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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Saturday, March 20, 2010

In your heart you know he's right...

Barry Goldwater became the godfather to the modern conservative movement was a proud unbending ideology, so firm in his principles that he uttered the memorable phrase, "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

A more apt phrase for Tim Cahill as he pursues an independent bid for governor of Massachusetts would be: if it feels good, do it.

True Believer Tim has now completed an astonishing flip flop, sliding off the right edge with an appearance on Glenn Beck on Fox News Channel to denounce the Massachusetts health care law.

The first question anyone listening to the one-time moderate Democrat turned independent should ask relates to his street cred. After all, he was in office as the state's principal bookkeeper when the landmark law was passed in 2006 under the then-evolving conservative Gov. Mitt Romney.

So when did Cahill have his revelation that the bipartisan effort could take a terrible toll on Massachusetts? The summer of 2009.

It no doubt came to him at the same moment he decided to pursue an independent candidacy for governor, knowing he wouldn't stand a chance for the Democratic nomination, even against an incumbent who high negatives among voters.

Now Turncoat Tim is trying to position himself as the "new" Scott Brown, hero of the Tea Party movement for slaying the Massachusetts liberal dragon. In fact, Tim wants us to know Brown was the copycat.

“I recast myself back in July, long before Scott Brown was even a candidate for the Senate,” the state treasurer told the Herald yesterday.

“I am just following my ideals, which I’ve had since the first day I was in politics: We’ve got to control the size of government and be careful how we spend people’s money,” he added.

I guess that's why he was such a strong voice in trying to resolve the problem of pension abuse -- an area under his direct supervision through the retirement board and the pension investment system.

But enough about facts (although I do like that Cahill admits he "recast" himself). So there was Tim yesterday with Beck, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum in the heart of the lack of reality-based community, slinging arrows at Obamacare and saying "be careful country."

The message for those of us at home is equally simple: "Be careful Massachusetts." Vote for someone who actually has a firm set of beliefs, not a Timmy-come-lately to the swirling winds of feel-good politics.

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