During the gubernatorial campaign, I wrote that Deval and Charlie are fundamentally alike; I said that Deval devotees are being blinded by partisan politics and their reluctance to admit they were fooled. I urged liberals to break out of the “lesser of two evils” trap and vote for Jill Stein, a real liberal (oops, I think we’re now hiding behind the “progressive” label, having allowed neo-cons to besmirch the concept of liberalism). I pointed out that Deval named as his political idol Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire Democrat-turned-Republican who is privatizing the public schools and who had New York’s term limit law revoked so he could run a third time. I cited Deval’s post-election (in 2006) Globe statement saying that the most common misconception about him was that he’s a liberal. This e-heresy made not a dent in the Democratic bogey-man fear-mongering.
Would it have helped if I had posted this article, reporting that both of these guys had entertained a combined candidacy, as definitive evidence of the Patrick-Baker identity?
No, I didn’t think so.
Well, you’ve had your great victory, and Deval Patrick knows he can do whatever he wants without being called to account. More subsidized layoffs, anyone?
Now, without the pressures of a campaign, perhaps we can all step back and take a look at what’s really happening to our state and our country and our planet, and start supporting (or more likely, recruiting) candidates with the vision and will to work for the public interest rather than for a plutocracy of corporate sponsors.