Chris (or is that the Christ, come to save us?) Gabrieli has spent much of his largely self-funded campaign lucre on broadcast ads. That's nice of him not to tax our brains with reading or thinking. Thanks, Gabby.
This blog is full of disdain for the unDemocratic and undemocratic rich guy trying to bypass the process and buy his way to 15% of the delegates to appear on the party primary. The line-jumper mentality speaks loudly, and in places like BlueMassGroup as well.
Yet, I know no one who says he is dumb. He clearly knows that even here, where we self-identify as educated and thoughtful, we skim news and opinion. We pretend that a few minutes of TV or radio chatter preps us for the big issues. Right.
The majority of households here, as in the rest of the country, do not get a daily newspaper. We can pretend that we get more news from the Net than we ever did, but that's not convincing. The bulk of us admit to getting most of our news from TV talking heads -- brief, simple-minded, and not demanding.
It was only a couple of months ago that we went to a large dinner in Brookline tabled by UUs. The state, town and denomination are all and each known for political involvement and pinko politics. Yet, the people at the table did not know the candidates, had no sense of the issues, and had not heard of Deval Patrick (or maybe thought they might have). I have run across this elsewhere, but the place and people surprised me.
If this group was so out of it, Gabrieli has done the right thing in hitting broadcast with easy-on-the-mind ads. He has already shown that his real abilities are 1) getting on statewide ballots, and 2) losing. It would be best not to dwell on specifics.
At least in his remarks to the June 1st Bay State Banner, Patrick thinks the 70s and 80s style buy-TV/buy-elections ploy can be trumped by the much older door-to-door one. The Banner quotes Patrick on Gabrieli as:
He is a nice enough guy, but his candidacy doesn’t mean a thing. Just as the insiders’ strategy has failed to perform any magic, the money strategy has also failed. The only strategy that counts is the one on the ground. And that works both politically and philosophically. It’s the only way to get the people who have checked out to check back in.Come this weekend, we'll see whether you can buy Democrats with bucks, or whether they demand ideas in payment.
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