order. But the real point now is that Obama will carry Massachusetts overwhelmingly.
And the “work horses?” They’ll do just fine. Tommy Menino may yet be ambassador to the Vatican. Sal DiMasi may yet get his own talk radio show. And Andrea Cabral may look wistfully out of her office window while the Obama revolution glides on by.