Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Braying Under the Golden Dome
He should be the head of the lesser chamber of our General Court. Instead with the gambling legislation on stage, he defaulted to the petty pol from the 19th Suffolk District, the state rep from Revere and Winthrop.
The latest word from his little hole is that he's done compromising, a.k.a. the governor won't let me push him around (stomp, stomp, pout), so he's the big loser not me! It's pathetic and puerile.
Readers here know I don't favor gambling, particularly as a remedy for recession. That's like infecting yourself with a chronic disease to get the drugs.
Nevertheless, Gov. Deval Patrick came to accept that casinos and maybe even a slot parlor or two were in the works. He views them as down his lists of economic-development and revenue producing, but was willing to cut a deal.
DeLeo on the other hand put his reputation, his career, his, if you pardon the expression, honor on the table for this. We apparently aren't supposed to notice that his district would the major beneficiary of the gambling halls. We're not to see that he is pandering to his constituents, his few wealthy race-track owners eager to add destination casinos and slots, and not-too-visionary union types ignoring that long-term jobs in the new vice biz will be low paying and maybe attracting out-of-area folk.
No, this Bobby is no lion, rather a jackal. He was dumb enough to claim that it was Patrick who'd cause a loss (pick number of trousers) 15,000 jobs if he didn't acquiesce to DeLeo's version of the bill. He compounded the stupidity by admitting that he had tied his whole self to passing this legislation as the capstone of two years.
Meanwhile, in the legislature, he screwed up Patrick's compromise on a few slots. He overreached with more than the governor said he'd approve without a veto. He made it too plain that it became a zero-sum game, which the governor had to agree to all.
What an ass.
Back to the real world, Patrick appeared on Greater Boston last night (click below). As he should have been, he was calm and happy. He could unroll his scroll of administrative and legislative accomplishments, despite the failure of the casino negotiation.
And braying Bobby? He's left scrambling and muttering that it was someone else's fault.
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