New office furnishings? Hmmm. A cynic might suspect that this payment represents a preemptive strike by Deval against a pending story in the Boston Herald. The Globe, on the other hand, seems suddenly very tame toward the Governor’s office and instead directs its venom at a particular Republican presidential candidate. (CORRECTION: Tuesday's cynicism about Patrick's motive proved correct, but not my cynicism about the Globe. On Wednesday the redecorating story emerged, but it was the Globe with the story on Patrick's new $10,000 drapes for the Governor's office. Well done.)
“There are tough [budget] choices to make. I realize I cannot in good conscience ask the agencies to make those choices without being willing to make them myself.”
That’s a DUH, sir. As Squaring the Globe noted 4 weeks ago, this behavior is called ‘leadership’.
Your good conscience be damned, sir! Without some act of contrition your personal spending choices would leave you with no credibility among the executive branch, not to mention among the folks who don’t work for you (or even root for you) over on
Better to learn leadership now, Deval, than not at all. BTW, please forget anything you learned about personal choices from your mentor, Bill Clinton. Those lessons won’t help you either.
Deval can at least be relieved that the only broadsheet newspaper in
Deval doesn’t face the biased coverage caused by the deep loathing the Globe newsroom still feels for his predecessor. At least this man of the people need not worry about bogus Globe front page exposés sourced from interviews with the groundskeepers at his 2 multi-million dollar Massachusetts homes.