Can we all just get a grip?
You'd have thought Patrick signed a contract to revise the Kama Sutra based on all the words being tossed around. And with a few exceptions, like this, there has been a certain breathlessness, if not outrage, over the news.
Well, as the Outraged Liberal, I suggest we all chill out.
Patrick has displayed an incredible tin political ear and once again reminded us he has an enormous belief in himself. We have a right to wonder if he was really thinking about doing anything "together."
But as the Globe notes, two of Patrick's predecessors (albeit Corner Office bailers) have written books and carried out their day jobs with greater or lesser degrees of success. What he does on nights on weekends is his business -- as long as it doesn't involve escort services or illegalities. No 3 a.m. calls on red telephones at his pay grade.
It's not hard to understand the dismay of idealized Patrick supporters watch him plow ahead to the tune of his own drummer on casinos.
It's also not hard to understand the Massachusetts Republican Party in high dudgeon over this. After all, hypocrisy is the mother's milk of politics and the party's four previous Corner Office occupants made a mess of things before they bailed out -- leaving a largely irrelevant organization desperate for any attention.
But let's look at the immediate road ahead -- which will be much more of a test of Patrick than casinos and book contracts rolled together.
The Associated Press' Steve Leblanc hit the nail on the head with the only really important issue facing the Commonwealth.
OK, now what?The royalties from Patrick's book won't come close to closing that gap. For better or worse, he offered a serious, if flawed proposal to deal with it.
That's the question dogging lawmakers as they search for new revenues after the collapse last week of Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to license three resort style casinos in Massachusetts. Patrick's bill promised an injection of hundreds of millions of new dollars into the state's coffers at a time when Massachusetts is struggling with a $1.3 billion spending gap. Now, with the nation facing a possible recession and Massachusetts still lagging much of the country in job growth, the drive for new dollars is taking on a new urgency.
The governor is certainly is own man when it comes to doing what he thinks is right, the heck with everyone else. How he guides Massachusetts in the next few months will be more telling than any book deal about whether he plans to stick around.
But it wouldn't be a bad idea if we came up with some solutions "together."