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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Dog days for Deval

No wonder he got a dog.

These haven't been the best of days for Deval Patrick, dealing with lower budgets, higher taxes, political sniping and now, we learn, a bum hip. And he can't even suffer in peace like the rest of us:

Governor Deval L. Patrick is scheduled to have a hip replaced next month and will spend two to three weeks at home to recuperate, temporarily sidelining him at a time when he is tackling the state’s financial crisis and trying to reenergize his political organization for next year’s election.

Yep, he's selfishly thinking of himself right now. Why he'll be ensconced in his vacation retreat while the state fiddles and diddles. I guess they must not have telephones and computers in western Massachusetts.

If you think about it, Patrick could use a break. Tommy Menino, the man with the elephant's memory but without the protective hide, is on the outs with him. So too are Treasurer Tim Cahill, Senate President Therese Murray, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and even Newton Mayor David Cohen.

Heck, they're even picking Smilin' Dan Grabauskas over him.

So you can see why Patrick opted for a black Labrador as a companion. Even though he been known to nip a finger.

There's no denying Patrick is down in the polls. But let's look at a few other items before declaring the election over 15 months ahead of time.

Let's start with the obvious -- Is it a bad thing to have the state's political "heavyweights" lined up against you? Legislative leaders, the mayor for life of the capital city who is always asking for more money and the Newton mayor who will go down in history as building a high school so over the top it's known as the Taj Mahal?

Menino may have offered a strong endorsement too, even unintentionally:
“He doesn’t come out of the governmental world; he comes out of the business world,’’ said Menino. “He doesn’t understand every word is weighted. It’s something he hasn’t mastered.’’
Thanks Mumbles.

And as for the sales tax hike, one let us not forget was dreamed up and rammed through by legislative leaders, well maybe people more than 10 miles from the New Hampshire border aren't as worked up.
“We have to buy what we have to buy,’’ said Rajendra Desai of Randolph, who was shopping for a mattress at Sears in Braintree.
Words you don't hear from Howie Carr's listeners.

And speaking of Howie, he seems to be setting up a circular firing squad for potential Patrick opponents, just as the strategy was laid out by Myth Romney's pointman Eric Fehrnstrom.

So yeah, things aren't looking so hot for Patrick these days. But he still can say the right things.
“I mean to be respectful to all people, and my first focus is and must be the regular folks who are looking to the governor for leadership, or comfort, or support,’’ Patrick said in an interview. “And that is where I give most of my attention, and that implies nothing about the importance of other elected officials. It just says something about where my first focus tends to be.’’
And let's not forget that with enemies like the ones he's been piling up he may have more friends -- aside from Tobey -- than we may think.

It's going to be a fun 15 months for political junkies.

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Anonymous Beacon Street Union said...

You can slash funding for the Boston Medical Center, veto funds for the Franklin Park Zoo, give stimulus money for education to every community except Boston, it seems and generally stiff the capital city and everyone in Boston will love you?

Menino's favorability is at 70%, remember when the Gov's was too. Nice to be a fancy talker, better to be able to run a major public corporation, have the highest bond rating the City's ever had, get an award for education reform by a prestigious foundation, and be honored by your peers as President of their national organization.

Last week, the Mayor convened a regional summit on child nutrition needs, does this mean he has his "hand out" too? Always looking for money for those poor people in Boston and surrounding communities. Shameful.

August 06, 2009 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Beacon Street Union said...

But, everything else aside, everyone shoud wish the Governor well with his upcoming procedure and hope he returns to full health soon afterwards.

August 06, 2009 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Beacon Street Union said...

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August 06, 2009 11:21 AM  
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