The steady breeze you feel from Massachsetts is the collective sighing of happy liberal and progressive voters. Deval Patrick won the Democratic primary for governor last night.
He'll be coupled with lieutenant governor candidate Tim Murray. Together, they are the absolute best pair to haul us out of the economic, social and political mire of the past 20 years.
Later posts will analyze return results for these and other races. The key numbers for the top spots are Deval Patrick 50%, Chris Gabrieli 27%, Tom Reilly 20%; Tim Murray 43%, Deborah Goldberg 34%, Andrea Silbert 23%.
Last night, even before an early declaration for Deval, Jon Keller and other pandering pundits were chanting Black-or-woman. Disregard any that stress how we are almost certain to come out of November with a first in one or the other as a governor here. With what's at stake, that a so what, a distraction.
What's real and obvious is that Democratic voters throughout Massachusetts, left, center and right, want a substantial change. Patrick for certain and Murray as his sidekick clearly represent that.
The real analysis will be how likely the Patrick/Murray team can convince our 49% fence straddling unenrolled voters of the same. Last night, Patrick's manager, John Walsh, stressed that they aren't going to suddenly shift what they say to suit this second half of the contest, the seven-week sprint.
We have a damned good idea of the messages and tactics likely to come from Republican candidates Kerry Healey and Reed Hillman. Those wheezing scare tactics about tax-and-spend ultra liberals have gotten one Republican administration after another into the executive offices, with dreadful stagnation resulting.
It's time a leader and visionary to bring real change. We're half way there.
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