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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The view from the tank

Wait, there's a message coming in on my secret Doug Rubin decoder ring -- "lob a grenade at Tim Cahill."

Treasurer Tim is gearing up for his not-yet decided run for governor in a chat with the Herald's Hillary Chabot -- and his message is the upcoming battle that he hasn't decided on yet is a personal crusade being led by Doug Rubin, who helped him into the treasurer's office before signing on with Deval Patrick.
Rubin has “already thrown many grenades,” he said. “It’s part of the business. It’s not nice when the people you were in the trenches with start throwing things at you, but it’s part of the business.”
Time for a disclosure: I was in the same room once with Doug Rubin. He would not know me from Adam. I believe I am a member of the same party Cahill soon plans to join: Unenrolled.

Yet Cahill believes those who are lining up against him are in the tank with Patrick and the Democratic Party.

The only thing that is in the tank is the Massachusetts economy. And I haven't really heard anything constructive from the Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth, the independently elected person charged with keeping the books, offer a serious plan to deal with that reality.

Oh sure, he's against taxes and thinks health care may be too costly. So what's his alternative to filling a $3.2 billion revenue gap caused by an imploding national economy?

Cahill came into statewide office on the basis of name confusion and a slogan thought up by his daughter. There hasn't been a heck of a lot of substance since. A lot of posturing, yes. But substance. Un-uh.

To now claim infer that the only thing standing between him and the office for which he hasn't decided to run is the state party apparatus is laughable.

Did I get that right Doug? If not, I may need a new secret decoder ring.

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