Amongst the things I truly believe are the following:
1)The best campaigner will be sworn in to the Governor’s office in January. The best person suited to govern the Commonwealth is looking for work. Happy New Year to Charlie Baker. He took a lot of crap on this blog. All he did was quit a $1.7 million job so that he could work 80 hrs per week trying to win a job whereby he would have brought some fiscal sense to a place that is adrift in indecision and gladly embraces “James Michael Curleyesque” style governance.
2)After restarting the Swampscott Republican Town Committee 18 months ago, I resigned before the Nov election. I found out that I may be an Independent voter. I guess Cliff would call me a Rino because I voted enthusiastically for my Democratic State Rep. I also worked my ass off for Chris Dent, a Republican running against Senator Thomas McGee.
3)Until the hard right folks in the party lighten up a bit on the social issues, the party will continue struggling to win statewide. Scott Brown woke up a sleeping giant.
4)The budget issue I care about the most is education funding. It will be cut again and you will see more and more focus on “achievement gap” communities such as Lawrence and Holyoke. In spite of cries about tight budgets, the feds and the Commonwealth will continue to throw money at these communities. If the recent advance by the MTA relative to bringing merit into the dialog is, in fact, an honest advance, then we have a shot. My guess is that the MTA understands the politics of education funding and decided to treat the oncoming want for school related change as a chess match. Too bad the Legislature is unwilling to play anything more than checkers.
5)There is very little that Chris Chrisie says that does not interest me. He’s telling the truth with complete disregard for political consequence. There is no one in MA that is remotely close to Christie. Not even in the ballpark.
6)Would Frank Cousins please run for Congress against John Tierney. Please!
7)Brad Jones and Bruce Tarr are great guys and have their work cut out for them. Jones could be successful if he can find a few fiscally prudent Dems. I can dream!
8)When do the trials begin? Wilkerson, DiMasi, etc. And then there is the probation saga.
9)Read the Last Hurrah before the next election. Makes you appreciate how things got so screwed up around here.
Happy New Year Clifford T. Blake. You are destroying this blog, but the 1st amendment rules!