Ross is right out there. She is also pretty optimistic. For one, she thinks that the anger and energy the Tea Party types rode in this last election cycle is populist not right wing energy.
I am not as confident as she that clear-eyed regular folk can win office. However, she thinks the traditional Dems and Republican in MA could do that, as could third-party candidates. Meanwhile, she laments what she sees as a state and nation “scope-locked on political sexiness of running for office” rather than the issues that plain folk find important.
She offered a number of highlights. She discussed that poorly worded 2006 Green-Rainbow platform that sounded antisemitic and how what actually separated her from that party was how they “lost track of their roots, the interests of working people.”
In her foreclosure and related work, someone she has retained a strong respect for is AG Martha Coakley. Ross calls her “vastly misunderstood” and the “best champion at the state level against major corporate interests run amok.”
For herself, she is not eager to run for or serve in office. She is happy filing populist legislation.