I have been concerned that too many of us who got super-excited about the Deval Patrick candidacy and Administration are bogged down right now in the negativity of hard economic times and the polls and punditry of the moment–and are not sure how to respond.
The Governor’s letter in response to the Evergreen article gives us a great tool to begin shifting our focus to the real and the positive. It provides a framework for us to see the Administration’s record and vision differently than the daily grind of headlines. I would encourage that we actually read it, find the two or three points that resonate with us most deeply, and in doing so, begin to change the way we talk.
Welcome to the “attitude adjustment hour” which comes along in every worthwhile venture when the chips are down and all the choices are horrible. We need to resist the temptation to be the sharpest skeptic in the room. We chose Deval Patrick because of an uncommon vision and depth we saw in his readiness to lead. Let’s be there now despite the challenges of the times, when social pressure so often makes good people into finger-pointers.
I think it is especially important that as progressives we handle our disappointment which the Governor clearly shares and we present the public with a realistic, positive and determined front with President Obama coming to town next Friday.
The election will be decided based on what happens in the next 12 months, not the last 12; and no-one ever made a dime betting against Deval Patrick or against Massachusetts. You may have heard me say that leadership is not about taking the temperature; it is about setting the temperature. That is the kind of leader Governor Patrick is and that’s the kind of citizen I want to be.
One thing I ask is let’s not get caught sitting on our hands. The stakes are too high and the opportunity too great. Let the “attitude adjustment” begin!