When the candidates at last week’s Herald/Fox25 gubernatorial debate were asked to name living political leaders they most would want to be, Deval Patrick named NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat who became a Republican and then an Independent (and grabbed a third term by changing the city’s term-limit law, not exactly a good-government move).
Cahill, a Democrat posing as an Independent, chose a Republican as well, Bush I.
Baker chose Rudy Giuliani, a Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s.
Well, there it is. There is little difference among the three of them, the party labels are meaningless. What’s important is that none of them want the voters to expect liberal or progressive agendas from them.
Deval said, as soon as he was elected in 2006, that the greatest misconception about him was that he was a liberal. It’s still the greatest misconception.
Even though he’s now plainly declared that he’d most want to be a politician who started as a Democrat, then saw the light and converted to become Republican — will that change the Deval devotees’ unwaivering loyalty? If not, what on earth would it take?
I think at this point Devalniks are being loyal to their self-blinding illusions.