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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spending political capital

It's a rare pleasure to see a politician stand up for what he believes, even if he knows it is unpopular and likely to end badly. And that describes Deval Patrick's pledge to pursue change for immigrants living in Massachusetts.

Seeking to be inclusive in a wildly divisive political climate, Patrick used one of his first public addresses since reelection to push for changes that include in-state tuition and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

A newly energized House Republican Leader Brad Jones predicts defeat and Patrick himself acknowledges nothing can happen without changes in federal law.

Some might call that a hollow promise. But to remind people of a controversial political stand -- even in the face of certain defeat -- is actually somewhat refreshing in the current climate of offering only poll-tested pablum.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say potatoe, I say potato. You say undocumented, I say illegal. But I will give credit to Deval for standing up for what he thinks, even though I disagree. If only we could get more truth in advertising from the people who campaign for office, we might be able to build a better country.

November 17, 2010 7:49 AM  

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