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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, August 05, 2009

Hot fun in the summertime

Let's skip right past the interesting tale of just exactly how Harvard Pilgrim Health Care was returned to fiscal solvency and take on the more delicious task of the names being bandied about as possible running mates for Charlie Baker.

Two names have emerged so far in the sultry summer silliness: Curt Schilling and Dan Grabauskas. Each could make things fun. I can see the bloody sock campaign logo now.

Schilling would be a risky choice: name recognition yes, but what experience does he have in government? A perfect symbol for the uselessness of the No. 2 job. Of course, given the track record of the recent Republican governors in finishing their terms (physically and mentally) it's not quite that useless.

Grabauskas? He'll do for the Commonwealth what he did for the MBTA. Um, I don't think so.

Somehow I think when all is said and done, Baker will find a serious running mate with credentials to indicate the job of running state government in a crisis isn't a game. I think he will probably also look to the business community -- given there is a dearth of candidates with that experience and GOP credentials in state government.

But it sure is fun to speculate.

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