- I have so much money that I won't, can't be outspent.
- I therefore am the best hope of our party getting (or keeping) the corner office.
Only (the still rich guy) Deval Patrick has taken a grassroots approach. His message, not his investment portfolio or existing war chest, has gotten and kept his supporters. The others seem largely left with whines like, "If he really loved you, he'd pledge to give you back your 0.3% -- about one three-hundredths -- of your state taxes back to, to, well, maybe buy dinner.
That surely must please the Republicans and Healey immensely. Gabrieli just barely, and by the grace of House Speaker Sal Dimasi tossing him surely-strings-attached delegates at the last minute, bought his way onto the primary ballot.
Now he has sworn to spend up to $15 million and change to win the primary. This means, most obviously, that the candidates' and Democratic Party's wealth pisses down the political urinal, while Healey and the Republicans watch with amusement and a crisp Muscadet in hand. They count their cash as the Democrats spend each other down.
Obviously, the best for the DP would have been for Patrick or even Reilly to have taken all the marbles at the convention. Second best would have been for the relative losers to say, "Okay. It's important enough for Massachusetts that we retake the governor's office that I step down and support the leader, the next governor."
I think it's fair to say that neither Reilly nor Gabrieli cares as much for the commonwealth's citizens as they do for their own ambitions and egos. That should be no surprise among politicians.
Let's assume the very unlikely, that Gabrieli wins the primary. He would do it on fumes, or more like glue vapors. He has a venture capitalist's platform, which has as its centerpiece and almost entirety a $1 billion stem-cell R&D program. Like any good VC, he's mostly Barnum and bunkum. His latest good idea is a great idea and it will lead to solutions to all major problems. Trust him.
Also like a typical VC, he is very LITE. Even Reilly's pathetic, lock-'em-up platform is deeper and farther ranging. Take away the Healey-style buzzwords and Gabrieli has shown us next to nothing.
Consider the piece in today's Globe that covers how late and lame he was on supporting same-sex marriage and gay-rights. As this DP campaign continues, we're likely to see more comparing by the candidates. Gabrieli was busy doing a good job making money after losing two statewide offices. He didn't have brilliant or even solid platforms then or now. He hasn't been saving the world or the state or even Boston. He has considerable catching up to do, but would be well advised not to claim positions he never had.
Back to the assumption, Gabrieli wins the primary. Then he and the Queen of the North Shore go wallet to wallet, money-o a money-o.
Let's say he's been right all along and that the message isn't the thing. Let's say that the one who spends the most wins, and in this extrapolation, it's he.
What do we, Massachusetts, get?
- A Democrat in the statehouse.
- A visionless egotist who has a one-trick show.
Perhaps in such a case, it would turn the cliché on its ear. You get what pays for you.
Unless Gabrieli suddenly produces more than fluff and platitudes, that's a very scary thought.
Gabby Up and Down: LeftinLowell has a great set of comments on Gabrieli's money and ideas or non-ideas.
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