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Saturday, December 12, 2009

What did they know and when did they know it?

The Globe seems to be hot on the trail of the miscreants on governor's staff who approved Deval Patrick's appearance before the Clover Club last week -- until the governor backed out upon learning it was a male-only affair.

But the search for people to blame should really extend to the editorial suites at the Globe -- and even the halls of the Statehouse and One Ashburton Place.

The existence of the Clover Club was hardly a secret among the prominent men and women of Boston. Or to Globe editors. As Alice Richmond pointed out, the difference was this club had legal cover because it was like a floating craps game -- no building, no bar or dining room.

But while it may have been free of legal challenge, it certainly would have made for an interesting story to pursue for Globe reporters or columnists like Joan Vennochi, whose recent columns continue her hard-hitting look at the unequal status of women in Massachusetts politics.

It would have also been an interesting angle to at least mention in today's front page story on Martha Coakley's challenge to the old boy network.
Because the roster at the Clover Club reads like the network clubhouse: Recent speakers have included Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley; Larry Lucchino, chief executive officer of the Boston Red Sox; Charlie Baker, who is currently a Republican challenger to the same Patrick now under the Globe's spotlight; and Andy Card, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush.

Besides the Globe, it's fair to ask where the elected woman have been. Senate President Therese Murray has never been a shrinking violet. Nor has Coakley, who has a prominent career as a Middlesex DA and attorney general prior to the Senate run.

And if governors have traditionally addressed the club, what about Jane Swift?

The search for culprits in the governor's scheduling office seems a lot like the Globe trying to change the subject on where have they been all these years.

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Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

Didn't Coakley already BEAT the Old Boys Network? Those older white men who ran against her and endorsed her opponents?

Odd that this phrase never surfaced until AFTER the primary was safely over....

December 12, 2009 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

I'm not at all surprised that the Cardinal spoke to this male only club. People of great intellect, compassion, and accomplishment can rise to the leadership of the Church, but only if they are male.

December 13, 2009 5:41 AM  

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