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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Roll out the gimmicks

Massachusetts already has term limits. They are called elections. And with two weeks to go until the next one, Charlie Baker appears to be grasping at anything to push himself into the imagination of a public he has failed to stir.

The "outsider" who was also the "genius" when he held two top positions in the Weld administration is now trying on the ultimate in populist outrage wear.
“I’m a big believer in term limits. That’s another one of those things where the voters voted for it and Beacon Hill kind of told them to reconsider. There’s nothing that makes people more cynical than being told by their elected officials to take a walk when they vote on something at the ballot boxes.”
But people also get upset when their elected officials or candidates don't know what they are talking about. The Supreme Judicial Court struck down the 1994 law, a gimmicky plan by the Carla Howell of her day that wouldn't has tossed officials out, it just wouldn't put their names on ballots or have paid them.

And this is an especially bad year to rally for a sweep the bums out law, when fully one-sixth of lawmakers are leaving voluntarily and many others are facing serious challenges. One of them, in case Baker missed it, is his own running mate, Richard Tisei, first elected in 1985.

In fact, it can be argued Massachusetts needs a stronger Republican Party that can actually field candidates for all 200 legislative seats more than it needs a law that could have the effect of playing musical chairs among Democrats.

Even Baker's supporters are skeptical, starting with House Minority Leader Brad Jones.
“Good people are going to get hurt by it,” said Jones, who was elected in 1994. “Basically what we’d be telling somebody is, ‘You’re too experienced to do the job.’ I get that people are frustrated with Legislature, but at end of day that’s what the election is for.’’
Couldn't have said better myself Mr. Leader.

Sorry Charlie. Try something else.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Barack should be allowed to become president for life?

October 19, 2010 8:53 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon, I suggest you check out the 22nd Amendment.

October 20, 2010 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly my point, if it's good enough for the President it's good enough for my local Beacon Hill hack.

October 20, 2010 9:13 AM  

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