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Sunday, November 07, 2010

One-time only offer

There's some real news buried deep within the Globe's post-election sit-down with Deval Patrick: The barely breathing casino gambling bill sitting with House leaders is his last, best offer.

It's too bad the Globe didn't really pay attention to what must be an interesting thought process: why did the man who saw resort casinos as an economic and jobs development tool decide to drop it from a second term agenda that he says is all about jobs?

The interview offers some real insight to the political growth of Patrick -- and an explanation, albeit a sorry one, about why he allowed his grassroots organization to wither. It should be a valuable lesson for Barack Obama too -- although a Republican House and a Senate Minority Leader focused on his political failure makes the situation very different.

Patrick clearly sounds older and wiser politically -- a reality highlighted by his refusal to blame lawmakers for being the root cause of many of the issues Charlie Baker tried to hang around his neck from taxes to less-than-optimum ethics and pension reform laws.

While he offers an olive branch to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, his refusal to rein in his own troops this time is a very loud message. But so is pulling back from casinos, a topic that created friction among those supporters.

Patrick clearly made rookie mistakes that hampered effectiveness. It's also pretty clear he has learned from those mistakes and, yes, has become an insider. After all, it's hard to get anything done from the outside.

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Anonymous dcsln said...

It will be interesting to see how the Patrick/Murray team plans to maintain their grassroots organization. The common goals of a campaign and local organizers helped hold a coalition together, but what will they ask of the ground troops now?

November 07, 2010 7:11 PM  

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