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A bad drachma always returns

Right now in Massachusetts, there's a rather heated governor's race going on. The incumbent, Mitt Romney, has announced he's not running, but rather is looking into a presidential bid for 2008. That leaves his lieutenant governor, Kerry Murphy Healey, to keep the GOP's hold on the corner office. She's being challenged by an independent, a third-party candidate, and a Democrat.

And right now, that Democrat has a rather hefty lead in the polls.

Deval Patrick is an attorney. He's been a corporate lawyer for years, and before that he served in the Clinton administration. And he has a LOT of support.

The reason for that support escapes me. If anything, he reminds me of Michael Dukakis -- if Dukakis were younger, more charismatic, and black.

Dukakis got into trouble when he started issuing "weekend furloughs" for convicted felons, especially those serving life without parole. Patrick is talking about changing the law so felons can have their records expunged. He's also spent several years arguing for the freedom of a convicted rapist -- a rapist so brutal, he was sentenced to life even though he didn't kill his victim. (Instead, he bound and tortured the elderly woman for hours.)

Patrick has said he wrote the letters "15 or 20" years ago, but the last one was in 2000, when he praised the rapist's character. Said rapist demanded DNA testing to prove his innocence; instead, it affirmed that the police had the right scumbag.

Dukakis oversaw the raising of taxes in Massachusetts to the point where it became known as "Taxachusetts." Not only does Patrick oppose rolling the tax rate back to 5% (which was passed by a voter initiative in 2000, but the legislature and courts decided that it was just an "advisory" referendum and hence non-binding), but has been quoted as saying that taxes are "too low." (The state ran a 1-billion-dollar surplus last year, but luckily the legislature found all sorts of uses for the money.)

Finally, Dukakis ordered the state to issue fraudulent Social Security numbers to illegal aliens so they could obtain drivers' licenses. Patrick has said he favors giving illegal aliens who live in Massachusetts the in-state tuition rate at state colleges.

So, voters of Massachusetts, come November, remember this:

If you liked Mike, you'll fall for Deval. He's very Dukakesque.

Comments (11)

For a moment I was going to... (Below threshold)

For a moment I was going to type: "Boy am I glad I don't live there anymore."

Then I remembered that I live in NY now.

Now I'm looking forward to a trip to MA this weekend so I can fill up on 'cheap' gas.

Well then I'll say it Falze... (Below threshold)

Well then I'll say it Falze:

Boy am I gland I don't live there anymore.

I can now look at that race and smile knowing that its outcome doesn't effect me. I will never understand the blind faith a majority of the people in Massachusetts have in the democratic party.

While I do miss the city of Boston and the close proximity to almost every leisure activity. Taking a job in the midwest has made the life of my family so much better.

I like this race just like ... (Below threshold)

I like this race just like I look forward to 2008. In both cases, the incumbent is out. This is the only time the public has anything to say about politics. Once elected, the public has no more influence on the actions of politicians. Just for a few election cycles I would like to see incumbents replaced by challengers. Even if the incumbent is worthwhile, which is low probability, throw them out. It's the only available method to break the endless chain of pass the buck leadership and partisan politics. It is no permanent solution but the choices are limited.

It looks like the crazies a... (Below threshold)

It looks like the crazies are still loose in Mass.
Support for Deval Patrick/Al-Qaida is building only because his opponent is Kerry Murphy Healey/R. It's the letters after the / that matters, not the brains or how it will effect the state or country.

All I can say is that I hop... (Below threshold)

All I can say is that I hope and pray Mass. continues to elect tax-raising politicians to their government. As a resident of Virginia we are enjoying quite a boon of the relocated companies leaving MA to come to VA to enjoy better tax codes.

We closed our Waltham office and relocated it to VA last year. The extra 200 jobs in our town have been much appreciated. I say keep going MA. VA loves your new taxes.

People that continue to ele... (Below threshold)

People that continue to elect a drunken scumbag for senator are naturally going to give full support to this guy.

I was thinking about writin... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I was thinking about writing a book, "What's the Matter With Massachusetts?", but the environmental impact of killing so many trees for just one copy of it (let alone the millions it would sell) would be too disastrous. Also, I just wouldn't know where to start.

Jay,Think good tho... (Below threshold)


Think good thoughts for me. I had two, count 'em, TWO job interviews up in Free America today - one in Manchester, one in Portsmouth.

If the firm in Portsmouth offers me a position, it will take me all of 1.6 seconds to accept.

Imagine, being able to walk down to the gas station on the corner at 11:00 at night on a Sunday, with a loaded .45 on my hip, in plain sight, and buy a six-pack of beer - all without a half-dozen laws being broken, my life endangered from some screwdriver-wielding whacknut, and my rights stripped from me by the authorities, on the grounds that they think it best.

Man, do you how good you got it?

Make that "...do you KNOW h... (Below threshold)

Make that "...do you KNOW how good you got it?"

Jay you seem to have a real... (Below threshold)

Jay you seem to have a real ~~~~ah...how do I say it...HARD ON for our boy Patrick. What's up with that? Somehow I think if there was an R before his name and not a D, you would be singing a different tune. But maybe not,after all, you are an independent right Jay? ;)

Sorry about the HARD ON reference. I mean, given the Foley climate we are in right now, I suppose it was a poor choice of words.

Jay, this does not exactly ... (Below threshold)

Jay, this does not exactly speak well for the electorate of the state of Mass. Kennedy, Kerry, Studds, Dukakis, and now this guy Patrick? Just damn.






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