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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Desperate times

You can hear the desperation in Kerry Healey's increasingly sharp words. The woman who has spent the past four years on Beacon Hill, playing the silent second banana to a governor with no interest in governing, is claiming her opponent is the insider.

Again, full disclosure: I didn't see this one either. All I know is what I read in the newspaper.

Healey is trying to ignore more than the margin in the latest poll. She is also trying to ignore the fact that voters appear uninterested in one of her key arguments: that Massachusetts needs Republicans to keep tabs on the big, bad Legislature that works behind closed doors.
"If we have everyone from one party on Beacon Hill -- for example, if Deval Patrick is elected -- then we will have everything done behind closed doors." Healey said. "You will never hear another public debate on Beacon Hill."
Now there is a sad lack of debate in the Legislature. Democrat, Republican, Independent or Green Rainbow leadership in the Corner Office is not going to change that.

But how exactly have 16 years of Republican control of that office opened things up at the semi-autonomous agencies they have controlled through their appointments? You know, like Massport and the turnpike authority, dumping grounds for political hacks like Ginny Buckingham and Matt Amorello.

And then there's her pathetic jibe about "secret meetings" with Sal DiMasi and Robert Travaglini, where they no doubt she envisions they carved Massachusetts up into little fiefdoms straight out of "The Godfather."

But exactly why would Patrick, who captured 50 percent of the vote without the support of legislative leaders, now go to them hat in hand, asking "can I have some more please."

Rather, listen to his explanation. Not exactly out of the Romney-Healey playbook.
"What I understand is the importance of building relationships in order to get stuff done, not demonizing people who differ with me," Patrick said.
But Healey was at her worst in pressing once again for an income tax rollback and suggesting we could have both a rollback and property tax relief -- the classic Republican pander. All you need to do is cut health care costs and reform the state pension system (which you will accomplish how by making the Legislature the scapegoat for everything?)

"Why would anyone who is voting want to vote for a candidate who does not respect the will of the voters?" asked Healey.
A twist of the same question could be asked of Paul Cellucci, who promised voters could rollback the income tax without any pain.

Why don't you respect the intelligence of the voters, Lt. Gov. Healey?

Patrick is indeed being cautious, a logical if risky, tactic with a 25-point lead. But he scored enough points to hold firm in the face of what appears to be increasingly desperate and shrill attacks by an insider who thinks she's an outsider who insists on respecting the voters when she doesn't.

UPDATE: It's always good to be reminded about all the "wasteful" things government spends our money on. Or doesn't spend our money on because they are too busy pandering about taxes.


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