Jon Keller has an interesting piece in Boston magazine on how the state is becoming more purple. Like his previous foray into this discussion, his 2008 book the “Bluest State”, Keller cherry picks a few anecdotes like a woman who’s son was killed by a drunk undocumented immigrants driver or Somerville parents angry at remote schooling or an Arab shop owner angry at high crime and Rachel Rollins. With these examples he paints a picture of a state that is increasingly dissatisfied with one-party rule but also unlikely to back the MAGA Let’s go Brandon waving abortion banning Republican Party. In this way it can also be read as a companion piece to his Globe magazine article on the struggles of the MA GOP to find a moderate and electable identity in a post-Baker but not yet post-Trump political climate.
It’s worth reading since some of the old issues are cropping up. Aid for those who were unemployed during the pandemic was bountiful, but no gas tax relief is forthcoming. The undocumented get drivers licenses which was a huge priority for Beacon Hill, but it does not seem like similar action is being taking on pandemic era learning loss or using the surplus to lower costs. I am not saying I personally agree with this narrative, but it is definitely one I hear in my more purple neck of the woods.
Do I think Healey is in danger against Diehl or Doughty? Probably not, but we should hear more from her and she should pivot back to the center now that progressive primary challenge of Sonia Chang Diaz has been vanquished. Do I think Galvin might lose to his crazy Republican opponent? No, but I might think twice about voting to retain him in the primary so she does not have a better chance in the general. I might want an AG focused on preventing crime as much as fighting to protect choice and LGBT rights. I would also be worried about the ballot questions not going are way. Even though the fair share amendment is on millionaires, the electoral timing to ask for higher taxes and more revenues is not great. Similarly, to give a perceived “benefit” to the “law breaking” undocumented immigrants (granted I fully support this so my students and parents can safely drive and access more services, but do moderate independents who are the silent majority in Massachusetts?).