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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Teflon Mayor

Bostonians are concerned about the quality of their schools. There is open warfare between City Hall and the firefighters union. A group of Harvard students can find cost-wasting inefficiencies without breaking a sweat.

But Bostonians just love their mayor.

Go figure.

At a time when politicians don't get a lot of love (I'm sure you would agree Deval), Tom Menino keeps humming along. Three would-be challengers -- this time with credentials more substantive than the sacrificial lambs from previous races -- and Menino swamps them all.

There has to be more than the fact 57 percent of all Bostonians have met him. Sure, he's nice enough a guy (OK, maybe a little thin-skinned) but is that the prime requirement for being elected?

If Menino gets an unprecedented fifth term, let's hope the Gang of Three can at least generate a little bit of substance on where Boston has been and where it is going.

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