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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The heart-head conundrum

The contrast could not have been more stark -- while Mike Capuano, Martha Coakley and Steve Pagliuca squabbled over abortion, health care and the home of the Whopper, Alan Khazei stood above the fray, offering hope instead of heat.

Heck, at one point a question from the otherwise superfluous panel suggested Khazei was emulating Deval Patrick's 2006 campaign in terms of rhetoric -- a potential deadly comparison in today's political climate.

But here I am, less than one week before the election, wondering if a vote for Khazei is the ultimate in wasteful self indulgence or whether he actually stands a chance of winning.

Regular visitors know I am not enamored of Pagliuca, but I have deliberately tried to avoid tipping my hand about the other three contenders.

Coakley has been a fine attorney general but I have questions about her heart. Capuano's heart isn't the issue, it's whether the bull in the china shop approach can continue to be productive.

Khazei's roots as the founder of CityYear suggest the inner core of the man is equal to his non-venture capitalist opponents. And his quiet confidence seems to have created the question for many -- can he win and if so can he be effective?

The Globe apparently thinks so, having dropped that stunning endorsement on his shoulders. But as 100th in seniority in an ever-more partisan and divided Senate does it take a prosecutor or a bulldozer to get things done? Or can a quiet and thoughtful man from Massachusetts make himself heard and his presence felt?

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

The US Senate, the slowest legislative body on Earth, is going to work faster to get things done with another complete novice?

You are dreaming.

December 02, 2009 6:18 AM  
Blogger O'Reilly said...

Ask Pelosi is Capuano's approach is effective. She chose him to get stuff done and he did. I don't have to tell you about the votes he takes. Dunno why people don't realize he's hands and feet above the rest.

December 02, 2009 10:22 AM  
Anonymous MaDemC said...

I used to wonder the same thing about Khazei. But last night he mixed up TARP/ARRA, and continued to say that the stimulus had earmarks even after others corrected him . . . (it didn't, and even the guidelines that determined how the money could be used came from the various departments distributing the money, not from Congress).

I hate to say this, but I think he's too eager to have a point than to be right. All this thoughtful, fresh air . . . the ideas he's proposing aren't new or untried, they just haven't had enough support to be successful yet. I don't see him as being able to rally that necessary support, since the only thing he's ever really advocated for was 100% non-controversial. Who doesn't love community service?

December 02, 2009 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Stav said...

This is a 10% turnout race. Khazei has passionate supporters who will turn out. The others? Coakley will get one bus-full of old Russian and Chinese ladies, but not the dozens of busses the machine usually turns out. Cappy will get Som/Cam machine, but that is tiny statewide. So is there any passionate support for either Coakley or Cappy that will turn statewide on a Tuesday in December? I think Khazei has the deep support, the ground game and the momentum to get this done.

MADemC: The GOP hates AmeriCorps as a Bill Clinton initiative. They spent most of the 90's and 2000's trying to dismantle the program. Somehow they didn't.

December 02, 2009 7:41 PM  

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